Everyone is talking about the epidemic caused by the coronavirus. But no one is talking about an “epidemic” that has been with us for years and in which the number of cases is growing year by year. An epidemic that is also closely linked to the coronavirus.
And this “epidemic” is nothing more than an increasing incidence of chronic diseases. Particular emphasis is placed on hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes and insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.
These diseases are very similar in one thing: unhealthy eating and the resulting obesity play a huge role in the development and exacerbation of each. Unhealthy eating, with snacking and turning to sugary foods, has only increased since the epidemic. After all, sitting at home, isolated from our peers, in the shadow of uncertainty and fear of the virus, we try to shine our days with delicious food.
But what has this got to do with the coronavirus?
Surely you have heard that the virus is especially dangerous for sick, weakened organisms. This is indeed the case, as according to CDC data, 94% of those who died from the coronavirus epidemic had a chronic disease other than the virus. Among them, the most common causes were cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
That’s why you can see that it’s far from enough to just deal with external defenses like wearing a mask or using hand sanitizers. In addition to strengthening your immune system, it would be much, but more important, to prevent chronic diseases, and if they have already developed in you, to treat them.
To do this, however, you need to change your diet first!
Let's look at the most important points you need to pay attention to:
1. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
I’m probably not saying anything new that overweight, insulin resistance, and type II diabetes are the main causes of excessive consumption of fast-absorbing sugar and refined carbohydrates. And these diseases all have additional consequences, such as vascular damage and a weakened immune system.
These are a particularly serious problem during this period, as from now on your body will have a harder time fighting the pathogens and will not be able to take effective action against the symptoms and complications caused by the virus. It is understandable, therefore, why there are more deaths among those with chronic illness.
Instead of refined carbohydrates, eat fiber-rich, whole-grain products like brown rice, whole-wheat bread or pasta, rye and bran products, or oatmeal. They are absorbed more slowly due to their lower glycemic index. Thus, they prove to be a good choice in both the prevention and treatment of diabetes and insulin resistance.
And try to quench your craving for sweets with fruit instead of sugar! If you’re craving something for a quick snack, a stick of Orifit or Purfit is a super and healthy substitute instead of candy or other sugary food.
2. Down with the fats! Or not?
It is often heard that we do not eat so fatty because it leads to unhealthy cardiovascular problems and obesity.
This is true anywhere, but we need fats. Moreover, they can even slow the absorption of carbohydrates in the prevention or treatment of diabetes. But it really doesn’t matter what fats you use!
You should really reduce animal saturated fats by choosing lean meats and dairy products.
By reducing this, you can moderately increase the amount of some natural vegetable oils that are beneficial. Examples are omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, many of which unfortunately ingest too little. Yet these are high-impact and can reduce the vascular inflammation is more! To consume them, eat sea fish or busus, flaxseed oil, walnut or olive oil several times.
A great snack, for example, is a natural yogurt sprinkled with pieces of nuts. The fat content of walnuts slows down the absorption of lactose in yoghurt. For sweetening, I recommend mixing a stick of Orifit or Purfit!
3. With fruits and vegetables against the virus
It is best to sprinkle these oils on a large bowl of salad. Because of their low energy density, vegetables help prevent obesity and, with their high fiber content, lower cholesterol and slow the absorption of carbohydrates. And their mineral, vitamin and antioxidant content strengthens your immune system.
Most importantly, however, eat berries such as elderberries, blueberries, currants, blackberries, or blackberries on a daily basis.
This is because they provide the best protection against cardiovascular damage, which is extremely poor in those infected with the coronavirus. Their daily consumption is also very important in diabetes and insulin resistance, as they are a common complication of vascular disease.
Berries are able to lower blood pressure and regenerate blood vessels through the colorants that act as antioxidants. Moreover, they even act as natural anticoagulants for atherosclerosis and the risk of thrombosis!
Now you must have been amazed at how you still eat berries on a daily basis. After all, you can't even get them in the winter, from a land far away, which is definitely chemicalized. However, even in summer, domestic produce is available at astronomical prices.