How to eat well and support the immune system


With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of discussion in both print media and online about whether a healthy diet can ‘boost’ the immune system. While unfortunately, there is no evidence for a dietary panacea, there are still a number of diet and lifestyle choices that you can make to help support your health and the health of your family. This is reflected by the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasising in March 2020 that good diet and lifestyle measures all play a role in maintenance of good health and particularly for those without underlying disease conditions this ought to support a healthy immune system.

The points below are a few broad guidelines that are simple to follow and will stand you in good stead over the coming weeks and months. It is also important to note that these should be done alongside current government guidelines to only leave the house for food, health reasons or work (where essential), staying two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times when outside the home and handwashing as per official advice. As more of us are spending more time at home than usual, it provides a good opportunity to dedicate some extra time to cooking and eating well. While this may evoke images of Masterchef-worthy dishes, genius is often contained within simplicity.

Whether cooking for the family or just for one, simple ingredients used in combination can be combined to make a healthy, nutritious meal while also providing the satisfaction in learning a new recipe, trying out new cuisine or bringing one of your all-time favourites back to the table. Here are some top tips to make cooking easier and more accessible.

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