Proteins to Protect the Elderly Against Covid-19

In the current situation, all countries of the world are involved in the corona pandemic. The disease, which has spread across the globe since the end of 2019, has had many victims. COVID-19 patients experience side effects even after recovery and have to deal with various problems caused by the disease. But what foods should you eat to protect yourself against COVID-19? Among the various people in the community, the elderly are more at risk than others. People over 65 suffer more from this disease due to underlying conditions and weakened immune systems. Therefore, it is necessary to take appropriate measures to prevent coronavirus infection. In this article of Living Maples Mag, we will introduce some protein sources to protect you against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus and the Elderly Immune System

Corona weakens a person’s physical strength by directly affecting the immune system and usually deprives him of proper functioning. These people generally show exposure to the virus in different ways, which eventually weakens the body and the immune system. Underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or factors such as malnutrition can increase the risk of developing COVID-19.

Due to underlying conditions and weakened immune systems, the elderly are more exposed to the disease. For this reason, it is necessary to quarantine and observe health protocols in these people more seriously. Proper nutrition is one of the best ways to control and prevent coronavirus, especially in the elderly. For this reason, using these simple strategies can reduce the risk of various diseases, including coronavirus, especially in the elderly.

Read More: Taking Care of the Elderly to Avoid COVID-19

Food to Prevent Coronavirus

The importance of nutrition is evident for everyone. Having a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition can protect a person from many diseases. Many doctors recommend that people eat well in the corona pandemic and get plenty of nutrients and protein. The elderly, as one of the high-risk groups in society, should pay more attention to their nutrition.

A senior woman making food with the help of her granddaughter

Onion is one of the vegetables rich in vitamin C. You can use raw onion with food and benefit from its vitamins. Fruits rich in antioxidants are another option that protects you from various diseases such as COVID-19. Pomegranate, grapefruit, and orange are among the best antioxidant choices. Watery foods such as soups and stews can help you fight off various viruses, including the coronavirus.

Iron and zinc can effectively boost your immune system. The effect of these two elements is very significant. If the body is deficient in them, you can see their negative impact on the immune system. That’s why you should eat foods rich in iron and zinc during the corona pandemic. These foods include legumes, milk, dairy products, meats, vegetables such as spinach and nuts. In addition to iron and zinc, beans also contain vitamin C, which can be very beneficial to boost your immune system.

In addition to using healthy foods, you should pay attention to the fact that you should avoid eating many foods and snacks during this period. Consumption of sausages and fast foods, in general, can have harmful effects on your health and prevent the entry of nutrients into your body. It is also recommended not to eat foods that are not cooked well. Nutrition has a profound effect on your health. For this reason, doctors recommend that people, especially the elderly, pay more attention to their diet and lifestyle.

Protein Sources to Prevent COVID-19

According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, most older people are deficient in protein. This lack of protein can lead to more severe problems and diseases. That’s why you need to get the protein your body requires from various foods. We should prevent high cholesterol and fat from entering our bodies in old age. For this reason, to get the required protein, we can use low-fat meats, fish, chicken, low-fat dairy, egg whites, and so on. Due to its omega-3 and vitamin D content, fish can also be considered an excellent food to strengthen the immune system.

a group of foods to eat during Covid-19 pandemic

In addition to animal protein sources, the elderly can also use plant sources to provide the protein they need. The best example of a plant source of protein is legumes. If legumes are eaten with grains, they will significantly meet the elderly’s need for protein. Older adults can avoid coronavirus to a large extent by consuming protein-rich foods. In case of infection, they can shorten their treatment period with proper nutrition and health tips. So eating beans is one way to stay safe from the corona.

Read More: How does COVID-19 Influence the Lives of Seniors?

The Effects of Drinking Fluids

Everyone needs to drink the right amount of fluids throughout the day. The elderly, despite their various illnesses and problems, better understand the importance of fluid intake. Consuming as much water as possible can prevent many problems in the body of any person. Coronavirus is also one of the diseases that fluids can fight against to a great extent. Therefore, it is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids to protect yourself from the coronavirus. These liquids can be water, juice, tea, etc. Foods such as soups and stews are also good choices.

a cup of green tea

Fluids, especially hot liquids, can kill viruses. In general, viruses such as coronavirus are killed by high temperatures. Contrary to popular belief that freezing food can kill viruses, the cold is one way the virus survives. That’s why many doctors recommend eating hot foods that are fully cooked. In this regard, hot liquids can kill viruses and reduce the risk of COVID-19 for seniors.

Replacing wet and liquid foods with high-fat and high-fat foods can help keep you healthy against various viruses. Consumption of sugary and sweet substances can also increase the risk of multiple diseases such as COVID-19 by weakening the immune system. Therefore, it is advisable to drink teas, hot beverages, and natural juices instead of fizzy drinks and unnatural juices during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, you can use fruits that have different vitamins, such as vitamin C, to keep your body safe and healthy against various diseases.

Coronavirus and Seniors

All people need care and adherence to health protocols in a corona pandemic. One of the most important points is using a mask and washing your hands regularly. Although it has been almost a year since the coronavirus outbreak, the best way to stay safe from the disease is to stay home and strengthen your immune system. Some seniors do not have the opportunity to stay at home and work remotely due to their job and profession. But most elderly need less to get out of the house. For this reason, it is recommended that these people go out less due to underlying diseases and weaker immune systems.

a senior woman with a mask to protect herself against Covid-19 pandemic

The elderly over the age of 80 are usually advised to rest in a room away from the rest of the family. Unfortunately, despite observing quarantine correctly, many seniors still have poor immune systems in the face of other people in the home.

