Protect children against Kovid-19 with proper nutrition


gave | Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 17:17 | Last Updated: 21 04 2021 – 17:17

It has been stated that the cases of Kovid-19, which have been in our lives since 2020, are primarily seen in adults, but in recent months, the virus has been mutated, spreading faster and affecting children. Stating that attention should be paid to the nutrition of children at this point, Istanbul Rumeli University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Dr. Dietician Gonca Güzel Ünal drew attention to the points that should be emphasized regarding the nutrition of children.

Emphasizing the importance of water consumption as well as proper nutrition, Dr. Dietician Gonca Güzel Ünal said, “He should drink plenty of water to open the sinuses. Nasal cleansing with salt water is beneficial. Nasal baths can be performed with products containing scientifically proven surfactants to prevent chronic sinusitis. This will relieve postnasal drip and sinuses, ”he said.

“SUGARED PRODUCTS LOWER IMMUNITY”

Underlining that sugary diet lowers immunity against Kovid-19 in the studies conducted, Ünal stated that the consumption of sugar and packaged products in children should be avoided. Dr. Dietician Gonca Ünal said, “In order to balance the immune system, nutrition programs containing plenty of vegetables and fruits should be made for children, and their antioxidant and fiber intake should be increased. Fermented products, pickles, kefir and homemade yogurt are very beneficial for intestinal microbiota in children, ”he said.

“INCREASE VITAMIN D INTAKE”

In the Covid-trial study, Ünal stated that vitamin D is important in protecting against Kovid-19, and children should be given vitamin D supplements and exposed to the sun in abundance, and made the following explanations about other nutritional methods that will keep immunity resistant to the virus:

“Zinc, Vitamin C and Selenium vitamins and minerals that support adequate immunity to protect against Kovid-19 are also important. It is necessary to consume plenty of nuts, fruits and vegetables, protein foods. Lemonade, orange juice, honey mint tea, ginger tea are among the drinks that can be consumed by children. To support stomach acid, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar water can be drunk before eating, and homemade beets and sauerkraut can be used to support stomach acid at meals. In cooking, steaming or boiling methods and less cooking are beneficial for immunity. Using plenty of vegetables, healthy protein and healthy fat, spices and fermented products such as the Mediterranean diet is essential for a good immune system. “


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