COVID-19 Recovery Diet: Here’s What You Should Eat When Recovering From Coronavirus
Recovery from Covid-19 was challenging for many as the battle was not limited to recovery but extended to maintenance of Health Post Infection. The virus disrupts the immune system so it becomes mandatory to rebuild the immunity and strength to keep other health issues at bay. The best way to build back your immune system is through a good diet and nutrition. Even so, there is no stress on any specific diet to fight the current pandemic; According to the World Health Organization, any healthy diet that fulfills all the nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients of a body will ensure the safeguard of the population at large. In this article, we will discuss some wholesome conventional as well as modern diets that would help one in boosting its immune system Post Covid-19.
Covid-19 Recovery Diet
If you are someone who has recently contracted the virus and due to post covid effects your body is unable to accustom back to its original strength, then it is of prime importance that you eat food in such a way that creates an optimum environment within the body to defeat the virus. Consuming a healthy and nutritious diet along with the prescribed medication would accelerate the covid-19 recovery growth.
A healthy diet should not mean eating certain healthy ingredients in a humongous amount of depriving your body of fats altogether, instead, a Balanced Diet rich in all sources should be consumed for a perceived benefit.
As per Dr. Kavitha Fenn, a Madurai-based psychiatrist, “A good nutritional diet helps a battered body in building its energy level very fast”. She recommends an intake of easy-to-digest food in small measures as after the infection the body is not prepared to labor hard over heavy meals and her advice is not limited till covid recovered patients, she refers the same to those people who have witnessed the adversity through the pandemic.
In this article we have mentioned Covid-19 Recovery Diet that one should follow post-covid-19 for a speedy recovery:
As we know that covid-19 infection disrupts the whole immunity of the body and after recovery, the body must regain its strength for proper functionality. Calorie-Rich foods like wheat, millets, oats, brown rice are a must to add to the diet to gain the energy back. Starchy roots like sweet potato, yam, and tapioca in your daily consumption are considered beneficial in boosting the covid effective immune system. Carbohydrates that are extremely beneficial and give a boost of energy are highly recommended. However, any carbohydrates in fried form should be avoided including junk food.
Proteins are very essential macronutrients that help reverse tissue damage and gain stamina and strength. Protein efficient diet helps in guarding against harmful pathogens that enter the body. A Protein-Rich diet should include all types of lentils and legumes, milk and its by-products, soy, eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts, etc. Lactose tolerant people would have immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, and anti-hypertensive effects on their bodies.
Post covid infection when you are recuperating, the body becomes very dehydrated so it is very important to keep it hydrated 24*7. Water is the best form of hydration as it regulates body temperature, carries essential nutrients, and eliminates waste and toxins out of the system. Although water consumption varies among people according to their bodyweight minimum of 3L of water is a must for everyone to drink daily during recovery. Other fluids like chicken or vegetable broth soup, herbal teas, coconut water, butter mint with a dash of cumin, and fresh seasonal fruit juice (without sugar) are also recommended for good hydration. However, consumption of caffeine-rich liquids and carbonated beverages is strictly restricted.
Increase Your Immunity
Our Indian kitchens are full of efficacious ingredients that help a lot in boosting immunity. Ginger, turmeric, garlic, cumin, coriander, mint, honey, and black pepper, etc are used in different combinations and items for overall well-being. All the aforementioned products have immune-boosting properties and are loaded with antioxidants and bioactive compounds.
Vitamins needed for Recovery
Usually, vitamin needs vary in different cases and there is no FDA-approved vitamin or supplement that has any particular effect on Covid-19. But as we know that Covid-19 has symptoms like cold and flu, so Vitamins like B, C, and D help boost the immune system.
Vitamin B – This particular vitamin is a supplement for your daily needs of vitamins and keeps your immune system free from any kind of deficiency.
Vitamin C – This acts as an antioxidant and helps in hindering infections or shortening their stay in our body. Food like Citrus fruits, tomatoes, papaya, amla, kiwi, strawberries, and bell peppers helps in the absorption of other nutrients like iron and zinc.
Vitamin D – To maintain the optimum blood level of Calcium and Phosphorous is the primary function of Vitamin D. The best source of this is through the sun’s ultraviolet rays and supplements. Based on the studies of the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, it is proved that getting enough Vitamin D can also protect us from having various respiratory infections.
In this pandemic maintaining a good and healthy diet is of utmost importance for a healthy being. A balanced diet for covid infected patients would help in retaining back their immunity and strength at a faster pace. Healthy food choices with improved diet quality will help in recovering the disruption of the covid-19 virus and safeguard the population from this novel virus.
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