With Omicron and the fifth wave currently battering Hong Kong, it may just be a matter of time before we get it. So, what do you do if you (eek) test positive? Well, first things first: self-isolate, report it to the government through its online platform, and of course, get plenty of rest and fluids.
Another thing you should do is maintain a healthy diet. Not only does this help fight this disease more effectively, it also helps sustain your energy levels, reduce anxiety, and boost your mood.
A disclaimer: Covid-19 symptoms can differ from one person to another, and what works for one person might not work for others. Be sure to consult your doctor for medical advice. However, as a general rule, here are some ways to nourish your body if you do test positive for Covid-19:
Whenever we get sick, the first thing anyone will tell you is to drink more fluids. Of course, the simplest way would be to have eight glasses of water a day to help flush out any toxins.
If you’re not a fan of plain water, other options include coconut water, tea with honey, fresh juices, and even electrolyte drinks. Just avoid overly sugary and artificially coloured drinks as too much of the sweet stuff can weaken your immune system.
Another one to consider: good ‘ol chicken soup. Yes, it’s cliché, but it works. A hot bowl of chicken broth hydrates and provides you with protein and other nutrients that your body needs.
2. Eat your veggies
Did you know? Coronavirus causes inflammation, which is a signal for your body to start fighting off the virus. While this is good, unchecked inflammation can be counterproductive, so, it’s essential to eat anti-inflammatory foods to help support your immune system.
Incorporate leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, or collard greens into your diet. Add in some tomatoes and olive oil, and you have the makings of a great salad. Supplement it with some fruits like strawberries, cherries, and oranges, and sprinkle on a few of your favourite nuts and seeds for an added dose of protein.
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3. Get grainy
Another food that combats inflammation are whole grains – think oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread, or even popcorn! A 2018 clinical study has shown that people who ate whole grains significantly lowered their inflammation markers. Plus, they’re an excellent source of energy!
4. Bring on the (good) bacteria
Probiotics are also a great way to help boost your immune system. Suffering from gastro issues thanks to Covid-19? Items such as yogurt, sauerkraut or kombucha will aid your digestive system by reducing gas, bloating, and fighting against diarrhoea. Studies have also shown that these mighty microbes can also impact lung function positively.
5. Sip on smoothies
Looking for a more efficient way of consuming a healthy diet? Try a smoothie! You’ll be combining those much-needed fluids, oats, berries, veggies, and yogurt into an all-in-one drink. And it’s more than just being healthy, it will also provide you with the calories you need to keep up the energy in fighting off Covid-19.
6. Supplement with Omega-3s
Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce inflammation while building a layer of antiviral protection across your cells. So, don’t skimp out on fish such as salmon, tuna, cod or sardines. Edamame, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds are also a good source of Omega-3s.
Testing positive for Covid-19 doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In fact, why not see it as an opportunity to get your health back in order by resetting and rebooting your body with the help of some nourishing foods? For everyone out there who’s currently recovering from Covid-19, get well soon!
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