Unfortunately, coronavirus can affect many parts of the body. These side effects have a broader range in the elderly. Some of these complications may pose more severe risks to the individual. For example, the formation of blood clots in the heart and brain is one of the most dangerous of these complications. Many older people struggle with cardiovascular problems. The virus has aggravated their problems by affecting their heart and blood vessels.

On the other hand, one of the underlying diseases that the elderly often face is diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most important causes of coronavirus infection in most people. It also makes COVID-19 disease worse.

Read More: The Elderly with Diabetes and How to Prevent It?

Final Words

The coronavirus has been spreading worldwide since the end of 2019 and has claimed many lives to this day. Statistics show that many sufferers have improved over time, but the side effects are still with them for a long time. The elderly are more at risk than other groups and need more care.

A healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, and proper food intake are the best ways to prevent COVID-19. Seniors with underlying disorders should be more careful than others. Using protein sources can be one of the best ways to boost your immune system and protect yourself from this disease. It would help if you tried to get enough protein, vitamins, and fluids to stay safe against the coronavirus in your weekly diet.

Source timesofindia.indiatimes.com ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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Liam
Liam
3 months ago

Protein supplement is basically a processed food and short term use of it is good for sports and athletes, but in my opinion otherwise unwise, particularly in times of covid!
Also, highly dense protein like whey protein stresses kidneys and organs… so… not that good for folks my age.
These things are just duped with steroids, believe me!
Milk, soy milk, eggs, cottage cheese, lentils…add these wonders to your diet and you are good to go!

Mia
Mia
Reply to  Liam
3 months ago

Get your facts right before commenting sir! Whey protein strengthens the telomeres of cells. The telomere projects the blueprint for the cell that will replace the cell that dies. The closer the new cell is to the old without deviation prevents aging and disease like covid. Simple as that!!
Please google “LifeExtension”, one of the top supplement companies, to read the scientific studies on the benefits of whey protein! Whey protein has also been found to inhibit cancer! If you are commenting, it means you have a decent internet connection! Use it and fact-check the stuff you write, please!!

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Mia
3 months ago

You either weren’t doing so well writing this comment, or you’re just inherently an outraged person. Plus, for someone who insists on checking facts, may I say that your facts are not so “straight” as well. Whey protein can lead to digestive problems and not just for lactose-intolerant people. Also, unintelligent use of any protein supplement can lead to kidney problems. Furthermore, many supplements tested by the clean label project contained heavy metals that can be dangerous. So it’s a wise choice not to go crazy with your precious whey protein. It’s called being “a smart and cautious consumer.” 

john
john
3 months ago

Unfortunately, the covid 19 pandemic is a massive challenge worldwide, and everyone is trying to raise their level of awareness against this virus. Thanks for this helpful article because of the beneficial details. The most crucial issue is improving our immune system, and proteins and antioxidants are one of the best sources, especially for older people. As a person who is 65 years old, I think that fresh vegetables that contain vitamin c and low-fat meats are an excellent option for us.

Ella
Ella
Reply to  john
3 months ago

I agree with you somehow, but I believe that seafood is one of the best and most healthy protein sources for the elderly. We should consider that the role of vitamin D is so essential for our bodies, especially for the elderly. My mother’s doctor always tells her that you should eat some foods rich in vitamin d or take supplements to help you gain the amount you need.

tracey
tracey
3 months ago

In my opinion, healthy eating is essential not for the elderly but for everyone. I prefer to eat different types of food rich in nutrition like eggs, yogurt, vegetables and sometimes lean meat, which is excellent for protein sources of the body.

Steven
Steven
Reply to  tracey
3 months ago

Of course, a healthy diet is essential for everyone. But I think the point of this article is since seniors are a bit more sensitive healthwise and at more risk because of the coronavirus, they need to be extra cautious, so it is a more critical matter for them.

Natalie
Natalie
Reply to  Steven
2 months ago

Yes, it’s partly because they’re more vulnerable to this virus but also because their diet differs from the young, and they can’t have much freedom in their choice of food items. Also, as you age, your body is less likely to absorb micronutrients from foods naturally, and they should take supplements.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

The role of Vitamin D on the immune system is now proved to be undeniable. So it’d be best to sit in the sun for 15 min daily and consume foods rich in vitamin D, such as eggs and fish. But in consuming these foods, consider your health conditions and the amount you’re allowed.

Natalie
Natalie
2 months ago

Though consuming protein-rich foods is highly advisable, boosting the immune system isn’t only confined to nutrition. It’s promoted via having regular physical exercises as well as quality night sleep. So only focusing on nutrition may be misleading.

Natalie
Natalie
2 months ago

Really informative! But the question that crosses my mind is the amount of these sources. For example, how much fish is good enough for a senior in a week? or it says the right amount of fluids, but how much is the right amount? It would be more helpful if the essay gave a hint on the recommended amount.

Sasha
Sasha
1 month ago

Though protein-rich foods indeed have a vital role in boosting the immune system, in my experience, garlic is really magic. Some are allergic to garlic, but just try it if you’re not allergic or can stand the smell.

James
James
14 days ago

How could a vegan person could use protein to protect against covid 19