Food For Health

Food For Health

  • 23 April 2020
In these uncertain times of Covid-19, as well as flu season approaching, it is important for us to be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies - and that means food, what we fill our minds with, what we do on a daily basis etc. In other words, things that we should be doing anyways - Covid-19 aside ;) But let’s look at food.

The reality is that no food or supplement or magic pill will stop you from being infected with Covid-19. However, making sure that we are eating a wholesome, nutrient-dense diet, is extremely important to support our bodies in being able to function at their best. As soon as we become deficient in certain nutrients, our bodies struggle to keep up and this can result in being more susceptible to illnesses.

So how do we make sure that we are getting everything we need?

Eat a variety of foods. The more diverse your diet is, the better. Reason being that by ensuring we eat a vast variety of foods, we are also getting in a vast variety of nutrients.

An easy guideline to stick to is Eat the rainbow. Is your plate colourful when you look at it? Are there lots of vegetables of different colours? Do I eat the same thing every day or do I make sure that I change it up on a regular basis?

Disclaimer: Our gut health plays an immense role in how strong our immune system is as well. How do we help to support our gut? You guessed it: A variety of foods - especially foods high in fibre! - Think Plants!

Having said the above, there are certain nutrients that play a very important role in the functioning of our immune system i.e. Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, iron and the list goes on.

The good news is that we get most of these nutrients from our diet and by sticking to the Eat a variety of foods rules.

HOWEVER, Vitamin D is one nutrient that is a bit more difficult to get a hold of because our main source of vitamin D is sunlight. With most of us spending the majority of our days indoors we are more susceptible to a vitamin D deficiency. Therefore it’s important to make an effort to try to spend about 15 minutes outside in the sun to get your daily dose of vitamin D.