Doesn’t it make sense that the food we put into our bodies will affect how it functions – now and over the next few days and weeks? We know the coronavirus health crisis is a difficult time. Many of us are more tempted than ever before to reach for processed foods, alcohol and sugar. The problem with all of these is that they do nothing to support our bodies. In fact, they can even hurt our immune systems because they are pro-inflammatory. Below are foods that reduce inflammation, as well as our nutrition tips to help strengthen your body’s natural defenses. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article to see a comparison of pro-inflammatory foods vs. anti-inflammatory foods.


Broccoli is a rich source of calcium, vitamin C and fiber – all important for overall health.


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Wild caught salmon and tuna are great examples of fish with plenty of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory diseases. Simply sprinkle your salmon with salt, pepper and garlic powder or dill. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until salmon flakes when pulled apart with a fork.

Bell Peppers

Different colors of bell peppers are a result of varying degrees of ripeness (green – least ripe, red – most ripe). They are all rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. 


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Not everyone likes mushrooms, but if you do, know they are packed with B vitamins and natural antioxidant minerals like selenium and copper. I love them sauteed in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper as a topping for meat or a stand alone side dish.

Green Tea

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It is well known that green tea has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, antioxidant properties, and is a natural source of caffeine for a boost in the morning.

Turmeric & Black Pepper

It’s a strange combination, but both are needed in combination for our bodies to access the incredible powers of turmeric! If you are not in Phase 1, try this recipe above for Golden Milk. It combines many beneficial spices in a warming super drink. If you are in Phase 1, try flavoring your veggies with turmeric, black pepper, garlic and salt. 


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Not only are tomatoes versatile, but they contain an antioxidant called lycopene, along with vitamin C and potassium. 

Finally, here is a helpful chart. Try to base the majority of your meals on anti-inflammatory foods while limiting pro-inflammatory foods to boost your health!

We hope you enjoyed these nutrition tips to help you stay healthy during coronavirus (and beyond)!

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