COVID19 AND NUTRITION: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
It’s obvious everyone wants to know if any dietary approaches or particular types of food could help prevent or even manage the incidence of the very dreaded COVID19.
Well, I’d burst your bubbles by saying ‘ there is NO FOOD’ or dietary approach to help prevent the spread.
Kindly note that several pieces of advice and news would fly about on how to prevent the virus, but please heed only to verified health platforms such as : NHS, CDC, and WHO.
Everyone is encouraged to follow advice from the government and health sectors as social distancing, safe hygiene as washing of hands with soap and using alcohol based sanitizers, and self quarantining.
Frequently asked questions about the virus are:
- CAN I BOOST MY IMMUNE SYSTEM THROUGH DIET?
Simply put, you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet, and nonspecific food or nutrients will prevent you from catching COVID 19. Good hygiene practices remain the best means to avoiding infection.
So many nutrients are involved in the normal functioning of the immune system, so just make sure you maintain a healthy balanced diet to support proper immune function. No food is preferred above the other but nutrients as: copper, vitamin A, B6, B12, vitamin C and D helps in maintaining the immune system.
- SHOULD I TAKE VITAMIN D AND C SUPPLEMENTS?
Most of your vitamin D comes with the help of the sun as it activates the vitamin D in your skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and also helps the immune system function well by stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies that bind invading microbes in the system. There is really no need to shove supplements and pills down your neck during this endemic, overdose of vitamins would lead to toxicity (hypervitaminosis) which could also lead to fatal health conditions: you don’t want to enter into trouble in these times of trouble do you?
It’s more advisable that your nutrients come from your diets.
Food sources of vitamin c include:cantaloupe, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, citrus fruits, strawberries, watermelon etc.
- SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT FOOD SAFETY AND COVID19?
Whatever safe hygiene methods you have followed in the past concerning food handling and processing, just keep at it. There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted when handling or preparing food.
STOCK UP ON NUTRITION-packed foods that will stay fresh for a week or longer:
- Breads- whole wheat, white, brown bread, bagels.
- Grains- instant oatmeal, quick cooking pasta, couscous,
- Vegetables- sturdy fresh veggies as broccoli, celery, potatoes.
- 100% juice
- Chicken-frozen or canned
- Legumes- chickpeas, blackbeans
- Seafoods- frozen shrimp, canned tuna, sardines, salmons.
Make sure you don’t use this period to indulge wrongly, you could go into emotional eating and gain some extra pounds.
Practicing safe hygiene matters a lot in this period, wash your hands always with soap after coming in contact with animate and inanimate things.
Wash utensils properly and make sure your foods are cooked properly with adequate amount of heat.