Eating Habits Key to Sound Immune System

  • By Kim Chul-joong

    January 07, 2022 08:55

    A sound immune system means patients recover faster even if they are infected with coronavirus, according to Lee Kyung-mi, a professor at Cha University who describes herself as a food therapist.

    Lee recommends a diet that helps reduce chronic inflammation and strengthens the overall immune system.

    A compromised immune system often shows up as chronic inflammation, she explains. "Everyone's symptoms are different -- those who are tired even after long hours of sleep and those who suffer from cold or allergies all year around -- but the main cause is chronic inflammation."

    "That's a sign that something is wrong with the immune system and people should change their eating habits to reduce it."

    There is no single medical treatment to boost the immune system as various factors such as nutrition, mentality and hormones are involved. But stronger immunity can be obtained from healthier balanced and varied diet, she added.

    "Even if it's the same ingredients, boiling causes less inflammation and destruct nutrients less than frying," she suggests. "Use ingredients with their peel and cook them briefly with less water at a lower temperature. Natural ingredients are the key to a healthy immune system."

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