What does your diet have to do with COVID-19? As you may already know, everything about COVID-19 is very new and recent and more and more research is being done to find treatment solutions and even the cure. However, a pattern has already been identified in the groups considered at risk for this disease.
People who are not metabolically healthy, that is, obese, with cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes and hypertension are more likely to experience complications if they catch the virus. And look carefully. Here in the USA, where I live, only 1 in 8 Americans are considered metabolically healthy. It is not by chance that the cases here are scary. But there is a solution if we start to act now. Not only for the new Coronavirus, but for any other virus that can again (hopefully not obviously) plague the world.
The solution is simple. Yes, that's right, simple! But the process involves a lot of public and also individual will. Public because it depends on structure of government, information and knowledge of the emergency situation. Individual because it only depends on whether you want to make the change.
But what would that change be that you can make? Here I list 12 steps you can take to start your change:
Consume 5-7 servings of vegetables and greens a day.
Consume 2-3 servings of fruit (preferably low glycemic, that is, fruits that do not raise your blood sugar level, such as berries, cherry, apple, plum) and no fruit juice! Because fiber is lost, so essential for our digestion.
Decrease the consumption of simple carbohydrates, ie breads, pasta, rice, cookies.
Give preference to a gluten-free diet, to reduce the inflammation caused by excess gluten. You don't have to be radical if you are not gluten intole rant.
Use seasonings and spices. Use mineral salt instead of table salt.
Consume proteins from a good source.
Don't be afraid of healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts...
Pressure the government and public entities to approve important changes in the fight against metabolic diseases through healthy eating. Yes, you can do your part!
With these simple steps, you will begin your move. Believe!