By: Dr. Omar Dary
Important to Recognize:
- Respiratory capacity might be reduced if breathing demand is not maintained or smoking continues, and hence both situations may increase vulnerability to worsening symptoms of acute respiratory infections;
- Physical exercise, and therefore energy requirement, is reduced under this circumstance, and hence overweight and obesity may become worse; and
- To be socially isolated and at home does not mean to be all day under a roof and so avoiding to receive the benefit of solar light and clean air.
Therefore, Keep Attention To:
- Several times a day practice breathing exercises with deep and long inhalation and exhalation times.
- Stop smoking or decrease the number of cigarettes per day.
- Practice every day at least 30 minutes physical activity (dancing, jumping, marching in the same place) to accelerate breathing and cardiac rates. Do not forget to include your children.
- If you are not underweight, reduce your intake of all types of foods. However, eat with priority eggs, fish, poultry, dairy products fortified especially if fortified with vitamins A and D, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legume seeds (for example beans, chickpeas, lentils), and almonds and nuts.
- Avoid consumption of foods that rich in energy, sugar, starch, saturated fats, and salt, such as soft-drinks, white-bread, candies, pastries, cookies, cakes, ice creams, snacks, read meats, animal skin and fats, and the like.
- Drink plenty of water, which does not need to be in bottle but simply filtered or boiled.
- Go outside as it is possible to expose your skin to soft sun light for around 30 minutes a day.