The coronavirus pandemic has really changed the way we eat and shop for food, as well as renewed our interest in staying healthy. So, while many of us normally start a new year off with fitness, health, and wellness goals – this year is a whole new ball game. Our health and wellness is no longer about our individual goals – but coming together as society to protect each other from a wide spreading virus.

2021 has many of us consciously focusing on the following elements to maintain health:

  • Immunity
  • Gut Health
  • Anti-Inflammation
  • Drinking less
  • Exercise
  • More sleep
  • Adaptogens

So whether you are working from home or in the office, make sure to add the following foods to your diet in order to make sure you are doing all you can to protect yourself and your family from the outside in.

Load yourself up with Vitamin C as this helps stimulate the formation of antibodies, foods that are rich in Vitamin C include:

  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Collagen
  • Freeze dried mango
  • Moringa
  • Quinoa

Vitamin E promotes the neutralization of free radicals by working as an antioxidant. Get your full daily dose of Vitamin E with the following foods:

  • Nuts
  • Nut based flours
  • Seeds
  • Plant based oils

There are many zinc-dependent enzymes in our body and deficiency has been linked with immune dysfunction, here are foods to add to your diet rich in zinc to ensure a healthy immune system:

  • Dried beans
  • Dried legumes
  • Nuts
  • Nut based flours
  • Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Wholewheat bread / rolls

Specific amino acids found in protein are essential for T-cell function, which are cells that protect the body against pathogens, so whether you are vegetarian, vegan or a meat eater, make sure to add these foods into your diet for increased protection:

  • Dried beans
  • Dried legumes
  • Nuts
  • Nut based flours
  • Seeds
  • Protein powder (whey or pea protein)
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Hempseed
  • Spelt
  • Teff

Vitamin A is one of the most important to ensure you have in your diet as this vitamin assists with the health of your intestines and respiratory system, make sure to be adding the following into your diet:

  • Dried fruits
  • Flaxseed
  • Nuts

Research shows that dietary habits influence disease risk, eating whole, nutritious foods is important because their unique substances work synergistically to create an effect that can’t be replicated by taking a supplement. So make sure to protect yourself not only with supplements but with what you eat too – unhealthy diets high in sugary drinks, fast food, and refined grains are a main contributor to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity – which will not help you in the battle of avoiding contracting Covid-19.

Be safe – sanitize, wear a mask and eat healthy.


All the food products are available at:

The Health Food Emporium

Shop E4, Northlands Deco Park New Market Street

Alternatively for a limited time only free delivery is available from our website www.thehealthfoodemporium.co.za for those living in the Fourways area.


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