The number of cases of new coronavirus infection, unfortunately, is growing. The good news is that most are mild to moderately ill and do not need hospitalization.
One of the important points in the treatment of COVID-19 is proper nutrition, which can support our immunity and alleviate the course of the disease, and give the body the strength to fight infection. On the other hand, unhealthy diet and overuse of unhealthy foods can weaken the body and its ability to resist disease.
Nutritionist Julia Khokholkova told that you can not eat when you are sick with COVID and how to properly rebuild your diet in order to more easily transfer a new coronavirus infection.
– Nutrition is an important prevention of COVID. And with mild to moderate severity of the disease, the diet can be an assistant on the path to recovery. For any diseases, including respiratory diseases, it is very important to reduce inflammatory processes in the body. If a person constantly eats fast food, junk food, is in chronic stress, drinks alcohol, smokes, is overweight, it will be much more difficult for him to resist COVID.
What will have to be excluded from the diet:
Sugar and substitutes… Sugar, especially refined sugar, increases inflammation. Read product labels carefully. If you take antibiotics, sugar will “feed” the pathogenic microflora, and the disease may worsen.
Refined oils… Especially everyone’s favorite sunflower. Hydrogenated fats are not beneficial, they only increase inflammation.
Give up chips, crackers, fast food, sushi, soda, pickles, semi-finished products (sausages, dumplings and so on).
Fried dishes… The cooking method can ruin even the healthiest dish. Frying destroys the cardiovascular system and is additional intoxication and glycation.
Make sure you have no intolerances dairy products… If milk does not harm your body, choose one that has a shelf life of no more than 3 days.
Pay attention to the composition of baked goods… It should contain nothing but flour, water, salt and leaven. Anything else can also cause inflammation.
Essential vitamins and minerals
To prevent and combat mild to moderate severity of COVID disease, consume foods rich in vitamins C. It is a good antioxidant that protects the immune system from radical damage and enhances the synthesis of interferons – the body’s own defenses. Black currant and chokeberry, red pepper, rose hips (especially its decoctions) are extremely useful.
Vitamin D-rich foods are healthy… It improves the entire functioning of the body, fights viruses, improving the functioning of the liver and kidneys. It is found in wild salmon, mackerel, herring, cod liver, egg yolks, cheese.
Zinc is also involved in the formation of cells of the immune system… This means that it helps to fight against COVID. Zinc is found in seafood (especially shrimp, seaweed), meat, poultry, beets, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, ginger, and garlic.
Consume Omega-3 Rich Foods… These essential fatty acids not only tune the good functioning of the body and nervous system, but also reduce inflammation. Zinc is found in salmon, herring, mackerel, and flaxseed oil.
Meat, fish, eggs, cheese, seafood are also very important. They contain a protein that is responsible not only for muscles, but also for intoxication, the formation of new tissues, the formation of enzymes, hormones, and so on. The norm is 0.7-1 grams of protein per 1 kilogram of human weight.
An excellent antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent are foods that rich in monolaurin… For example, coconuts.
Vitamin A and Betacarotenes stimulate the activity and proliferation of thymus cells (the thymus gland, which is responsible for our immunity), neurophils, macrophages, NK cells, as well as the maturation and differentiation of T-imphocytes (and all these components are all our immunity). All yellow and orange foods contain important nutrients, especially carrots and pumpkins.
Vitamin E. activates the reproduction of protective cells against the background of a decrease in oxidation. Found in nuts (not roasted), cold pressed oils, especially wheat germ oil.
An important prevention against viruses is adequate water intake. At least 1-2 liters per day. But it is better to exclude coffee and tea by replacing them with herbal teas.
Remember, lifestyle modifications and proper nutrition will help prevent COVID, and in cases of illness, will help to make it easy.