Currently Covid-19 pandemic is a leading challenge across the globe. It is mandatory to attain and maintain good nutritional status to fight against virus. Nutritional status of individual is affected by several factors such as age,health status, life style and medications. Nutritional status of individuals has been used as resilience towards destabilization during this COVID-19 pandemic. Optimal nutrition and dietary nutrient intake impact the immune system, therefore the only sustainable way to survive in current context is to strengthen the immune system. There is no evidence found that supplement can cure the immune system except Vit C, which is one of the best way to improve immune system. A proper diet can ensure that the body is in proper state to defeat the virus. However along with the dietary management guidelines the food safety management and good food practices is compulsory.
A proper diet can help to ensure that the body is in the strongest possible state to battle the virus. The food safety management system must provide food safety officials and workers with proper personal protective equipment to avoid contamination.
What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections. Healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.
Food safety, nutrition, and wellness during COVID-19
- Eat fruits daily ( apple, banana, strawberry, cantaloupe melon, guava,, pineapple, papaya, orange, Longman fruit, blackcurrant, pummelo) with a serving size of two cups (4 servings).
- Eat fresh vegetables (green bell peppers, garlic, ginger, kale, lime, coriander (dried), broccoli, green chili pepper) 2.5 cups of vegetables (5 servings) legumes (beans and lentils).
- Eat at home to avoid contact with other people and try to reduce the chance of being exposed to COVID-19.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle of exercise, meditation, and regular sleep. Adequate sleep will help to support immune functioning.
- Drink 8–10 glasses of water every day. It helps to transport nutrients in the blood, gets rid of waste, and regulates the body temperature.
- Limit the salt intake to five g a day.
- Do not overcook vegetables as it leads to the loss of important nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
- Use nuts like almonds, coconut, and pistachio.
- Eat whole grains and nuts, 180 g of grains (unprocessed maize, oats, wheat, millet, brown rice or roots such as yam, potato, taro or cassava)
- For snacks, choose fresh fruits and raw vegetables rather than foods that are high in sugar, salt or fat. Avoid irregular snacking.
COVID-19) Spreads primarily from person to person. Fighting this disease is our joint responsibility.
Protect yourself and others by making simple precautions your new habits:
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cough or sneeze in your bent elbow-not your hands
- Limit social gatherings and time spent in crowded places
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.