Covid-2020 cases, which have been in our lives since the beginning of 19, were mostly seen in adults. In recent months, it has been reported that the virus has been mutated, transmitting faster and affecting children. The risk of Covid-19 transmitting to children is upsetting to families. For this reason, it is very important to follow the rules of mask, social distance and cleaning with great care. In addition, it is necessary to pay close attention to their diet. So, how should children be fed against Covid-19? Istanbul Rumeli University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Dietician Gonca Güzel Ünal listed the rules to be considered regarding the nutrition of children.
FOR LOT OF WATER
He should drink plenty of water to open the sinuses. Nasal cleansing with salt water is beneficial. Nasal baths can be done with products containing scientifically proven surfactants to prevent chronic sinusitis. This will relieve postnasal drip and sinuses.
EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
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, marinades, kefir and homemade yogurt are very beneficial for intestinal microbiota in children.
INCREASE VITAMIN D
In the Covid-trial study, vitamin D was found to be important in protecting against Covid-19. Vitamin D supplements should be given to children, and they should be taken out to the open air and sun.
DO NOT CONSUME PACKAGED PRODUCTS
Studies have shown that a sugary diet lowers immunity against Covid-19. For this reason, it is necessary to avoid consuming sugar and packaged products in children.
EAT PROTEIN FOODS
Zinc, vitamin C and Selenium vitamins and minerals that support adequate immunity to protect against Covid-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.
CHOOSE STEAM OR STEAMING MANAGEMENT
Preferring steaming or boiling methods while cooking food and cooking less is beneficial for immunity. Eating plenty of vegetables, healthy protein and healthy fat, spices and fermented products such as the Mediterranean diet is essential for a good immune system.