October 2, 2021 by Bahija Nwaji
Updated October 2, 2021
Nutrition during the covid 19 pandemic
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic added various challenges and changes to human life worldwide, causing an unprecedented impact on humanhealth, lifestyle, and social life.
The social isolation obliged as a result of the new Coronavirus pandemic have impacted families' lives and eating habits.
The importance of maintaining a healthy diet during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Nutrition: the COVID-19 pandemic has been causing a lot of changes in our daily lives. We are social distancing, staying home, and unable to dine out at restaurants.
Goodnutrition is always important, but during this pandemic, it's even more important since a well-balanced diet of healthy foods supports the immune system.
You have to prepare a shopping list that will cover you and everyone in your household for two weeks, and resist the urge to buy in much larger quantities. Purchasing more than you needmeans leaving less for others and possibly unnecessary food waste on your part.
With fresh food, purchase a variety in quantities that you would normally buy.
Plan for a mix of fresh, frozen (meats, fruits, vegetables, and bread), and shelf-stable foods (rice, legumes, nut butter, and dried goods). Eat fresh food first and stock your freezer with items you can eat in the second week and beyond.
If you don't want to risk being around others at the supermarket, purchase goods online.
In our region, small farmers sell directly to consumers and through food boxes delivered at home. This is a greatway to support local farmers while getting the freshest possible food for your family.
Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
Have a diet rich in whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats like olive, sesame, peanut, or other oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids. These foods help to support your immune system. Added to that, drink water regularly, staying well hydrated also helps your immune system.
Then limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, and sugars. And limit our intake of caffeine.
Some of our home remedies that can be part of our eating habits:
Nigella Sativa's (Black cumin) influence in reinforcing the immune system:
The world has been witnessing a difficult time. The race of developing a new Coronavirus vaccine has been overwhelmingly slow and painful. Many studies provided some clues to treat the pandemic. But not a single treatment to cure all variants of the virus has been found yet.
Various symptoms of patients infected with COVID-19 indicated the importance of immune regulation in the human body.
Severe cases admitted to the intensive care unit gave high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines which increased the disease severity.
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in COVID-19 patients is another critical factor of disease severity and mortality; so Immune modulation is the only way of regulating the immune system.
In our tradition, Nigella sativa or black cumin has been used for medical purposes for centuries. The components of this plant are anti-inflammatory, andmight help with respiratory disorders.
A moleculardocking study also gave evidence that N.sativa decelerates COVID-19 and might give them some or better results than the FDA-approved drugs. So we have to add black cumin to our meals or even mix it with honey, this will be more beneficial.
In addition, the black seed oil is said to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, and fight infection.The oil is used typicallyfor skin and hair concerns.
Then, honey may be beneficial forpatients with COVID-19 as it boosts the immune system, improving comorbid conditions and antiviral activities...
In general, COVID-19 is a reality that we should know how to live with it.