Keeping a Healthy Diet During a Pandemic
“While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, 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” (source: WHO).
Here are a few healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.
Almonds – provide plenty of nutrients, such as: magnesium, vit E, iron, calcium and fiber, and they make a great tasty snack.
Brazil nuts – rich in selenium which is vital for maintaining thyroid function.
Oats – Contain complex carbohydrates, as well as water soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol and reduces cardiovascular problems. It helps stabilize levels of blood glucose and it is a good source of folate and potassium.
Broccoli, Kale and leafy greens – these have anti-inflammatory qualities. Best eaten raw, steamed, or very lightly boiled.
Apples and Blueberries – excellent source of antioxidants, which combat free radicals. Free radicals are damaging substances that the body generates. They cause undesirable changes in the body and may contribute to chronic conditions.
Avocados – provide healthful fats as well as B, K, and E vitamins. They have increased levels of high density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol. This type of cholesterol removes more harmful cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Oily fish – salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which provide benefits for the heart and nervous system. They contain plenty vitamins A and D, help with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Chicken – cost effective and a healthful meat, free-range chicken is an excellent source of protein. Preparation is key. Limit your intake of deep-fried chicken and remove the skin before you eat it.
Eggs – another source of protein, rich in vitamins B-2 and B-12 and they make an easy on-the-go snack.
Sweet potatoes – They rank number one for their vitamin A, C, iron, calcium, protein and complex carbohydrate content. Where possible replace your normal potato with a sweet potato.
Source: Medical News Today.
Article name: What are the most healthful foods
Written by: Alex Novakovic