Nutrition is extremely important for the immune system, and lacking certain vitamins and nutrients and substituting them with sugary, non-nutritious food can cause it to crash.
So, eat more fruits and vegetables that are filled with vitamins A, B6, C and E and things such folic acid and copper.
Protect yourself from C-19 coronavirus
As scientists work to understand the virus and how to best address it, there are established truths that people cannot take for granted when it comes to protecting their health in the future.
A Key Truth: The quality of food is essential to the quality of health.
The food choices people make daily have a huge long-term impact on virtually every aspect of their well-being. And, as medical professionals track the disease, it has become clear just how much that matters in chaotic times like these.
About 50% of the people who have been hospitalized with the new virus are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says those individuals who are obese are at “higher risk for severe illness” from C-19.
Obesity is a diet-driven condition that contributes to many serious health problems.
Being overweight is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, for instance. So, it is not surprising that the CDC found, along with the 48% of the C-19 victims who are obese, 28% of those hospitalized with the virus have diabetes.
Young people who are obese are very much at risk and that overall obesity may be “one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness.” That is no small matter in a nation where about 70% of adults and 33% of children and youth are obese.
The findings are very frightening for Blacks and Hispanics, who account for a disproportionate amount of obesity in the US and make up a disproportionate share of C-19 deaths.
As the casualties rise it is important to know that there are many complex factors fueling obesity in the Black society. Some are easily addressed, such as the daily drumbeat of aggressive junk food marketing aimed directly at them.
University of San Diego professor Aarti Ivanic studies the relationship of race and food marketing. He finds that many companies target their advertising of unhealthy fast food and junk food to Black and Hispanic populations while promoting more healthy food choices to White consumers.
Her work is supported by a report released last year by the Council on Black Health and the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity that found restaurants, food, and beverage companies often target Black and Hispanic consumers for their least nutritious products, primarily fast-food, candy, sugary drinks, and snacks.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has recognized the dangers of this targeted marketing and has warned that that junk food advertising is so detrimental to the health of all young people, Black and Hispanic youth in particular that it should be sharply limited.
Jennifer Harris, senior research advisor at the Rudd Center, told EHN these companies targeting youth in Black and Hispanic communities with their junk food advertising should be held responsible for “putting their profits over young people’s health, and even their lives.”
“Folks in the public health nutrition world are hopeful that this pandemic shines a spotlight on the tragic consequences of the health disparities created by inequalities in our food systems,” she said.
The Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health issued guidance saying it is “imperative for governments to promote policy and environmental changes that make healthy foods more accessible and decrease the availability and marketing of unhealthful foods.”
It should not take an medical emergency to cure Americans of their complacency on this food issue. As it is no secret that diet-related chronic disease has been on the rise in this country for decades and now impacts about 50% of all American adults, or more than 100-M people, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The death march of this disease through our nation’s chronically ill population should be a wake-up call for all Americans.
Food quality, food access, food marketing and food choices are not casual concerns. They are proving to be matters of life and death.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively and longer!