Eat well during coronavirus

Eating a variety of healthy foods is important for everyone’s overall health and wellbeing.  Whilst there is no specific food or supplement that can prevent you from catching Coronavirus, eating a well-balanced diet can help boost your immune system to fight infections if you’re healthy.

Vitamin D Coronavirus update

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.  These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.

 

Consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy.  This is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you’re indoors most of the day.

Good sources of vitamin D:

 

From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.  The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors.  But between October and early March we do not get enough vitamin D from sunlight. Read more about vitamin D and sunlight.

Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.  Sources include:

  • oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
  • red meat
  • liver
  • egg yolks
  • fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals

Another source of vitamin D is dietary supplements.

 

For more information on how to eat a balanced diet click on the Eatwell guide below:

eatwell guide

Take a look below at some of the ways that you can carry on eating healthily during this time:

Shopping hacks

am i actually hungry

stay hydrated

For further information and recipe ideas:

www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0520lz9/recipes

http://www.foodactive.org.uk/food-actives-top-tips-on-staying-healthy-and-active-during-physical-distancing/