This coronavirus has exposed a critical weakness across America.
And I’m not talking about test kits.
The problem is our immune systems.
We’re unable to fight off viral infections as well as we should.
As my colleague Joel Salatin showed yesterday, we’re not giving our immune systems what they need to defend our bodies from this latest invader… or any others, for that matter.
And our standard American diet of highly processed foods and sugars blocks immune cells from doing their jobs… and limits our ability to produce healthy white blood cells needed to fight invaders.
So it’s crucial to add more healthy foods to the mix… like the two grocery store staples I have for you today that deserve a second look.
Equal Opportunity Invader
As we get older, our immune systems lose some of the vim and vigor they once had. That makes us all more susceptible to all sorts of viruses and diseases.
And that’s why it was initially thought that the coronavirus was mainly a concern for the elderly or those with preexisting conditions.
But the coronavirus isn’t discriminating based on age. We now know it’s an equal opportunity invader.
The average COVID-19 patient is just 44 years old.
So this virus clearly isn’t just attacking the sick and the old. It’s finding targets with weak immune systems in every age bracket.
While it’s true that the best way to keep this virus from crossing our path is to keep our distance and stay home (and wash our hands!), we don’t know how long it’s going to be around for.
We need to feed our immune systems the vital nutrients and minerals they need to counter any viral attack.
So here’s a quick and easy way to add some strong immune defenders to your diet.
Vitamins C and E to the Rescue
We all know vitamin C is good for our immune health. But before you reach for another orange… did you know red bell peppers contain, ounce for ounce, double the amount of vitamin C as any citrus fruit?
Broccoli is another overlooked food positively loaded with vitamin C. And broccoli brings another key nutrient to the table as well: vitamin E.
Vitamin E doesn’t get as much time in the limelight compared with vitamin C. But it’s a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from free radicals and plays an important role in boosting the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses.
And because it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, its nutrient levels aren’t reduced when exposed to heat. Even better, you don’t need to worry about loading up on vitamin E every day either. The body stores any extra vitamin E in the liver and fat tissue when it’s not needed.
Other great sources of vitamin E are almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds.
Now, if you’d like to start gnawing on raw bell peppers and broccoli to pass the day… more power to you. But you don’t need to.
Below is a simple recipe that’ll give your immune system the boost it needs while we all wait out this nasty virus.
Note: Have you tried any of our recipes? What else have you been cooking during the quarantine? Let us know here.
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