This post was written by Simply Recipes Nutrition Editor, Katie Morford, a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.

When the intensity around the Coronavirus cranked up last week, I overheard a woman say she planned to drown her fears in wine and Ben & Jerry’s. I get it. Dulling your anxiety with alcohol and comfort food is understandable.

A better move, though, is to support your immune system to weather what’s to come. Some of the best strategies include getting plenty of sleep, managing stress (easier said than done), drinking lots of water, and heavying up on healthy foods.

Being poorly nourished diminishes your body’s ability to ward off infection, so it’s important now more than ever to aim for a wide variety of wholesome foods to provide a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. I polled some of my…

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