date of publication:
June 13, 2021 15:58 GMT
Update date: June 13, 2021 17:45 GMT
Several studies have revealed that the virus enters intestinal cells and respiratory cells using the angiotensin II (ACE-2) protein as a receptor, triggering the release of cytokines, which are small proteins that cause inflammation and stomach problems.
Doctors have warned that the virus may disrupt the functioning of the digestive system, and can cause major problems such as bleeding in the digestive system or destroy intestinal tissue and reduce its motility.
Given the seriousness of the matter, it is necessary to know the tips that must be followed to improve gut health in patients with the “Corona” virus:
follow a healthy diet
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids not only helps improve immune health, but also has anti-inflammatory properties that aid recovery after infection with the virus. Flaxseeds, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and seafood are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Eat sources of zinc
Nuts and seafood contain zinc and selenium, which have been shown to be effective in recovery after infection with the virus.
Pay attention to proteins
“Protein” is the main component of recovery from the virus, and an adequate amount of proteins must be eaten; Including milk and dairy products, legumes, soybeans, chicken, fish and eggs.
Stay away from sugar and salt
Extreme caution should be exercised when using salt and sugar in food; Where they work to weaken the immune response; This increases the risk of infection.
Attention should be paid to including fiber in the diet, eating on time, avoiding late-night meals, not overeating, and refraining from smoking and alcohol.
Be sure to drink at least two or three liters of water per day; This helps in the absorption of nutrients and the maintenance of good gut health.
Pay attention to probiotics
Probiotics and vitamin supplements should be taken, as this helps maintain a healthy gut by promoting good immunity and enhancing the absorption of nutrients, and adequate intake of probiotics eliminates acidity and other problems related to digestion.