During this time of uncertainty and fear, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. As our routines are disrupted and the future is uncertain, it can be hard to find a “new normal.” Fortunately, there are plenty of actions you can take to help protect you and your family’s health and wellbeing, including eating healthy. A healthy diet also plays a pivotal role in determining how well you recover from coronavirus, should you contract it.
In addition to helping your physical health, eating right can also improve your psychological well-being too, as it reduces anxiety and depression, diabetes and obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
There is no diet in particular that health experts recommend, but they do suggest avoiding processed foods that are high in sugar. A well-balanced diet includes a variety of foods high in minerals such as iron, selenium and zinc as well as vitamins A, B, C, D and E.
Complex carbohydrates, like those found in fruit, whole grains and vegetables provide critical nourishment to our brains and help stabilize moods. Other great foods include green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and kale, beans, tomatoes, peppers, bananas, berries, meat, poultry, fish and eggs. And last, but certainly not least, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.
Don’t deny yourself the occasional treat or alcoholic beverage while we are in quarantine – times are hard right now, after all! But if you eat healthy most of the time, you will feel so much better, physically and mentally.