Faced with the uncertainty that we are all living with in the context of the COVID-19 confinement, it is normal for many to seek comfort through food.
In fact, it is recognized that in times of stress, to compensate for our concerns, we may dive into food without restraint, especially into foods high in fat and sugar, which we can find comforting and calming. In addition, the fact that we no longer have a routine and are at home all the time, encourages more trips to the pantry and fridge.
Still, it is very important to maintain your good eating habits, especially at this time, because eating well is a good way to put the odds in your favour through strengthening the effectiveness of your immune system. Let’s take advantage of the time we are saving on transportation to take care of ourselves by preparing good, healthy and balanced meals.
Smoking is the main preventable cause of death and illness. In addition, a smoker will see their life expectancy decrease by 10 years. Note that quitting smoking is associated with many health benefits such as reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, or chronic respiratory disease. Many smokers say that they do not want to quit smoking partly in fear of gaining weight. However, the risk of gaining weight should not be an obstacle to this very beneficial change for your health. (more…)
In a previous article, I mentioned that ultra-processed products account for almost half of the caloric intake in many countries and that they are harmful to your health. Following this article, a reader asked me how they could recognize ultra-processed foods. They wondered if tofu and sweetened fruit yogurts could be considered ultra-processed foods in the same way as chicken nuggets for example.
The immune system is complex, and its proper functioning is influenced by several factors such as stress level, exercise, age, diet, tobacco, sleep… If we want it to be as effective as possible to protect us from pathogenic microorganisms, we must support it with a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet. Eating well is one of the key points because deficiencies in certain nutrients can weaken our immune defenses. The main nutrients to watch for are vitamins A, C, E, zinc, selenium, iron, copper and folic acid.
More and more people are removing animal products (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products) from their diets and turning to a more environmentally friendly, animal-friendly, so-called vegan diet, that will be better for their health while also being less expensive. However, be careful not to fall into the trap of vegan junk food because this will not be beneficial to your health.