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7 Foods That Help Your Body Fight Off Viruses

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Mura Dominko of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 8: Talk to any medical professional, and they'll tell you that there is no such thing as "curing" a virus. Viruses are tiny germs that replicate in our body using our cells, and as such, are difficult to target with a specific treatment. The only defense against them is our own immune system. Unlike bacteria, which can be killed off with antibiotics, viral infections (including the coronavirus) are ailments that our bodies just have to fight off on their own.And while that may seem worrisome, there are some things we can do to boost our immune systems naturally, giving our bodies a better chance of recovering from viral infections sooner. Not to mention, the stronger your immune response, the milder your symptoms will be, too.On the front lines of this effort to boost your immune system are three incredibly important factors: quality sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Yes, it is crucial to maintain an optimal immune-boosting diet during a viral pandemic like the one we are currently experiencing. Although there is no such thing as foods that kill viruses, there are some foods that can boost your immune response to viral attacks."While specific foods will not prevent you from getting sick if you are exposed to a virus, ensuring you are getting a variety of vitamins and minerals from your daily diet is a key factor in maintaining a strong immune system. Then your system can properly fight illness, potentially reduce its severity, and speed up recovery." says Rachel Berman, RD and general manager of VeryWellFit.

7 Foods That Help Your Body Fight Off Viruses

Talk to any medical professional, and they'll tell you that there is no such thing as "curing" a virus. Viruses are tiny germs that replicate in our body using our cells, and as such, are difficult to target with a specific treatment. The only defense against them is our own immune system. Unlike bacteria, which can be killed off with antibiotics, viral infections (including the coronavirus) are ailments that our bodies just have to fight off on their own.

And while that may seem worrisome, there are some things we can do to boost our immune systems naturally, giving our bodies a better chance of recovering from viral infections sooner. Not to mention, the stronger your immune response, the milder your symptoms will be, too.

On the front lines of this effort to boost your immune system are three incredibly important factors: quality sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Yes, it is crucial to maintain an optimal immune-boosting diet during a viral pandemic like the one we are currently experiencing. Although there is no such thing as foods that kill viruses, there are some foods that can boost your immune response to viral attacks.

"While specific foods will not prevent you from getting sick if you are exposed to a virus, ensuring you are getting a variety of vitamins and minerals from your daily diet is a key factor in maintaining a strong immune system. Then your system can properly fight illness, potentially reduce its severity, and speed up recovery." says Rachel Berman, RD and general manager of VeryWellFit.

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