Foods to Boost Your Immunity

Foods to Boost Your Immunity

George Bernard Shaw once said that “there is no sincerer love than the love for food.”

As we stay home to flatten the curve during these Covid-19 times, it is important to demystify fact from fiction as far as our food intake goes. It is with this in mind we sought the help of Jasper Oloo, Consultant Dietician at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Here’s what he had to say.

Given the measures to stay home, a few of us make jokes about eating everything in the pantry well before the quarantine period is over. Are there any tips you would give to our readers as far as diet is concerned?

The quarantine period has created anxiety on the masses and people respond to anxiety or stress in different ways. Some end up having increased appetite while to others the appetite would be reduced or depressed. The sight of food or the smell of food also triggers the urge to eat.

It is therefore important to note that different foods have different effects on our bodies. During this time of quarantine, we need to consider two things as far as our diets are concerned: We should eat to help our bodies have strong immunities by ensuring that we eat enough of the macronutrients (Carbohydrates, proteins and fats), and the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) We should avoid excess intake and deficiencies of the macronutrients and micronutrients