As apparently we have no cure for COVID-19, all we can do it to manage our health in the best possible way. Along with other concerns, a proper healthy diet can ensure a robust immune system that can help resist any attack by the virus. Considering that, it is very important to not only focus on our medicines but our food intake too. Here is a little guide about the foods that can lead you to quicker recovery if you are COVID-19 patient.
Eat Fresh Foods and Stay Away From Unprocessed Items
Fresh food and vegetables are a great way to consume energy and nutrition. Here is what you can eat regularly and also, as a snack.
What To Eat
- Legumes (e.g. lentils, beans)
- Nuts and whole grains (e.g. unprocessed maize, oats, wheat, brown rice or potato)
- Foods from animal sources (e.g. meat, fish, eggs and milk).
Raw vegetables and fresh fruits are healthier snacks as compared to other foods that are high in sugar, fat or salt. If you are cooking vegetables, try not to overcook them as that can lead to a loss of important vitamins.
Drink As Much Water As You Can
Water is an essential part of our life. It helps us regulate our body temperature and gets rid of waste. Try to drink at least 8–10 cups of water every day.
Water is the best choice for hydration and is preferred over anything but if you do not like drinking plain water only, try to consume other drinks such as:
- Lemon juice mixed with cold water
Be careful not to consume too much caffeine, and avoid sweetened fruit juices and fizzy drinks as they all contain sugar.
Avoid Consuming Too Much Fat And Oil
There are two types of fats, healthy and unhealthy. Consume fats that are unsaturated and healthy, which are found in:
- Olive oil
- Sunflower oil
White meat ie poultry and fish, as compared to red meat are healthier as they are generally low in fat. Similarly, processed meat is high in fat and salt and should be avoided.
- Processed food
- Fast food
- Snack food
- Fried food
Eat Less Salt And Sugar
When a family member is cooking for you, ask them to prepare your food with less salt in it. Limit the amount of salt intake to less than 5 g approximately 1 teaspoon and shift to iodized salt.
In sweets, opt for fresh fruits instead of sweet snacks such as cookies, cakes and chocolate.
A Word From Marham
Stay indoor to stay safe. COVID-19 is now everywhere and the only thing that’ll keep us safe is to stay in your homes. If you are a COVID-19 patient and want to talk to a doctor, marham.pk is providing you with a service that can allow you to reach your doctor through online consultation.
Call us now at 03111222398 to book an online consultation.
Stay Home Stay Safe.
Javeria Adil Chughtai
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