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Keeping Healthy While at Home
A strong immune system and good health habits are a way to give your body extra protection. Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system. Although no one food or supplement can prevent illness, you can support your immune system with these nutrient-rich foods and by practicing the following healthy behaviors.
Immune Supporting Nutrients
To keep your immune system healthy, focus on a balanced eating plan with these key nutrients that help regulate and support the immune system, protecting against infections.
- Vitamin A / Beta Carotene - get this vitamin from fruits and vegetables that are red, yellow, orange and dark green including: carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers & mango.
- Vitamin C - include citrus fruit, berries, melons, tomatoes, bell peppers & broccoli.
- Vitamin D - found in fatty fish (salmon & tuna) and eggs. Milk is usually fortified with vitamin D.
- Zinc - tends to be better absorbed from animal sources such as lean meat, poultry and seafood. However, is also in vegetarian sources including beans, whole grains and nuts.
- Protein - eat a variety of protein foods from seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, beans and lentils.
- Probiotics - are good bacteria that promote health. Sources include cultured dairy product like yogurt and kefir, and fermented foods such as kimchi.
It is recommended that the following steps be taken to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.
- Wash Your Hands Often - with soap & water.
- Cover Coughs or Sneezes - use a disposable tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
- Keep Your Distance - avoid contact with people that are sick. Practice social distancing - keep 6’ apart.
- Clean & Sanitize Surfaces Frequently
During this current outbreak, stay at home unless you have a medical emergency. Keep informed as this is an evolving situation.
Hand Washing Basics
Proper hand-washing stops germs. Do it right and do it often.
- Wet hands with warm running water & apply soap.
- Take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands - sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Wash between fingers, under fingernails, the front and back of your hands.
- Rinse hands with warm water.
- Dry hands with a single-use paper towel or if at home a clean towel.
Always Wash Hands:
Before handling & preparing food, after handling raw meats or egg products, using the restroom, coughing or sneezing, handling garbage or dirty dishes, smoking, touching animals or other people, using the phone or handling dirty laundry.
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