Maintain a healthy diet during COVID-19 pandemic
Eating the right kinds of foods, in the right amounts, is very crucial for our health. COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot in the daily lives of people. During these difficult times, it has become essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent COVID-19 infection, but by maintaining a healthy diet we can keep our immune system strong for fighting the disease.
Tips for maintaining a healthy diet:
Eat a variety of foods:
Every day, eat a combination of different foods including whole grains such as wheat, maize and rice, legumes like lentils and beans, fruit and vegetables and some foods from animal sources (e.g. meat, fish, eggs and milk).
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables:
Keep salt intake to less than 5 g per day (approximately 1 teaspoon):
Eat moderate amounts of healthier fats and oils:
Limit sugar intake:
Drink enough water and stay hydrated: Good hydration is crucial for optimal health. Drinking enough plain water is a simple way to get hydrated as it has zero calories.
Avoid hazardous and harmful alcohol use: Alcohol is not part of a healthy diet. Drinking alcohol does not protect against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
Continue to practice good food hygiene: COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is not a food-borne disease. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread through contact with the food purchased. However, it’s always important to practice good food hygiene like- keep clean; separate raw and cooked food; cook thoroughly; keep food at safe temperatures; use safe water and raw materials to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
Adopt other healthy life style measures: In addition to a healthy diet, other lifestyle measures are also vital for maintaining good health and a healthy immune system. A healthy lifestyle includes additional strategies such as: exercising regularly; getting adequate sleep; not smoking and, minimizing and coping with stress.
Precautions to take while shopping for groceries:
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