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Superfoods You Should Include After Recovering From COVID

As a dietician, I have seen first-hand the impact that COVID-19 can have on a person’s health. For those who have recovered from the virus, the road to recovery can be a long and difficult one. In addition to the physical and emotional toll of the virus, many COVID-19 survivors also struggle with long-term symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. As such, it is important for COVID-19 survivors to have a recovery diet plan that will help them rebuild their strength and promote overall wellness.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image=”3248″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” label=””][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner]

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Focus on nutrient-dense foods

The first step in a recovery diet plan is to focus on nutrient-dense foods. This means choosing foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will help support the body’s healing process. Examples of nutrient-dense foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Include anti-inflammatory foods

COVID-19 can cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet can help reduce inflammation and support your body’s healing process. Examples of anti-inflammatory foods include fatty fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is also important during the recovery process. COVID-19 survivors may experience symptoms such as fever, coughing, and sweating, which can lead to dehydration. Drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, and other non-caffeinated beverages can help replenish fluids and prevent dehydration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Gradually increase calorie intake

Many COVID-19 survivors experience weight loss and loss of appetite as a result of the virus. To regain strength and promote healing, it is important to gradually increase calorie intake. This can be achieved by adding small snacks throughout the day and gradually increasing portion sizes at meals.

Incorporate protein into each meal Protein is essential for rebuilding muscle and promoting overall health. COVID-19 survivors should aim to incorporate protein into each meal, with a focus on lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, tofu, and legumes.


Eat frequent, small meals

Eating frequent, small meals throughout the day can help prevent fatigue and promote weight gain. COVID-19 survivors should aim to eat at least 5-6 small meals per day, with a focus on nutrient-dense foods.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Avoid processed foods and added sugars

Processed foods and added sugars can be detrimental to the recovery process. These foods are often high in calories and low in nutrients, and can lead to inflammation and other health issues. COVID-19 survivors should avoid processed foods and added sugars, and instead focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods.


Consider taking supplements

COVID-19 survivors may benefit from taking supplements to support their recovery. Some supplements that may be beneficial include probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking any supplements.


Listen to your body

Finally, it is important for COVID-19 survivors to listen to their bodies and adjust their diet plan as needed. Some survivors may experience digestive issues or other symptoms that require dietary modifications. It is important to work with a healthcare provider and a dietician to create a personalized recovery diet plan that meets individual needs.

In conclusion, a recovery diet plan is an essential component of the COVID-19 recovery process. By focusing on nutrient-dense foods, staying hydrated, gradually increasing calorie intake, incorporating protein into each meal, eating frequent, small meals, avoiding processed foods and added sugars, considering taking supplements, and listening to their bodies, COVID-19 survivors can support their recovery and promote overall health and wellness. It is important for survivors to work with a healthcare provider and a dietician to create a personalized recovery plan that meets individual needs and promotes optimal recovery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section]