Care for yourself and others with these tips

In order to fight any infection, adequate nutrition is essential to support the body’s immune system. Poor nutrition can increase the risk of getting infected.  A balanced diet consists of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, which all play an important role in nutritional balance.

  • Choose lean protein (white meat) sources such as chicken, turkey, seafood, or plant-based options like beans, nuts, and legumes.
  • Fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits and leafy greens, provide a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are rich in vitamin E.
  • Dairy products, eggs, and seafood are good sources for vitamin D.
  • Zinc is also important, it is found in food sources like meat and nuts.

Drink plenty of fluids

Be sure to stay hydrated. In general, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Foods such as soups, fruits, and vegetables (watermelons and cucumbers) with high water content, also count as fluid sources. If you are not sure whether you are getting enough fluids, one way to tell is by checking your urine. If you are well hydrated, your urine should be a light color. If your urine is dark consider drinking more water.