Food for corona recovery

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Our food and supplements for corona recovery

The new virus that marked the 21st century has been with us for almost two years. We all seem to get used to it and its consequences and we all try to learn to live with it. We both also tested positive for Corona in November and later we built stronger immune system and antibodies. None of us expected such symptoms, as this virus is nothing similar to regular flu we had in the past. Symptoms of covid19 are not only fever, fatigue and headache, but the virus completely take away your energy and makes you tired and dull. Let me list the main symptoms that we experienced during corona: fever, headache, loss of energy, loss of appetite, colds, coughs and worst of all – loss of smell and taste.

Now, when all of this is behind us, we can talk about our symptoms and how we helped each other fight the disease. The fever lasted for about three days, leaving only other symptoms such as sore throat, nausea, feeling dehydrated, sore muscles, loss of smell and taste and loss of appetite. During the illness, we consumed supplements, tea and (later) light food. More detailed information on supplements follows below. Fortunately, we did not have any serious forms of the disease, in which case we would need more intensive medical care.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS AND FOODS THAT HELPED US DURING THE DISEASE

FOOD

The first few days you completely lose your appetite (nothing new, right?). We also encountered digestive problems and vomiting. For the next two weeks, we mostly liked vegetable soups, light food, fresh salad (without spices and oil), and later some healthy cereals and legumes. We also regularly consumed ginger, which is known as a natural remedy that helps with various health problems. It is also recommended to add sauerkraut and turnips to your menu, which have a beneficial effect on digestion. Also, we rested a lot as we completely lost our energy.

VITAMIN D
It is no secret that many Slovenians are deficient in vitamin D due to insufficient exposure to the sun, which is the main source of vitamin D. We wrote more about this in one of the previous posts on the blog. Vitamin D increases the levels of anti-inflammatory cells and immune cells. Vitamin D intake prevents the inflammatory storm in the lungs and helps defeat viruses and bacteria.

ZINC

Why did we choose zinc? Because it stimulates the functioning of immune cells. This is evidenced by a number of studies: (1) Individuals with zinc deficiency in the body are more prone to infectious diseases. Foods that contain zinc and are also suitable for vegetarians: soy, sesame, cashews, lentils, peanuts, almonds, chickpeas, hazelnuts, etc.

MAGNESIUM

Many people consume magnesium on a daily basis, which is not surprising, as it has many positive properties for the body. Magnesium contributes to the reduction of fatigue and exhaustion, improves electrolyte balance, energy release in metabolism, nervous system and muscle function, plays a role in protein synthesis, contributes to normal psychological functioning, maintaining healthy bones and healthy teeth, …. (2)

PARACETAMOL IN VITAMIN C

During the illness, we took paracetamol (Lekadol with vitamin C) to reduce the temperature, which effectively reduced the fever. We chose paracetamol (brand Lekadol in Slovene) with the addition of vitamin C or ascorbic acid, which contributes to a better immune system and plays an important role in the normal functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth. In addition, vitamin C has an antioxidant effect as it protects cells in the body from oxidative stress, while having a beneficial effect on the functioning of the nervous system and reducing fatigue. We get a lot of vitamin C from fresh juices and smoothies, during the illness we increased our vitamin intake with a supplement of vitamin C powder. We also drank a lot of rosehip tea, which is rich in vitamin C.

PROBIOTICS

According to Chinese medicine, all disease begins in the gut, so we have to give attention to it. We consumed probiotics that affect the functioning of our immune system and prevent the survival and development of harmful bacteria.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES

The ingredients listed above we used during the illness. Of course, there are many other ways and methods that can help, e.g. quercetin, multivitamins, B complex, etc. We are also interested in your experience and how you helped yourself during the corona or if you somehow avoided getting infected with it?

We are glad that we overcame this virus together and we can share with you what helped us. In the New Year, we wish you plenty of health, inner peace and joy. We also want to thank you for reading our blog.

SOURCES

-NIJZ. (2020). https://www.nijz.si/sites/www.nijz.si/files/uploaded/mgcl_prispevek_final.pdf

-Rink, Rolles, Wessels. (2020) https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01712/full?fbclid=IwAR2dMknldDOCu3guYNVNMmZ7dBRC_-CU1yyaVWcEzghbFmaDMtaj0IUrohI

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Najina hrana in prehranski dodatki med korono

Nova bolezen, ki je zaznamovala 21. stoletje, je prisotna z nami že slabi dve leti. Zdi se, da se na korono in njene posledice vsi navajamo ter se z njo učimo živeti. Tudi midve sva v mesecu novembru zboleli za korono in s tem postali prebolevnici z močnejšim imunskim sistemom ter s protitelesi. Nobena izmed naju ni pričakovala takšnih simptomov, saj nobena dosedanja bolezen ni bila podobna koroni (kljub temu, da sva o njej veliko brali). Simptomi korone niso le vročina, utrujenost in glavobol, temveč ti covid popolnoma ožame energijo iz telesa. Še Anita, ki je po naravi zelo energična oseba, je obležala skoraj ves teden, medtem, ko jo je Martina odnesla brez hujše vročine. Naj naštejem glavne simptome, ki so naju pestili: vročina, glavobol, izguba energije, izguba apetita, nahod, kašelj in še najhuje od vsega – izguba vonja in okusa.

