Tweaking your grocery list to boost immune health

Registered dietitian shares how to boost your immune system and buy healthier non-perishables

BLACKSBURG, Va. – We’re working for you, finding you healthier non-perishable options and foods to help boost your immune system.

Grocery shopping in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can get a little overwhelming. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maya Hickman takes us inside her kitchen to show us how tweaking a few things on your grocery list can go a long way.

Here are Hickman’s recommendations for boosting your immune system. She breaks those recommendations down in this clip.

Overall immune-boosting dietary tips:

  • Eat the rainbow - eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Add herbs and spices - garlic, onions, oregano, turmeric
  • Avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods

Nutrients that can help boost the immune system:

  • Vitamin C -- citric fruit (lemons, oranges, grapefruit), kiwi, red pepper, broccoli)
  • Zinc -- meat, fish, nuts and seeds, legumes, eggs, dairy
  • Vitamin D -- fatty fish, sardines, egg yolks, mushrooms, fortified foods (milk & dairy)
  • Beta-carotene (converts to vitamin A) -- carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes

For seniors or people who may feel they are not getting enough of those vitamins in their diet, supplements are another option.

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