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Overcome Covid-19 only by taking food that can give rich nutrition: Expert
Monday, 07 September, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
National Nutrition Week is observed every year from September 1 to 7, 2020, to create awareness among people on the nutrient values of food. People can lead a healthy life by taking proper and nutritious food, according to T Lavanya, consultant dietician, KIMS Icon hospital, Visakhapatnam.
As no vaccine is ready at this moment, people are facing so many issues. One can overcome Covid-19 only by taking food that can give rich nutrition. The human body needs nutritious food the most. That’s how one can perform the best whatever their duty may be. Most of the Indians are suffering from malnutrition. Proper food is needed for proper growth and a healthy body. Food that Covid-19 patients need to take ? Fresh and hot food. ? Patients will lose their appetite. So, they should be given hot soup and soup that is made of turmeric sticks frequently. ? 8-10 glasses of water regularly. ? Foods that have rich antioxidants, most importantly beta carotene foods, leafy vegetables, carrot, pumpkin and capsicum. ? Vitamin C-rich food. The RDA of vitamin-c should be (as per doctors’ prescription) 900 mg ? Vitamin-C (per 100 gm), amla-600mg, guava-228mg, capsicum-80mg, orange and lemon-53mg, cabbage-30mg, tomato-14mg, onion-7.4mg, carrot and apple- 6mg. ? Lemon water, raw capsicum in salads, whole fruit of orange, fresh guava should be given. ? Vitamin-C is very sensitive. So, when we cook vegetables, 60 per cent of it’s vitamin-c will get reduced. Vitamin-C density also decreases with the temperature at which foods are stored. ? Egg white from 2-4 boiled eggs are advised for proteins. ? A handful of dry fruits. Most of them should be Almonds and Walnuts. ? Most of the Covid-19 patients will be given steroids. They increase glucose levels in one’s blood. So, food that has a less glycemic index like barley water, vegetable soup, rajma chat shall be taken as snacks. ? Low-fat milk and milk products should be taken twice a day. ? 200 ml of milk with turmeric powder and pepper powder every alternative day. ? Curd should be taken twice a day with food. That increases good bacteria, which is good for the digestive system. ? Gastric reflux may arise because of highly powerful antibacterial and antiviral medicines. So, oily foods should be avoided or limited. ? Ginger, garlic and holy basil (tulsi) should be taken in breakfast, food and tea. ? Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immunomodulatory and bioactive compounds will save the respiratory system.