01/7Foods to avoid while recovering from a coronavirus infection
With the arrival of the year 2022, we hoped for fresh starts, when we would be free of the pandemic and able to resume our usual lives. However, it appears that the pandemic is here to stay, as there has been a resurgence in coronavirus infections, with an increasing number of people becoming infected with the new Omicron type. There has been a sharp increase in Omicron cases, with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reporting that there are currently 1,71,830 active cases. Though scientists agree that this wave is expected to be short-lived, it is important to follow the government’s guidelines, which encourage people to take measures before venturing out. Even if one gets infected with the coronavirus, one must pay close attention to their food because it plays a significant part in recovery. It is critical to consume plenty of fluids as well as meals high in zinc, vitamin C, and protein.
Our immunity aids our physiological system in resisting any bacterial or viral invasion, according to Dr Vishnuraj Prakash, Head of Ayurveda, Vana Retreat, Dehradun. To ward off these illnesses and return to health, one must grasp the importance of a balanced immunological response. If you’re healing from COVID 19, here are some things you should add in your diet.
02/7 Zinc-rich foods
Foods high in the mineral zinc, such as pumpkin seeds, cashews, chickpeas, and salmon, should be included in your diet. This is a necessary vitamin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities. Not only that, but zinc is known to have antiviral qualities, lowering the virus’s capacity to proliferate and cause serious infection.
03/7 Vitamin C-Rich Foods
When it comes to the many vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy immune system, vitamin C is the one that gets the most attention. It’s also known as ascorbic acid, and it’s a water-soluble vitamin that’s high in antioxidants and helps us stay healthy. Citrus fruits, dark leafy vegetables, guava, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, and papaya are among the foods to consider.
04/7 Vitamin D-rich foods
In May 2021, doctors from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and Gandhi Hospital in Telangana released a study on local Covid positive patients in the journal “Nature.” According to the findings, including Vitamin D in treatment procedures improves outcomes, such as the recovery of Covid positive patients. As a result of this research, we can confidently state that diets high in vitamin D may be beneficial in the recovery from Covid-19 variations. As a result, foods including mushrooms, egg yolk, yoghurt, and milk must be included in one’s diet. It’s also beneficial to spend an hour in the sun.
05/7Foods that are high in protein
Protein is another essential vitamin that aids in the healing of cell damage while also helping to develop muscles, which increases your immunity. Protein aids in the recovery of cells that have been damaged by the coronavirus. For the same reason, persons recovering from COVID 19 should eat high-protein meals such as seeds and nuts, lentils, dairy products, chicken, egg, and fish.
06/7 Natural antiviral foods
Some foods are known to have antiviral effects and are commonly consumed in the winter to prevent colds and coughs. Tulsi, ginger, black pepper, cloves, and garlic are commonly thought to be antiviral foods. On an empty stomach or in the form of kadha, they can be taken.
07/7 Increase your fluid intake.
Last but not least, Coronavirus saps all of your energy and power, thus it’s critical to eat nutrients that help the body stay strong. Fluids are essential for replenishing minerals and vitamins in the body as well as washing pollutants out. Coconut water, Amla juice, lassi, chaas, fresh orange juice, and, last but not least, water should all be included in one’s diet. You’ll recover more quickly if you combine these fluids with the foods listed above.