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While the principles of healthy eating are often presented in the context of preventing or improving non-communicable diseases, diet also plays a very important role for our ability to fight against infectious diseases.
Here are some key dietary considerations for this period of Covid-19 epidemic:
1. Optimal immune function is dependent on a healthy immune system.
2. Adequate nutrition is crucial to ensure a good supply of calories as well as macronutrients and micronutrients required for the development, maintenance and expression of the immune response.
An inadequate intake of micronutrients at any stage of life affects various functions within the immune system, ...
Being a novel infectious agent, there is no specific treatment available for Covid-19 as of now and many efforts currently revolve around testing existing medicines or developing new remedial agents.
Some present clinical trials are evaluating azithromycin and chloroquine therapy / Vitamin C infusion for the treatment of severe Covid-19 infected pneumonia / the efficacy and safety of mefloquine as prophylaxis / the efficacy of melatonin as prophylaxis / interest in the administration of Dornase alpha aerosol in ARDS secondary to respiratory etc…
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The burden to population health caused by physical inactivity due to Covid-19 confinement will be large. Scientific evidences are showing that physical inactivity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions, including the world’s major non-communicable diseases like coronary heart disease type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancers, and shortens life expectancy1. Also in order to stimulate our immune response - both innate and adaptative immunity - as well as our physical and mental health, we all need to be engage in daily moderate physical activity2.
Whether you are in a lockdown or not, plan for daily physical activity and consider motivating your family, friends, colleagues or neighbor to engage every day in some type of physical activity as well.
Jason M. Aragon, Dean of the School of Public Heath, Director for Healthy University and Campus Wellness at Montemorelos University, is showing us how to exercise in very small spaces. Follow Jason & enjoy !
6 Ways to boost your mental resilience during the pandemic
United Nation's Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is "the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War". There is no denying that this is a big one. Whether we'll remain physically well or not, we're all being affected in various ways. By now, most of us are carefully taking precautions to avoid getting infected ourselves and infecting others. But it is not only our physical health that is at risk. Our mental health is also being challenged. How do we manage our thoughts and feelings in this crisis so we can get through this, and maybe, even come out stronger?
Here are some tips:
1. It's a crisis. Face it.
• Yes, it is a crisis. It came upon us unexpectedly, it...
According the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: “based on data from EU countries, 32% of the diagnosed cases have required hospitalization and 2.4% have had severe illness requiring respiratory support and/or ventilation. The crude fatality rate was 1.5% among diagnosed cases and 11% among hospitalized cases. “
In Europe, the likelihood of hospitalization and severe illness increases in persons over 65 and those with hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, compromised immune status, cancer and obesity.
Confirming the former findings, a meta-analysis of 30 epidemiological studies consisting of 53,000 COVID-19 patients, shows that risk factors for severity also include: male gender, smoking and chronic kidney disease1.
One positive element is that most of those conditions are lifestyle related and that lifestyle changes have proven to be successful treatments for them.
Helping individuals to improve or reverse hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other non-communicable conditions, will contribute to limit the severity of the pandemic.
REVERSING DISEASE WITH LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
Sharing Health, Healing and Hope
Those who accept Christ as their personal Saviour are not left as orphans, to bear the trials of life alone. He receives them as members of the heavenly family; He bids them call His Father their Father. They are His “little ones,” dear to the heart of God, bound to Him by the most tender and abiding ties. He has toward them an exceeding tenderness, as far surpassing what our father or mother has felt toward us in our helplessness as the divine is above the human. E.G.White, DA p 327