With almost a million COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, it doesn’t come as a surprise that almost all hospitals in NCR are already full. Nurses, doctors, and hospital staff have to turn away patients due to the full capacity of their facilities, and they resort to asking them to self-isolate at home.
Thus, family members and relatives become instant caregivers to individuals with COVID-19, risking their own physical and mental healths to take care of their loved ones. (Read: 3 Healthy Smoothies We Learned From Celebrities)
To address the effect on the physical health of those taking care of COVID-19 patients at home, YouTube’s Dr. Dex Macalintal, a registered nutritionist dietitian and medical practitioner, has put together a list of food that caregivers should have at home. Read below!
Food Against COVID-19: Water and Fluids
It is the immune system’s natural response to fight off any foreign bodies such as viruses, germs, and bacteria because it is what they are trained to do. But in fighting off these microbes, the body becomes prone to dehydration— thus increasing our need to hydrate.
This is the reason why Dr. Dex reminds both patients and caregivers to stay hydrated, and increase fluid intake to 12 glasses per day— especially with the hot weather we are experiencing right now.
Food Against COVID-19: Protein-Rich Food
Dr. Dex says the body triggers an immune response when it has an infection, which is why a higher intake of proteins and calories is a must. He says we are not only eating because we have to fill our stomachs with food, but also to help our bodies cope with the lost nutrients and energy due to infection.
According to Dr. Dex, unprocessed meats, eggs, soy, peas, and nuts are the best sources of protein. (LIST: Vitamin-Rich Fruits You Need on Your Plate, Stat!)
Food Against COVID-19: Fruits, Veggies, Grains
It is a known fact that fruits and veggies are filled with vitamins and minerals that help improve our immune systems and bodies as a whole. But did you know that whole grains also have that effect on your body?
Dr. Dex advises increasing your consumption of these food items and making sure that your plate is colorful. He explains that the more colors on your meal there are— yellows, greens, reds— the more nutrients you can get! (Read: Want a happy, healthy life? Experts suggest eating the rainbow!)
Watch Dr. Dex’s very informative vlog below: