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3 Items to Avoid Eating or Drinking If You Want to Strengthen Your Immune System

Odds are, you have spent the last several months concerned about immunity, or the ability to avoid illness. With the coronavirus pandemic more contagious than ever, there’s plenty of reason to prioritize your health right now, while boosting your immune system wherever possible. Aside from taking supplements and doing your best to stay safer at home, you can also hack your diet to be friendlier to your immune system. Here are a few things you should avoid eating or drinking if you want to boost your immunity and help protect your family from novel coronavirus, the common cold, and everything in between.

Sugar-Rich Soda

You’ve heard that your soda habit could be harmful, and now, here’s another reason to cut back: soda consumption can weaken your immune system over time. This is because sugary sodas contribute to obesity and related chronic diseases, which in turn suppress your immune system. Excess sugar consumption is also linked to increased inflammation and a compromised ability to fight illness.

Alcoholic Beverages

Overindulgence in alcoholic beverages doesn’t only result in dehydration, fatigue, anxiety, and a myriad of other concerns. It can also cause a decline in your body’s ability to fight illness, leaving you more susceptible to pneumonia and other lung conditions, slowing wound healing, and slowing recovery from general illness. Yikes!

Too Many Frozen Meals

Frozen meals offer an easy way to get dinner on the table in minutes flat. Yet, frozen or pre-packaged meals can impair your immunity, thanks to their high concentration of sodium, sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbs, and low volume of nutrients. Eat whole, unprocessed foods for the best benefits. If you must, reach for frozen meals from health-oriented brands like Dr. Praeger’s or Daily Harvest.

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