Why eating healthy should be your focus now more than ever? – The Times of India Blog

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Shweta Mahadik is Clinical Dietitian, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan.
In the past 17 odd months, time and again we have been emphasizing the significance of a strong immune system. And for building the right kind of immunity, your diet and nutrition play an important role. So, eating a balanced diet is even more important given the COVID19 pandemic. Whatever we eat and drink can directly affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight & recover from infections.
While no single food or dietary supplement can prevent COVID19 infection, the inclusion of five food groups such as cereals, pulses & legumes, milk & milk products, fruits & veggies, and fats & oils in your regular diet is important for supporting the immune system. Good nutrition can also help to reduce the risk of developing other health problems, including Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and some types of Cancer.
Now, a nutritious and healthy diet is important for all age groups. For new-borns, a healthy diet means exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, with the introduction of nutritious and safe foods to complement breastmilk from age 6 months to 2 years & beyond. For young children, a balanced diet is essential for rapid growth and development. For older people, it can help to ensure healthier and more active lives.
TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY DIET: 
Finally, a healthy diet without regular exercise and activeness will not really help. Therefore, maintaining a balance between diet, exercise, work, play, and good sleep is paramount. Remember, your over well-being is critical to build a strong immune system. 
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Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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