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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

As a student on a budget, I am always looking for alternative ways to keep my body healthy through my diet, protecting my immune system as well as my long-term health. After taking a human nutrition class at UC Berkeley, my knowledge of food skyrocketed and I was able to make better food choices to help my body stay healthy as we transitioned from Zoom University to in-person classes.

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The first foods that I want to highlight to boost your diet are guava, kiwi, and red pepper. These foods are rich in Vitamin C, which helps synthesize collagen in your body and gives you better skin, hair, and nails.

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The second group of foods that I wanted to emphasize is plentiful in Vitamin A: sweet potato, carrots, and kale. Having Vitamin A in your diet helps keep your immune system strong and also maintains your vision.

Another important group of food for regulating your body includes soy milk, salmon, and eel. These foods all contain high amounts of Vitamin D, which regulates calcium concentration and blood chemical concentrations such as phosphorus.

Sunflower seeds, almonds, and avocado are great sources of Vitamin E, which is a vitamin that helps form necessary blood clots when you cut yourself. It also helps boost your immune system.

The last group of foods is prominent in Vitamin K, and it consists of spinach, kale, and brussels sprouts. Vitamin K is good for clotting blood when you cut yourself, as well as for the structure and health of your bones.

Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional and these are simply some suggestions to help improve your diet.

This article was made with information from McGraw-Hill Education’s Human Nutrition textbook.

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Chantal Chew

UC Berkeley '24

Hi everyone! I am a second year at UC Berkeley studying Public Health. On my free time I enjoy binge watching new shows on Netflix, FaceTiming family, and hanging out with friends.