There are many ways to keep the immune system functioning optimally “which can help to keep you healthy and give you a better chance of overcoming the disease, if contracted”.
Here are some recommendations:
Get regular sleep and exercise and eat a balanced diet, incorporating food from the Caribbean that are rich in vitamins and minerals, also called "micronutrients", and "macronutrients" such as protein, fat and carbohydrate.
Limit alcohol consumption and avoid sugary drinks, which deplete immune health.
Increase intake of multivitamins and minerals. One particular vitamin that has a lot of benefit is Vitamin C, which is aligned with supporting the immune system. Consumption of citrus fruits, as well as red sweet pepper, has a higher Vitamin C content than orange.
Individuals with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, to continue to consume their meals in moderation but add fruits and vegetables to improve their immune system.
Children should have adequate amounts of vitamins and macronutrients in their diet and protein because protein helps with recovery and it helps with healing and they are growing.
The elderly need to consume macro and micro nutrients and ensure that they are properly hydrated.
Use dietary supplements if individuals are unable to maintain a balanced diet.
Practice good personal hygiene and ensure that food is prepared in safe conditions so that the immune system operates at its optimum.