What are the Effects of Diet on Increasing Risk of Contracting Coronavirus?

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 12:06

University Of Arizona professor has stated that food plays a huge role in immune system. Plant-based foods have protective phytochemicals, nutrients and antioxidants that keep us healthy and boost the immune system.

According to Farshad Fani Marvasti, associate professor and director of the Public Health, Prevention and Population Health curriculum at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine – Phoenix, All plants have unique phytonutrients that help our body repair itself and strengthen its resistance to disease. For example, all plant foods have fiber. Fiber is a major source of food for our microbiome, which is a key component of a healthy immune system.

In his interview with AZ Big Media, he said that, "We consist of 90 percent bacteria and 10 percent human cells. These ‘good’ bacterial colonies require fiber to stay healthy."

"One extremely simple way to boost your immune system is to drink enough water. Most of us do not drink enough water. Those who do not have certain medical conditions or medications that effect their water intake should drink two to three liters per day. Whenever you feel like you are getting sick, drink some water. Drinking enough water can prevent you from getting sick and having to get IV support due to poor hydration," he said.

He added that, "Two other ways to boost your immune system naturally are getting enough sleep and exercising. Practicing what we call good sleep hygiene and getting enough sleep maintains adequate melatonin levels that are protective against coronavirus. This is one of the hypotheses regarding why children seem to be less prone to this infection, namely that they have higher melatonin levels. Also, sleep is regenerative. Just like we need to charge our smartphones and devices, we also need to charge ourselves."

"Additionally, exercise naturally boosts our immune system. It improves circulation, which helps our bodies recognize potential pathogens like viruses and fights them off before they get a foothold in our body. Exercise also enhances our mood," he noted.

Mentioning the unhealthy habits which lead to worsen the immune system, he declared that, "unhealthy habits that worsen your immune system include not getting enough water, drinking too much caffeine and excess alcohol and eating processed foods. Drinking alcohol depresses your immune system for several hours after you drink. Caffeine depletes your body of water to fight off infection. Processed foods deprive you of vital nutrients needed to repair and defend against infections and chronic diseases."

"Also, being happy and laughing boosts your immunity, while getting angry can actually depress the immune system for several hours after an episode of anger. So paying attention to your mental and emotional health is important when thinking about immunity."


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