Sedaj, ko je to za nama, lahko sproščeno govoriva o najinih simptomih in o tem, kako sva si pomagali pri boju z boleznijo. Vročina je trajala nekje tri dni, nato so bili prisotni simptomi, kot so zamašeno grlo, slabost, občutek dehidriranosti, boleče mišice, izguba vonja in okusa ter pomanjkanje apetita. Med boleznijo sva si pomagali z določenimi prehranskimi dopolnili, čajem in (kasneje) z lahko hrano. Podrobnejše informacije o prehranskih dopolnilih sledijo v nadaljevanju. K sreči nisva imeli hujše oblike bolezni, v tem primeru bi potrebovali intenzivnejšo terapijo oz. zdravstveno oskrbo.

PREHRANSKA DOPOLNILA IN ŽIVILA, KI SO NAMA POMAGALA MED BOLEZNIJO

HRANA

Prvih nekaj dni popolnoma izgubiš apetit (nič novega, kajne?). Srečali sva se tudi s prebavnimi težavami in bruhanjem. Tudi naslednja dva tedna, so nama najbolj prijali sveži citrusi, včasih tudi zelenjavne juhe, lahka hrana, sveža solata (brez začimb in olja), kasneje pa tudi težjo hrano, kot so zdrava žita. Redno sva tudi uživali ingver, ki slovi kot naravno zdravilo, ki blaži številne zdravstvene težave. Priporočljivo je uživati tudi stročnice, kislo zelje in repo, ki blagodejno delujejo na prebavo. Med boleznijo sva veliiiko počivali, ker sva res izgubili energijo.

VITAMIN D

Ni skrivnost, da mnogim Slovencem primanjkuje vitamina D zaradi premajhne izpostavljenosti soncu, ki je glavni vir vitamin D. O tem sva zapisali več v eni izmed prejšnjih objav na blogu. Vitamin D poveča naravno odpornost proti okužbam, povišajo se ravni protivnetnih celic in imunskih celic. Uživanje vitamina D zavira vnetno nevihto v pljučih ter pomaga pri premagovanju virusov in bakterij. 

CINK

Zakaj sva se odločili za cink? Ker spodbuja delovanje imunskih celic. To dokazujejo številne študije: (1) Posamezniki, ki imajo pomanjkanje cinka v telesu so bolj dovzetni za nalezljive bolezni. Živila, ki vsebujejo cink in so primerna tudi za vegeterijance: soja, sezam, indijski oreščki, leča, arašidi, mandlji, čičerika, lešniki, itn.

MAGNEZIJ

Mnogi uživajo magnezij vsakodnevno, kar ne preseneča, saj ima številne pozitivne lastnosti za telo. Magnezij prispeva k zmanjševanju utrujenosti in izčrpanosti, k ravnotežju elektrolitov, sproščanju energije pri presnovi, delovanju živčnega sistema in mišic, ima vlogo pri sintezi beljakovin, prispeva k normalnemu psihološkemu delovanju, k ohranjanju zdravih kosti in zdravih zob, ima vlogo pri delitvi celic.(2)

PARACETAMOL IN VITAMIN C

Med boleznijo sva za zbijanje temperature uživali paracetamol (zdravilo Lekadol z vitaminom C), ki je učinkovito zmanjšal vročino. Izbrali sva Lekadol z dodatkom vitamina C ali askorbinsko kislino, ki prispeva k boljšemu imunskemu sistemu in ima pomembno vlogo za normalno delovanje žil, kosti, hrustanca, dlesni, kože in zob. Poleg tega, vitamin C deluje antioksidativno saj celice v telesu ščiti pred oksidativnim stresom, hkrati pa blagodejno vpliva na delovanje živčnega sistema ter zmanjšuje utrujenost. Midve veliko vitamina C pridobiva tudi s svežimi sokovi in smutiji, med boleznijo sva vnos vitamina povečali s prehranskim dodatkom vitamina C v prahu. Spili sva tudi veliko šipkovega čaja, ki je bogat z vitaminom C.

PROBIOTIKI

Po kitajski medicini se vsaka bolezen prične v črevesju, zato ga moramo med boleznijo še dodatno »naorožiti«. Odločili sva se za kuro s probiotiki, ki vplivajo na delovanje našega imunskega sistema in ovirajo preživetje in razvoj škodljivih bakterij.

DRUGE ALTERNATIVE

Midve sva se odločili za zgoraj naštete sestavine, ki sva jih uporabljali med boleznijo. Seveda obstajajo tudi številni drugi načini in metode, ki lahko pomagajo, npr. kvercetin, multivitamini, B kompleks, itn. Zanima naju tudi vaše izkušnje in kako ste si vi pomagali med korono oz. ste se izognili okužbi z njo?

Veseli naju, da sva skupaj preboleli korono ter lahko z vami deliva to, kar je nama pomagalo. V Novem letu vama tako želiva obilo zdravja, notranjega miru in radosti. Ob tem se vam tudi zahvaljujeva, ker naju berete.

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NIJZ. (2020). https://www.nijz.si/sites/www.nijz.si/files/uploaded/mgcl_prispevek_final.pdf

Rink, Rolles, Wessels. (2020) https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01712/full?fbclid=IwAR2dMknldDOCu3guYNVNMmZ7dBRC_-CU1yyaVWcEzghbFmaDMtaj0IUrohI

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3 thoughts on “Food for corona recovery

  1. This is an helpful article,
    thank God you recovered from covid🙏
    I want to find out something..drinking milk is it good when you have corona? As it rich in magnesium and zinc

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    1. Thank you. It depends on the amount of nutrients. Check the label and make sure it meets the daily needs. However, I wouldn’t risk, that is why I it is advisable check your Zinc levels in the lab as well as drinking Zinc supplements with the right amount for daily needs, especially during covid. Have a great day.

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