Corona Nutritional Management
Although mere intake of good food cannot cure coronavirus many foods have potential to boost immunity and helps in preventing against viral infections
Eating soluble fibre boosts the production of a protein (interleukin-4), which in turn stimulates the infection-fighting cells (T-cells) in the body. In the digestive tract, soluble fibre undergoes fermentation, and upon reaching the large intestine, it is broken down by the gut bacteria into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), which enable the movement of immune cells. Fruits, veggies, seeds, dals, etc. are good sources of soluble fibre.
The leaves of tulsi, neem and curry patta are valuable additions. Other leafy vegetables are also of great value. Tea is also a leaf and plays a role in disease prevention. Green tea, black tea are good options.
Among the fruits, the (amla) and all other berries are valuable. The citrus fruits of the season, figs, dates, pear, apple, pomegranate and raisins, should be included on the menu whenever possible.
Legumes and dals, particularly those with the outer covering intact, such as channa, mash, lobia, soy, beans and peas, are of great value.
Nuts and seeds like almond, flaxseed, sesame, chia, poppy, watermelon, sunflower and mustard are worthwhile additions to the diet.
Black cumin seeds (kalonji) and its oil has been described by scientists as nourishment for the immune system.
Garlic is another powerful agent, but the beneficial properties of garlic are destroyed upon cooking, so adding garlic to salads, chutneys and dips, is the best way to consume it. Black pepper, cinnamon and fenugreek are other spices of immense value. Fenugreek seeds can be soaked, sprouted and added to salads, in addition to its regular use in cooking. It is good to be reminded about the critical role of good bacteria in immunity-building. Get your daily dose from dahi, lassi, buttermilk, raita and fermented foods.
Poor food and poorer eating habits are the leading reasons of poor health of Pakistani people. Dr Shahzad Basra, professor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, is struggling hard to introduce new superfoods in the country. Amaranth is a group of more than 60 different species of grains that have been cultivated for about 8,000 years. These grains were once considered a staple food in the Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations. Amaranth is classified as a pseudocereal, meaning that it’s not technically a cereal grain like wheat or oats, but it shares a comparable set of nutrients and is used in similar ways. Its earthy, nutty flavor works well in a variety of dishes.Besides being incredibly versatile, this nutritious grain is naturally gluten-free and rich in protein, fiber, micronutrients and antioxidants
Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories. They contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural molecules that occur in certain foods. They help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are natural byproducts of energy production that can wreak havoc on the body. I am working as professor at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and lead Alternate Crops Lab. I have introduced 7 super food crops. This video explains a basic information.
COVID-19 is an illness that severely affect lungs and airways and epidemic. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. It has been reported in 170 countries. WHO says that Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth…
Cakes, sweet, drink along with with pasta and fries are common celebration food in birthday, anniversary, promotion etc parties. Such foods can be taken occasionally once in a while but in modern changed life style such celebrations are very common. Hardly any day without such parties/events and such food. When such food is taken in routine then it becomes very unhealthy. Since cakes and sweets are very rich in sugar, fat and starch so very high in calories. When cakes are taken in combination with drinks then it is a worst food. Such eating habits are among the reasons of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, blood pressure, high cholesterol etc. Strange celebrations where in the name of good wishes unhealthy food is presented. Can we change this bad eating habit into healthy eating habits. Yes. Cakes shape healthy foods like Fresh fruits, rice etc can be prepared. There is a dire…
Dhaba is a restaurant on the highway, which serve local food dishes. Such shacks of roadside are basically mud structures with charts (charpaais), mainly for truck drivers to sit upon and have food.These hotels are also known as Truck Hotels. These offer very tasty local food and tea at very cheap rates. Some of such hotels are getting popularity due to tasty food and New Haji Hotel is an example. It is situated near Manawala, Sheikhura on GT Road. This hotel offers desi murghi, batair, beef, mutton and daal. The specialty of this hotel is fresh wheat chapati.
Breakfast is the best meal of the day. Always prepare best healthy food to start a day. Never for just heavy and fried food, rather go for full of nutrition and light so that you can work easily whole day. This video demonstrates a best breakfast recipe.
Oxtail millet (Setaria italica) is a common food in parts of India. Its health beneﬁts in diabetic rats, produced a “signiﬁcant fall (70%) in blood glucose” while having no such eﬀect in normal rats. Diabetic rats fed millet also showed signiﬁcantly lower levels of triglycerides, and total/LDL/VLDL cholesterol, while exhibiting an increase in HDL cholesterol. It is recently introduced in Pakistan.
Moringa is known for one the best natural supplement. A food which is very dense in most of the nutrients and vitamins required by a human being. Moringa is very effective in supplementation of poor unbalanced food. Moreover, lot of bioactive compounds are also present those are effective against many diseases. There is a misconception that moringa is a medicine, rather it is dietary supplement.