Keeping your body well-nourished is the best way to protect yourself from illness. Whilst no single food will decrease your chance of getting diseases like COVID-19, there are simple ways to provide your body with the support it needs to fight off any bugs that you may come into contact with.
Whilst some spout the benefits of expensive supplements, unless you have a diagnosed deficiency, these can have little to no effect on your wellbeing, and may prove dangerous if taken in excess.
Life Education Queensland’s Nutrition Officer, Matt Dowling, recommends trying to ‘eat the rainbow’ to maintain overall wellbeing.
“Eating the rainbow simply means trying to eat as many different coloured fruits and vegetables in your diet as you can each day,” says Matt.
“It might sound challenging at first, but it can actually be a fun game to play with your kids – especially choosing what to eat from the fridge or pantry. Challenge your children to choose different coloured fruits and veggies when preparing meals and then see how many you can include in your diet each day.”
Keeping track of the different colours on a chart or a hand-drawn rainbow picture is another fun way Matt suggests getting the kids involved. You can download a FREE template here!
“Get your child to draw or colour in a picture of a rainbow and then each day have them identify how many of the colours they have consumed. You could even record the results and have a look at the end of the week to see which was the best day,” says Matt.
“Don’t forget to make sure your daily food intake includes two serves of fruit and 5 serves of veggies – remember: 2 & 5 helps you thrive!”
Other ways to promote immunity include basic principles of a healthy lifestyle, such as:
Remember to stay in touch with friends, family and others in your network during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not alone in learning to adapt to this new way of living. If you need additional support, remember you can contact Lifeline 24 hours a day on 13 11 14. If you are concerned about your health, please contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). If you are in immediate danger, please call 000.