Nutrition

Can certain foods boost my immune system and prevent me from contracting COVID-19?

Dietitians of Canada Statement regarding COVID-19

No specific food, supplements, detoxes or cleanses will prevent you from catching COVID-19.
You can however support normal functioning of the immune system with a well-balanced diet following recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide.  Include protein-rich foods, nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. 

If you are self-isolating and especially if you have symptoms, it is important to maintain good nutrition and hydration.  Make sure you are eating and drinking regularly, even if you have a low appetite.

At this time, it makes sense to stock up on non-perishable food items so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick, but avoid panic buying.  Use frozen and canned foods to help reduce the number of visits you need to make to the grocery store.  Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill.

Resources:

UNB Healthy Eating and You - Anna Jackson is the Registered Dietitian at the UNB Student Health Centre.  Available to all full-time UNB and STU students at no cost. To inquire or book an appointment contact the UNB Student Health Centre.

Fredericton's Food Bank - Providing food and clothing to those in need.

COVID-19 Resources:

Pantry Meals:

Grocery Shopping - Order ahead and get your groceries and supplies DELIVERED:

  • Order groceries online from Atlantic Superstore or Walmart for pickup. 

  • Order groceries for delivery using the Instacart app on your phone. Several stores including Walmart, Atlantic Superstore, Costco, and Shoppers Drug Mart offer delivery for a small fee. 

  • If you have an Amazon Prime account you can order many staple items like peanut butter, oats, granola bars, nuts, etc.  Check out our dietitian’s Grocery Staples list for suggestions. 
  • Strawberry Hill Market - Order groceries online for delivery or pick up.

Staying Active at Home:

Eating Disorders:

If you are struggling with an eating disorder the NEDIC helpline chat has remained open.  Do not hesitate to reach out if you need it.

Check out this list of 35 strategies to prevent binge eating.