'Avoid spicy food day before COVID-19 vaccination'
Nutritionist Ekkta Kundu said one should eat more green leafy vegetables, fruits, soups, khichdi and poha and to avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and caffeinated beverage after covid-19 vaccination.
The sixth and the last session of the ‘Virtual Series of National Talks’ organised by Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, Manipur University as a part of ‘Fit India Movement’ was held on Friday.
Speaking on the topic ‘Nutrition Self-Management during Pandemic,’ nutritionist Ekkta Kundu explained the importance of nutrition.
She suggested taking turmeric during this Covid pandemic as its antiviral property will help in slowing down the replication of the virus. She also mentioned that beetroot also helps in lung function by helping in relaxing blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and optimizing oxygen uptake and taking of garlic helps in strengthening the immune system of the body.
Kundu said to support the immune system, people need to follow a healthy lifestyle which includes taking a balanced diet, washing hands properly with soap, taking adequate rest, regular exercise of minimum 30 minutes per day and drinking eight to ten glasses of water.
In absence of the chances to go to gyms and others, a person can take up simple home works-out which really helps to burn calories like washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, watering plants and skipping, she added.
Giving tips on pre and post vaccination nutrition, she suggested that before the vaccination, one should eat simple food, should avoid spicy food the day before the vaccination, should not do exercise on the day of vaccination, should not take overdose of vitamins and minerals and should drink more water.
After COVID-19 vaccination, one should eat more green leafy vegetables, fruits, soups, khichdi and poha and to avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and caffeinated beverages, she added.Thanking every participant and organizers, Kundu said, “A healthy lifestyle is not about what you lose, it is about what you gain. A healthy diet throughout life promotes health outcomes, supports normal growth and development and extends the aging factors, helps to maintain a healthy body weight and reduces the risk of chronic disease leading to overall health and wellbeing.”
The session was moderated by dean of School of Education, MU professor T Inaobi Singh and co-moderated by assistant professor Koijam Sobita Devi.