Proper nutrition and hydration are very important. Individuals who eat a well-balanced meal on a regular basis, tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious disease.
Variety is the key!
Fruits and Vegetables
- Eat fruits and vegetables, an easy way to meet your daily requirement is to eat at least 2 whole fruits per day and 2.5 cups of vegetables.
- Snacks could be a fruit and a vegetable. Here is an easy example: apple slices and celery sticks. Munch!
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are best, they contain the highest amount of vitamins and minerals; however, if you like to cook your vegetables, make sure you steam or grill them; if you boil them, make a soup; many vitamins and minerals (as well as fiber) are water-soluble, so to make sure those nutrients get into your body, ingest the broth.
- Canned or dried vegetables can be an option when you choose no added salt or sugar.
Fats and Oil
- Prefer unsaturated fats found in fish, avocado, nuts, soy, olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and more.
- Limit saturated fats like red meat, butter, coconut oil, cream, cheese, poultry skin and lard.
- Prefer fish and poultry over red meat.
- Choose low fat or skim milk.
- Eat fewer processed fats found in ready-made desserts, pizza and fried food
Eat home-made food
- Eat at home to reduce your rate of contact with other people and lower your chance of being exposed to COVID-19. Even when you pick up food you are exposing yourself more.
- This is your chance to try that recipe you read about!
Other healthy measures
- While proper nutrition and hydration improve health and immunity, these factors are not EVERYTHING.
- Your mental health is also important; seek counselling and psychosocial support from trained health care professionals and community-based lay and peer counsellors.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Keep social distancing. Droplets from infected people may land on surfaces and people’s hands.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Clean surfaces with disinfectant frequently.
In good health,