As COVID-19 infections are on the rise, and numbers are surging as the entire world including Egypt battles the second wave of coronavirus, taking care of our immune systems has become an important task for every household.
When battling any virus, watching what you eat plays an important role in your recovery. Doctors have recommended those who are infected with COVID-19 to get complete rest and focus on their immunity-boosting nutrition. But, what about foods to avoid?
To help you out, here are some items to remove from your daily menu during your infection phase:
Types of food to avoid during your COVID-19 infection:
- Salty food
- Caffeinated drinks
The World Health Organization, (WHO) recommends consuming less than 5 grams of salt per day. Your salt intake will definitely affect your immune system. Avoid eating salty food such as canned food which is full of preservatives and instead opt for fresh fruits and vegetables. If you must eat canned food such as tuna, try rinsing it very well first.
Fatty food especially those with saturated fats are very unhealthy and can make your inflammation worse. Instead of eating foods such as red meat and cheese, you should get your healthy fats from food such as eggs, fatty fish, nuts, and avocados.
We all know sugar isn’t healthy for our immune systems, so it’s best to avoid them when infected with COVID-19. If you crave something sweet, eat dried fruits, fruits, and juices instead of opting for unhealthy desserts and candy.
Sodas and caffeinated drinks
Stay as hydrated as much as possible. Caffeine may cause dehydration which will have a negative impact on your recovery. Drink water and enough juice to keep you hydrated.
Alcohol weakens the immune system and undermines your body’s ability to cope with infectious diseases, including COVID-19. It also makes you vulnerable to risks, such as falls, injuries, or violence when under quarantine with someone else.
Alcohol consumption is also known to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear, and panic – symptoms that can intensify during isolation and self-quarantine; in addition to making certain medications less effective, while increasing the potency and toxicity of others.
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