What to eat during the pandemic?

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Kumar Chalise

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The food you eat plays a crucial role in determining your overall health and immunity. So, especially during this pandemic, what you consume determines your overall wellbeing and might even keep you safe from the virus.

During the lockdown, you should eat less spicy food, as this helps control high blood sugar and blood pressure. A balanced diet helps control diabetes, and a protein-rich diet keeps you in good shape. And regularly consume green vegetables and seasonal fruits rich in essential vitamins. Certain foods like mushrooms, tomato, bell pepper, and green vegetables like broccoli and spinach are also good options for building resilience in the body against infections.

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Probiotics like buttermilk, juju dhau, regular yogurt, and other fermented food are also excellent sources to refresh the composition of clean bacteria, which is essential for the body. Drink warm water throughout the day. Avoid sugar and replace it with jaggery if needed.

Supplements and immunity-boosting foods

Try to consume natural immunity supplements include gooseberries, capsicum, turmeric, spinach, almonds, sunflowers seeds, papaya, mint, cinnamon, black pepper, dry ginger, raisin, fish, and turmeric. Some of these superfoods are common ingredients in Nepali dishes and snacks. Herbs like garlic, tulsi leaves, and cumin help in boosting immunity. Whenever you’re craving some light snacks, go for seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and melon seeds, which are an excellent protein and vitamin E sources.

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While all the tips mentioned above are helpful, the need of the hour is a quick boost to your immunity system to keep it fighting. If you’re concerned about whether you are getting the right amount of nutrients from your diet, consult with your doctor about a supplementation regimen to boost your immune system. Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc tablets, and elderberries are some common supplements and superfoods that can help strengthen your immunity against viruses.

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