What to eat to get well soon: doctor gives advice and cautions
When the body encounters an infection, the immune system works at its maximum. During illness, nutritional needs change and eating the right food can help you recover much faster. We are talking, in particular, about foods containing essential vitamins, trace elements, proteins, omega-3 and probiotics.
About it OBOZREVATEL told the doctor and health expert Ulyana Werner. According to her, to support the immune system should consume food saturated with vitamins D, A, C, E.
For example, vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining immunity and preventing inflammation. It promotes the production of peptides that fight infectious agents. It can be synthesized in the skin by sunlight and is also found in food sources such as fatty fish (salmon, sardines), eggs and certain types of mushrooms.
In turn, vitamin A strengthens mucous membranes, which play a role in fighting infections. It is also important for the development and function of white blood cells. Sources of vitamin A include orange and red colored vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, red paprika, spore, eggs and dairy products.
Vitamin C helps increase the activity of white blood cells that fight infections. It is rich in paprika, kiwi, citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit), and strawberries.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the body's cells from damage due to oxidation. It can support the immune system by ensuring healthy levels of oxidation in the body. Sources of vitamin E include nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and green leafy vegetables.
Micronutrients like zinc and selenium found in nuts, seeds and seafood are also important for immune system support.
As the body expends more energy to fight infection, it needs nutritious proteins. Consume light protein sources that do not overly burden the gastrointestinal tract. This can include skinless chicken meat, fish and legumes.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, can aid in faster healing. Fish such as salmon, sardine, and mackerel are rich sources of omega-3.
Hydration and recovery
When you are sick, it is important to keep your body hydrated. Water-rich fruits and vegetables can help with this : oranges, watermelons, cucumbers and tomatoes, due to their water content, will help keep the body at optimal fluid levels.
To maintain the health of the gastrointestinal tract during the disease, you should consume food rich in probiotics, advises the doctor. This can be yogurt with live cultures, kefir, sauerkraut.
In addition, Uliana Werner emphasized that during the disease it is important to drink hot drinks: warm tea with honey and lemon can help relax and soothe the throat. You should also consume soups based on low-fat broths with the addition of various types of vegetables and meat, which will help to provide the body with the necessary nutrients and fluids.
Remember that nutrition plays a key role in supporting the body during illness. Consume foods that will help support your immune system, provide energy, and help your body recover. However, be aware of your specific health condition and consult with a specialist if you have special dietary needs or restrictions," said the doctor.
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