What you eat while stuck at home can help — or hurt — your immune system

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You’ll need a good immune system to help you stay healthy during this coronavirus pandemic, and it all starts with what you eat.

Megan Carrier, an outpatient registered dietician at Einstein Healthcare Network, suggests eating at least two servings of vegetables every day.

“Especially dark, leafy greens,” she advised. “Any other vegetable is also good to include, except peas, corn and potatoes — they break down in the body like rice and pasta, so I don't typically include them as a vegetable. 

“We also want to include a lot of fruit — that has a lot of vitamins and minerals. I also encourage lean meats, fish and eggs, and plant-based proteins like nuts, seeds and beans.”

It doesn’t matter if the produce is fresh, frozen or canned, just rinse off the canned items to remove the excess salt.

This is all easier said than done, of course, when many of us are stuck at home until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the fridge feels omnipresent.

Drink a lot of water and avoid sweet drinks like soda or iced tea. Steer clear of greasy, fried foods, junk food, and anything with a lot of refined sugar, along with alcohol and cigarettes — they’re all harmful to the immune system.