To aid your recovery from COVID-19 and support you to get back to everyday life sooner, here is a guide on eating and drinking when recovering from COVID-19.
What makes food and drink important? When our body is fighting an infection it needs more energy and more fluids; therefore we need to eat and drink more than we usually would if we were well. Our body also needs more building blocks (from protein foods) to support our immune system and help repair our body tissues during recovery. Vitamins and minerals help these processes along. When we are unwell it is difficult to eat and drink for many reasons. If we do not eat and drink enough our body may need to use its natural stores of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins; you may notice some weight loss or your muscles getting smaller and weaker. We hope the tips in this leaflet help to limit these changes in your body.
Foods and drinks you must have when you are sick
Sickness often takes a toll on our appetite. But the fact is the better we eat, the sooner we feel better. Having a nutritious diet and providing your body with the right kind of nutrition can help speed up recovery.
The second wave of coronavirus pandemic has affected a huge number of people. Many of them have recovered, others are still recovering. Here are three types of foods and drinks one must have while recovering from coronavirus and even during general sickness.
Foods rich in vitamin C, magnesium and calcium
Even when you get a seasonal cold, your first step should be focusing on the diet that will boost your immune system. Vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and calcium are the key nutrients that help in boosting immunity.
Vitamin C and zinc have been used for decades for cold treatment. The nutrients do not prevent the sick but help a lot in alleviating the symptoms.
The daily recommended amount of vitamin C for women is 75 milligrams and for men is 90 milligrams. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, red bell pepper, broccoli, strawberries, pineapple and kiwis.
The recommended amount of zinc per day is 8 milligrams for women and 11 milligrams for men. Some foods rich in zinc include dry roasted cashew, baked beans, cooked oysters and boiled beef patty.
The daily recommended amount of magnesium is 310 mg for women and 420 mg for men. Some magnesium-rich foods include avocado, smooth peanut butter, cooked black beans, boiled spinach and dry roasted almonds.
When you are sick, you might lose your appetite, which can make it difficult to get the required nutrition. In such cases, supplements can be a source of vitamins and minerals.
Though you can get all the nutrition from a healthy and balanced diet you can also add supplements, if needed.
You can try ginseng and garlic to decrease the duration and lessen the severity of your symptoms.
Have water, broth and caffeine-free tea
Apart from eating right, drinking enough water and keeping yourself hydrated is also important. A cold can dehydrate you and thus it’s important to keep having water, teas and broth to prevent dehydration.
Hydration is important to fight off any infection or virus. But you must not have sugary drinks like soda as that can suppress your immune system and delay your recovery. Other beverages that must be avoided include coffee, alcohol and fruit juices.