Post Covid - Your Immunity matters
The pandemic, Covid-19 has resulted in many countries around the world to go into isolation or "lockdown". This has physically and mentally drained many people. There were reports of more calls into care-lines, and an increase in processed foods purchase. We have to get used to the new norm during Singapore's Phase 2 opening. Nevertheless, it is important to maintain, or build our immunity for our bodies to better fight viruses and sicknesses.
2 Useful methods for Immunity boosting
Adopting Health Promotion Board's Healthy plate method as a base to a balanced meal.
Choose complex carbohydrates as your main source of Carbohydrates
Fill half your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables
Good proteins like fresh fish and poultry would be a better choice.
As a secondary measure, adopt the Mediterranean Diet. It is full of fresh produce and food fats from mainly fish.
Our body's immunity helps us fight viruses and prevents the flu. The immune system is sustained by various nutrients other than Vitamin C.
•Balance good bacteria in the gut
•May help boost immunity
Food Source: Yogurt, Fermented foods like pickled vegetables, tempeh, miso, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and soy products
•Gene expression & Enzymatic reactions
•Development and function of Immune cells
•Protein & DNA synthesis
Growth and development
Food Source: Shellfish, Meat, Poultry, Some Fish (Flounder, sardines, salmon and sole), Legumes, Nuts and seeds, Dairy products, Eggs, Whole grains, Certain vegetables (Mushrooms, kale, peas, asparagus and beet greens)
3. Vitamin C
•Growth, repair and development of body tissues
•Protect against free radicals
•Maintain cartilage, bones and teeth
Food source: Citrus fruits, Green peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Broccoli, White potatoes, and Sweet potatoes.
•Reduce cell damage caused by oxidation stress/inflammation
Food source: Beets, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pecans, artichoke, beans, red cabbage, kale, dark chocolate
•Amino acid metabolism
•Formation of Red blood cells and white blood cells
Food source: Leafy greens, beans, peas and legumes, bananas, melons and lemons
6. Beta carotene
•normal growth and development
•immune system function
•healthy skin and epithelia
Food source: Carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens (kale and spinach), romaine lettuce, squash, cantaloupe, red and yellow peppers, apricots
Nevertheless, hand hygiene will still be important to prevent unnecessary germs that can enter via the mouth. Stay Healthy!