Friday, November 13, 2020 by Divina Ramirez
Good nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy immune system and boosting its ability to fight infectious diseases. Therefore, eating a well-balanced diet is especially important during this pandemic that’s caused by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a paper published in the Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, researchers from Aga Khan University in Pakistan explored the relevance of good nutrition to immune health and offered dietary guidelines that could help people keep COVID-19 at bay.
The stress of isolation and the disruption of routines due to the pandemic have left many people struggling to keep their physical health in check. The fear of catching the coronavirus in public places has also limited access to fresh and nutritious foods, further reducing opportunities to eat a healthy and varied diet every day.
But recent studies suggest that an individual’s nutritional status is key to maintaining a healthy immune system. A strong immune system is essential for maximum protection against the coronavirus.
With COVID-19 still affecting several nations including the United States, it is important to know which foods and eating practices can help improve your immune health. Here are some tips for upgrading your diet to an immune-boosting one:
Besides these, the researchers also recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support your immune function. This entails exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and managing your stress levels effectively.
More than eating a balanced diet, protection from COVID-19 hinges on observing good food practices that minimize the risk of contamination. This is particularly important since the virus can survive on different surfaces for several days. Recommended good food practices are as follows:
Staying at home during the pandemic can be challenging for some people. The increased anxiety it brings can also cause people to neglect good eating habits and indulge in bad foods.
On the other hand, making healthy food choices, adopting a balanced diet and practicing good hygiene in the kitchen can help you boost your immune system so you’ll have better protection against COVID-19.
Learn more about how to ward off COVID-19 and other diseases with good nutrition at Prevention.news.
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