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What Food Should You Avoid During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Though the choice of food has always been important, the question has gained additional significance during covid-19 pandemic when people needed to nurture more immunity. It goes beyond doubt that our dietary habits have a lot of bearing on our health and well-being which in turn lays the foundation of our immunity i.e. how strong we are against potential infections. We thus need to be disciplined enough when it comes to our dietary habits.
During the present times when corona pandemic is taking toll on human health worldwide, the dietary norms are getting a sort of re-framed. There are certain foods that are best avoided in this critical time as a preventive measure. Those moving to new locations due to any pressing circumstances must be extra careful in keeping their diets light and healthy as moving long distance, particularly cross country moving involves resettling at a new atmosphere with different climatic conditions and varied dietary habits. Thus, it is very important to keep your health sound and immunity strong in case the new place has comparatively substandard health and hygiene conditions or is placed in a sensitive zone.
Let’s discuss the things people should do away with these days to nurture strong immunity and stay healthy and going:
1) Foods that Trigger Cold ConditionsNovel coronavirus, the pathogen responsible for Covid-19, sits on our respiratory tract i.e. the pathway involving our mouth, nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs. Since these organs are prone to get infected through cold conditions (like we see rising cases of running nose, sneezing, bronchitis, allergic cough etc. during winter and moist seasons), so foods that trigger cold conditions must be avoided during corona pandemic times as the virus loves to attack already infected and weakened respiratory pathways. It is vital to keep the respiratory system clear and healthy enough to put up a strong fight against the notorious virus. Well, the foods to avoid include:
- Ice-cold foods like ice-creams, cold drinks, ice-cold shakes and frozen items
- Sour foods like yoghurt, high citrus sauces, pickles etc.
- Histamine rich foods like mushrooms, vinegar, fermented foods, wine.
2) Foods that are Too Heavy, Oily and SpicyOver oily, spiced, greasy and processed foods are difficult to digest. So, they should be avoided to save yourself from digestion and other gut related problems. To stay safe from gastric infections, it is important to eat preferably home cooked and healthy foods that are light on stomach (like high fiber salads). Thus, it is recommended to avoid:
- Oily gravies
- Spicy preparations stuffed with saturated fats/oils
- Heavy and highly sugared sweets
- Mayonnaise, cheese burgers
3) Foods that Produce Excess MucusMost dairy products like cheese, butter, cream, curd belong to this category. Though they are not to be completely eliminated from your diet, restricted use is better. The idea is to minimize the chances of excessive phlegm and mucus formation. Red meat is another addition to the list.
4) Foods that Cause DehydrationKeeping your hydration levels healthy is very important. Proper hydration ensures better fight against infections and better nutrient supply to cells which helps in efficient body functioning. This may invite an “oh no” reaction from most, but excessive coffee should be avoided as it has dehydrating and diuretic effects.
5) Foods that can Irritate the ThroatThere are certain edibles widely available today which are too hard, too crunchy or itchy and can potentially irritate the throat lining. It is better to stay away from such preparations in the current times to avoid any throat related problems. The examples include over crunchy bakeries and biscuits, hard nuts etc.
6) Fast Foods and Processed FoodsFast food and junk food is best avoided during the pandemic times. Fast food is fast to trigger health issues. So, it is best to avoid eating out where fast (and often unhygienic) foods are served lavishly. Since fast foods are made to satiate your palate only, their health and nourishment index is quite low. Such foods, usually having low nourishment value, induce weight gain and related health concerns. So, cut down on:
- Burgers and pizzas
- Manchurian and momos
- Sodas and hard drinks
- Cheap Snacks
- Colas and flavored beverages
7) Foods Rich in Sugar, Salt and SodiumFoods heavy laden with salts or sodium rich foods can cause harmful effects like raised blood pressure, inflammation of blood vessels and also renal problems in chronic patients. Biscuits, cakes, pastries, potato chips and processed meats have added sugars/salts and saturated fats.
As we ought to be more careful during corona pandemic times, it is advisable to do away with them. Besides, avoid the following as much as possible:
- Bacons and hams
- Market edibles high in salt content
- Sausages and pickles
- Desserts and donuts
- Salted dry fruits and nuts
- Smoked and canned foods
8) Foods and Meat from Roadside VendorsDuring these challenging times when the human health is at an increased risk of corona-virus infection, it is best to avoid buying foods especially meats from roadside vendors. The roadside conditions are often unhygienic and hence unhealthy. Moreover, chickens, mutton, beef and raw meat of any kind etc. bought from roadside sellers may be of inferior quality (like that of sick or infected animals). Thus, it is better to stay away in interest of your precious health.
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