In order to protect against Covid-19, the epidemic disease of the century, it is of great importance to have a strong immunity by eating a healthy diet as well as following the rules of social distance and hygiene.
Despite all these precautions, those who have caught Covid infection and recovered should not think that 'I got over Covid-19' and should pay attention to a healthy diet after recovery. Acıbadem Maslak Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Roks Menase said, “Even if you have a Covid-19 infection and recover, you may catch the virus again; Also, your body goes through a post-illness recovery period. To keep your immunity strong and support recovery, you must meet the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Some foods contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than others. In the post-Covid period, it is useful to add these foods to your daily routine. " says. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Rksi Menase explained 10 foods that increase body resistance after Covid and 5 rules to be considered even if Covid turns negative, and made important warnings and recommendations.
Pomegranate is a fruit with a high antioxidant power among seasonal fruits. Thanks to the polyphenols it contains, it reduces cell damage. In addition, it helps to reduce the inflammation that occurs during the disease process. You can cut the pomegranate in half and add it to your salads, or add it to your yogurt as a mid-afternoon snack. If you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, consuming pomegranate may be inconvenient for you.
Lemon, orange and tangerine from the citrus family must be consumed as they are rich in vitamin C. These fruits fight free radicals and strengthen your immune system with their vitamin C and antioxidant content. In addition, flavonoids such as hesperidin and apigenin in citrus fruits protect brain health and prevent neurodegenerative disorders. If you add 1 lemon to your salad every day and consume 1 orange, you can meet your daily vitamin C needs without the need for supplements.
Egg is a quality source of protein and a food that contains all the amino acids we need together. After the egg passes Covid-19, it supports your increased protein needs to recover cell damage. It protects your heart health by increasing the good cholesterol in your body. You can consume the eggs as boiled for breakfast or in the form of an omelette instead of your lunch.
From quality protein sources, fish is a food that should be included in your daily diet for a strong immunity. It is very beneficial for your body with its iodine, protein and healthy fat content. Fish you will consume once a week; reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. An important point is the fish's cooking method. The frying process increases the fat content of the fish and reduces its healthy nutrient content. While cooking the fish, methods of boiling, grilling or baking should be used.
Nutrition and Diet Specialist Roks Menase “Broccoli; Being a dark green vegetable, it shows that it is a vitamin store. Containing vitamin C, vitamin K and bioactive compounds, it strengthens your immune system and reduces inflammation. Its rich fiber content protects your cardiovascular health. It also facilitates digestion and prevents constipation. Do not forget to consume cabbage and Brussels sprouts, which are from the cabbage family. "If you have too much gas complaints, you can limit your broccoli consumption," he says.
Carrot; It gets its dark orange color from a very valuable antioxidant called beta-carotene. This antioxidant strengthens our immune system. But besides this, it regulates blood flow with vitamin A, vitamin K and potassium content. It positively affects people with blood pressure problems. Don't say 'carrots are too sweet'. If you are not a diabetic patient with very high blood sugar, be sure to add carrots to your salads, meals, or consume 1-2 pieces to suppress your sweet cravings at snacks.
Ginger is a very healthy food with a powerful inflammation-reducing compound called gingerol. In addition to its immune-boosting effect, it is good for nausea. It reduces your risk of getting sick by counteracting bacteria and viruses. If you experience nausea during or after Covid-19, you can try consuming ginger tea.
If it is natural, honey is a food that contains very valuable antioxidants. It reduces cough symptoms during illness and improves sleep quality. If you still have cough symptoms after Covid-19, you can try consuming 1 teaspoon of honey per day. In addition to this, you can meet this need with a healthy food instead of choosing packaged food because it is a sweet food. While consuming, it is necessary to avoid being processed as much as possible and not to expose it to high temperatures in order to prevent the formation of toxic substances. In addition, honey should not be given to babies under 1 year old.
Almonds contain lots of vitamin E, magnesium and fiber. Healthy fats in it strengthen your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol. It also supports your immune system thanks to powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E. If you have sleep disorders, you can consume almonds, almond has a sleep regulating effect. One feature you should be careful about when consuming almonds is that it is raw, roasted almonds with high salt and fat content can cause weight gain and high cholesterol in excess consumption.
Nutrition and Diet Specialist Roks Menase said, “Water consumption is very important in combating the Covid-19 virus and after recovery, as in every stage of life. It is necessary to restore the water your body lost with fever and infection. Therefore, it is very important to consume water during the recovery phase. Consume at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. You can consume soups and herbal teas for fluid support.
Attention! Although Covid turns negative;
- You should continue to consume food of all colors.
- You should have a balanced diet.
- Adequate protein should be consumed.
- He should consume plenty of water.
- You should stay away from processed foods, sugary, carbonated drinks and packaged ready-made foods.