The fear about coronavirus resulted in online searches and plenty of misleading information about how to strengthen the immune system.

Here’s what works:

-Eat a well-balanced diet. Be sure to include plenty of fresh colorful vegetables & fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, legumes and lean meat.

-Eat foods that are high in Vitamin C including sweet peppers, broccoli, kiwi and lemon.

-Reduce mucous-forming foods. Decrease your intake of dairy, sugar and processed foods and cut back on alcohol.

-Add ginger, turmeric, onion & garlic in your meals or drinks. These herbs & spices are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

-Stay hydrated - Drink at least 2 liters of filtered water every day.

-Improve your sleep habits- Get a good night’s sleep and take time to rest and relax. 8 hours of sleep is a must.

-Exercise regularly – exercise promotes good circulation, which allows the cells of the immune system to work efficiently.

-Check your vitamin D level - Research has shown that the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off viruses. You can get vitamin D naturally through sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in some foods, including fatty fish like salmon, and in small amounts in eggs, cheese, and mushrooms. Taking a vitamin D supplement under the guidance of your healthcare professional or clinical dietitian might also be a good idea.