Covid-19 & Health Update: Diet & Nutrition During the Pandemic

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Here is a paper detailing the known fact that an optimal immune response to any infectious insult is required to keep infections at bay. This is really straightforward information about a vital topic considering that diet is a primary contributor to overall health, future risk for disease, as well as adequate immune response and a lower inflammatory burden. Here are the basics from the abstract:

“The coronavirus-disease 2019 (COVID-19) was announced as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Challenges arise concerning how to optimally support the immune system in the general population, especially under self-confinement. An optimal immune response depends on an adequate diet and nutrition in order to keep infection at bay. For example, sufficient protein intake is crucial for optimal antibody production. Low micronutrient status, such as of vitamin A or zinc, has been associated with increased infection risk. Frequently, poor nutrient status is associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, which in turn can impact the immune system. Dietary constituents with especially high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity include vitamin C, vitamin E, and phytochemicals such as carotenoids and polyphenols. Several of these can interact with transcription factors such as NF-kB and Nrf-2, related to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, respectively. Vitamin D in particular may perturb viral cellular infection via interacting with cell entry receptors (angiotensin converting enzyme 2), ACE2. Dietary fiber, fermented by the gut microbiota into short-chain fatty acids, has also been shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects. In this review, we highlight the importance of an optimal status of relevant nutrients to effectively reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, thereby strengthening the immune system during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Bottom Line:
The above abstract says it all, and the crucial parts to understand are highlighted or underlined. All of us should understand that a high-quality diet is essential, and now more than ever is it critical to heed this information and create and optimal lifestyle to prevent or reduce the risk or severity of any possible disease or infection. Along with standard medical care, these type of lifestyle interventions can be a significant contributor to how well we get through this pandemic. Additionally, you are certainly aware that there is a parallel pandemic of chronic disease that is making this infectious pandemic even worse. The good news is that the steps you can take to assist immune strength will also help reduce chronic disease expression. For more information, you can check out the rest of the paper.

We wish you good health and abundance!

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