Eat Real Food
Protect the NHS
How do we best look after ourselves during the pandemic?
It is likely that most of us will be exposed to the coronavirus at some point, so what can we do NOW to minimise the impact?
Real Food can help us boost and balance our immune systems but our metabolic health is also vitally important. The disease is having the worst outcomes in those with poor metabolic health and the diseases associated with this such as heart disease and diabetes.
We want to share our top 5 food tips for improving immune AND metabolic health.
EAT a RAINBOW incorporating a wide variety of seasonal berries and organic vegetables
CHOOSE protein from wild fish, pasture-fed animal sources, mushrooms, organic whole grains, nuts, seeds and pulses
INCLUDE more herbs, spices, garlic, condiments & ferments for immune-supporting phytonutrients and microbes
AVOID ultra-processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar and vegetable oils
FAST occasionally or practise time-restricted feeding
- Optimise Vitamin D levels by getting adequate sunshine and eating oily fish, outdoor raised eggs & animal fat
For more tips on how to improve your health and immune system naturally see our parent BHMA COVID-19 page
There is plenty of evidence to support these 5 tips and more and we will be collating some of this from research papers, articles and blogs over the next few weeks. If you have any you would like to share please do get in touch.
Healthy diet with nutritional supplements support body in fight against COVID-19 – Neuroscience News, April 23rd 2020
Endocrine and metabolic link to coronavirus infection – Nature Reviews Endocrinology, April 2nd 2020
Covid 19 and the elephant in the room – European Scientist, April 16th 2020
Association between berries intake and cardiovascular diseases risk factors: a systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis of randomized controlled trials 2018
Time-Restricted Eating to Prevent and Manage Chronic Metabolic Diseases – Annual Review of Nutrition, Aug 21st 2019
It’s not just about health
Let’s use this opportunity to support a better future not only for our selves and our families but also for our communities, countryside and planet.
- Buy local, organic and regeneratively farmed foods
- Cook more from scratch
- Waste less food
- Grow your own