#HealthLove? Immune Health

This is an excellent article fromĀ DieticiansĀ of Canada which has tons of sensible and accurate info regarding staying healthy and keeping your immune levels at their best.

“…Dietitians of Canada and dietitians across the country have been asked a number of questions about nutrition and dietary issues related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak.

It is important to receive information from credible, trustworthy sources during this time. Dietitians are regulated health professionals committed to providing evidence-based advice and information that is tailored to your personal needs and challenges.

We encourage members of the public to follow the advice issued by the Government of Canada and local public health officials. This includes following physical distancing guidance. We can all do our part…

What can I do to support my immune system?

A healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, protein foods and whole grains is important for a strong immune system as are other healthy lifestyle habits (e.g exercise, not smoking, adequate sleep, managing stress etc).
There are many nutrients that are involved with the normal functioning of the immune system and therefore we encourage eating a variety of nutrient rich healthy foods each day in order to support immune function…

There is no single food, supplement or natural health product that will prevent you from catching COVID-19. To date, the Government of Canada has not approved any product to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19…

We also support the recommendations of public health officials that proper hygiene, such as hand washing, and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent COVID-19…

What nutrition advice would you give for someone who may have contracted COVID-19 and is self-isolating as a result?

At this time, there is no single food, supplement or natural health product that is authorized to treat COVID-19.

If you are self-isolating and especially if you have symptoms, it is important to maintain good nutrition and hydration. Make sure you are eating and drinking regularly, even if you have a low appetite…

If you have specific nutrition needs, it is important that you continue to follow the dietary recommendations made by your dietitian, doctor or nurse practitioner. This may involve asking a family member, friend or neighbour to get you specific foods so you can continue to meet your specific needs. Contact your dietitian, doctor or nurse practitioner by phone or email if you have any serious concerns…

What should I do to prepare, in the case my family or I need to self-isolate?

It makes sense to stock up on non-perishable food items so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick, but avoid panic buying.

It is easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once. To do this, you can add a few extra items to your grocery cart every time you shop. Good options are easy-to-prepare foods like:

  • dried pasta and canned sauce
  • prepared canned soups
  • canned or frozenĀ vegetables
  • canned beans (like chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils)

It is also a good idea to have extra stores of:

  • pet food
  • toilet paper
  • facial tissue
  • feminine hygiene products
  • diapers (if you have children who use them)

The reason for stocking up on these items is not necessarily because you will need to self-isolate. Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak or if you become ill…”

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