Suruchi Patwary, July 07, 2021
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Ask anyone who has gone through the suffering and stress of COVID-19 infection in the past 2 years, the common thread of discomfort that emerges from their post-recovery experience is all about fatigue, weakness and the loss of Energy, appetite and strength, muscle mass and weight.
The road to full recovery from COVID-19 is tiring. In addition to sleep and rest, a healthy diet is important to aid healing. Good nutrition helps our ailing body to build up its energy as quickly as possible. So, we talked to Rohit Schelatkar, VP at Vitabiotics and Fitness and Nutrition Expert to learn more about what to eat after recovering from Covid. Below are some foods he suggests that should be a part of your diet to get immunity back on track.
1. Oily fish
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Oily fish like salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3 fatty acids are loaded with proteins that help keep you feeling full for a long time and reduce carbohydrate intake.
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Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote healthy gut and immune systems. Recent studies have also shown that probiotics are effective in fighting colds and flu-like respiratory infections. Choose plain yogurt instead of something too flavored or sweetened – and garnish with fruit or seeds for added benefits. Low-fat yogurt may be a better option for controlling calories.
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Chickpeas are high in protein, an essential nutrient made up of amino acids that aids in the growth and repair of body tissues. It is also involved in the synthesis and maintenance of enzymes for our systems to function properly, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chickpeas are also filled with zinc, which helps maintain immune system control and regular immune responses. Roasted chickpeas are great as a quick snack or salad topping. It can also be eaten as hummus, which is also filled with nutrients.
4. Citrus fruits
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Vitamin C is believed to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. With this variety, it’s easy to add a dash of this vitamin to any meal. Popular citrus fruits are oranges, grapefruits, and lemons.
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It is very important to stay hydrated at all times. Consume as many fluids as possible. The body drains fluids when fighting this virus. To get the liquid back, one must drink coconut water, Haldi Doodh and at least 8 glasses of water daily.
Optimal nutrition is crucial for the immune system and is therefore the only sustainable way to survive and regenerate in the current situation. Proper diet can ensure that the body is in a suitable condition to defeat the virus and allow for proper recovery from Covid disease.
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