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Recommendations WHO to TAKE CARE OF OUR HEALTH WITH A HEALTHY DIET and stay #HealthyAtHome
Currently, there is a lot of information about the Coronavirus COVID-19. The best way to stay informed is through official health sources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health authorities.
The WHO is the most reliable and updated source now to receive information about this disease, since it is in constant collaboration with health experts, laboratories and governments to provide the world population with truthful information about the COVID-19 virus. Currently, there is a lot of information about the Coronavirus COVID-19. The best way to stay informed is through official health sources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health authorities.
In this article we will talk about the WHO recommendations to stay #HealthyAtHome, focusing on HEALTHY DIET. The COVID-19 pandemic has led many of us to stay home, where we have fewer social interactions and exercise less. This can have negative consequences for physical and mental health.
The WHO indicates that eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections.
While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.
For babies, the WHO explains that a healthy diet means exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, with the introduction of nutritious and safe foods to complement breastmilk from age 6 months to 2 years and beyond. For young children, a healthy and balanced diet is essential for growth and development. For older people, it can help to ensure healthier and more active lives.
Below, we present the WHO recommendations to take care of our health, through healthy diet:
Eat a variety of food, including fruits and vegetables
Cut back on salt
Eat moderate amounts of fats and oils
Limit sugar intake
Stay hydrated: Drink enough water
Good hydration is crucial for optimal health. Whenever available and safe for consumption, tap water is the healthiest and cheapest drink. Drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages is a simple way to limit your intake of sugar and excess calories.
Avoid hazardous and harmful alcohol use
Alcohol is not a part of a healthy diet. Drinking alcohol does not protect against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption increases your immediate risk of injury, as well as causing longer-term effects like liver damage, cancer, heart disease and mental illness. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
Breastfeed babies and young children
Breastmilk is the ideal food for infants. It is safe, clean and contains antibodies which help protect against many common childhood illnesses. Babies should be breastfed exclusively during the first 6 months of life, as breast milk provides all the nutrients and fluids they need.
Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so and should take infection prevention and control measures.
The WHO states that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through contact with food or food packaging. COVID-19 is generally thought to be spread from person to person.
However, it is always important to practice good hygiene when handling food to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
The WHO recommends following the five keys to safer food:
You can get updated information on the WHO website. We recommend visiting the following links to stay informed:
Additionally, we recommend you visit our publication of Tips for a healthy food in quarantine, where we list the recommendations of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to strengthen their immune system through healthy and conscious eating.
We hope this information is useful. Remember to follow the instructions of the official health sources and #StayHome. Take care!
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)