April 1, 2020 9:00 am
We placed importance in using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect us from getting infected with COVID-19 like wearing face mask, and for frontline clinicians and healthy workers, also wearing sanitary gloves, face shields, even the use of acrylic boxes in treating infected patients.
There is another layer of protection that we should strengthen in these perilous times and this is our body’s immune system. The immune system is a collection of cells and antibodies within our body that fights off infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
According to the Journal of Nutritional Sciences, eating whole or natural foods greatly helps in strengthening your immune system. This include intake of natural whole proteins such as Tuna, which is also known for its healthy fats. Protein helps maintain the structure of immune system cells and antibodies.
Different micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, also play a major role in fighting infectious diseases. Immune system cells reproduce rapidly and they need vitamins and minerals to support this reproduction and function properly. Vitamins and minerals are commonly found in unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Light cooking for different gulay recipes is also advised in order to maintain the nutrients of these food items.
Make every mealtime an opportunity to strengthen your immune system. Try this Grilled Pineapple Tuna recipe for your protein, vitamins, and mineral intake. This recipe is made with Sarsaya® Oyster Sauce that does not only gives an amplified umami taste to your dishes, but can also be used as marinade or basting liquid for your grilled items.
Keep safe and be healthy in this time of pandemic. Load yourselves with food that can help strengthen your immune system. Watch out for more Tips and healthy recipes that will help power up your body’s defenses.