How to deal with post-covid fatigue - tips and tricks from the diet experts

How to deal with post-covid fatigue – tips and tricks from the diet experts

Fatigue after the virus or after COVID is a common problem. After most infections or any disease, doctors advise patients to rest and recover. During the infection stage, our bodies do battle with the invading organism. Symptoms that may occur include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. Once the battle is won, the body then begins to repair itself and build up what it lost. However, since this takes some time, symptoms associated with weakness will appear. Common symptoms include general weakness, tiredness, fatigue with minimal physical/mental activity, decreased memory/concentration, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, and in some cases blood pressure and heart rate changes. These symptoms are collectively referred to as Post COVID ASTHENIA.

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Here are some diet tips and tricks for dealing with post-COVID fatigue:

1. Nourish your body: We all know that food is the best medicine for weakness. After being infected with coronavirus, appetite may not be good, so try to eat frequent small meals instead of large ones.

Eat a lot of fruit because it gives sugar, electrolytes and fluids that keep the body hydrated. Plus, vitamins and minerals help the body heal and get a weakened immune system back into shape.

Eat enough carbohydrates. They are the best source of energy for your body. While complex carbohydrates are usually recommended, simple carbohydrates will be most beneficial at this point as the body will have to make as little effort as possible to get energy. Rice, bread, and potatoes can be used to make delicious foods that are easy to digest and assimilate.

Proteins are the building blocks of our body, cells, and immune system. Eating adequate proteins is essential to regain your strength. If dals, chicken, and eggs don’t appeal to you, try a piece of plain tea cake, or some dal soup. Fermented dairy products such as yoghurt and dahi help recolonize the gut and aid in digestion and the taste of the mouth.

Fluids: Instead of plain water, have electrolyte-rich drinks like coconut water, fresh lemon water, chas, ambna, wicker sherbet, and juices. A little extra sugar wouldn’t be a bad idea, but too much of it can cause bloating and gas. Diabetics can opt for coconut water, lemon water, and diluted apple juice.

Nuts and seeds provide plenty in small amounts. Soak some almonds and chew throughout the day. You can eat some sugar-free energy bars made with nuts and dates. Nuts are naturally rich in healthy oils and phytochemicals, provide plenty of energy in small amounts and help scavenge free radicals which reduces signs of inflammation.

2. Move: Don’t exercise right away but start with some physical movements such as gentle stretching and light walks. This will help you restore our balance and also help the muscles get back into shape after a long period of bed rest.

3. Sleep is important, listen to your body and close your eyes when the body demands it. Helps the body recover faster. Fighting sleep will cause stress at this point.

4. Relaxing the mind is also important. Listen to music or meditate. Read a book or watch your favorite movie. It will help you recover.

Spread an infection like COVID, you need some time to get back to its highest levels. Don’t rush, listen to your body and gently ease it back to normal!

Disclaimer: This content including tips provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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