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Foods and fruits that have proven helpful in this period

We can’t control a lot about the coronavirus but with precautions such as washing your hands, social distancing, exercising and getting enough sleep, you can lower your risk of infection. While there are no foods that can prevent or fight against COVID-19 (despite whatever WhatsApp BC you’ve seen said) a healthy diet is always an asset.

So because I love you guys and want you to stay healthy during this period I came up with a list of healthy foods and tips that can boost your immune system. Plus any day is a good day to start to eat healthier!

Garlic

Yes your grandparents were right! Garlic is packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of heart disease and can help fight off some infections. So it’s time to hop on the garlic train and work it into your diet from sauces to soups etc. Even better, garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system and are known to be effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections. So on your next trip to the supermarket to stock up on lockdown snacks, pick up some yogurt.

Ginger

Ginger is another ingredient you can include in your meals that is a great immune system booster. It can help decrease inflammation, nausea, chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties. Plus it’s super easy to get so no excuses!

Avoid unhealthy food

It is important that for the meantime we all avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt (heavily processed foods) because they are not considered part of a healthy diet or provide any nutritional benefit. Instead snack on healthier options like sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, oranges, bananas etc.

Hydrate and Exercise

Because we are less active during lockdowns, it is important to remember to hydrate and exercise! Try to drink as much water as possible and avoid sweetened beverages such as soft drinks because of high sugar content and don’t forget to also squeeze in some physical activity! If possible, go outside for a walk or a run, while keeping a safe distance from others or if you cannot leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, or walk up and down the stairs.

Stay healthy and safe everyone!

Tunde

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