1- DRINKING LOTS OF FRUIT JUICE
Many of us have made it a habit to consume plenty of fruit juice, with the thought that it strengthens our immunity. However, when we consume the fruits themselves, we get vitamins, minerals and pulp, while when we drink fruit juice, we get plenty of fructose sugar and excess calories instead of pulp. Since excess fructose increases blood sugar very quickly, it opens the doors of all chronic diseases, especially insulin resistance and diabetes, and also adversely affects immunity. For this reason, it would be a much better choice to consume 2-3 servings of fresh fruit a day instead of choosing freshly squeezed fruit juices to keep the immunity strong.
2- CONSUMPING LOTS OF BONE AND MEAT JUICE
One of the nutritional mistakes we make to strengthen our immunity is consuming too much bone and broth. While the consumption of bone and broth in moderate amounts has a beneficial effect on health, adding to almost every meal does not support immunity and increases cholesterol levels rapidly. Increasing cholesterol also invites many chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, keeping bone and broth consumption at minimum levels will be sufficient to support immunity in the pandemic.
3- EATING A LOT OF TEA AND COFFEE
Undoubtedly, the amount of tea and coffee drunk during the day increased considerably with the prolongation of stay at home. However, excessive caffeine taken into the body with excessive consumption; It adversely affects immunity by causing situations such as stress, nervousness and inability to sleep. Note that besides black tea and coffee, some herbal teas like green tea and matcha tea also contain high amounts of caffeine. Make sure to limit all caffeine-containing beverages to a maximum of 3 cups a day.
4- EATING TOO MUCH PICKLES
Perhaps the most common food we use to strengthen immunity during the pandemic period is pickles. Of course, it is good for intestinal health with its probiotic effect and helps to strengthen general immunity. However, there is a mostly forgotten fact about pickles, which is that it contains a lot of salt.
Exaggerating the consumption of pickles can lead to unnecessary salt intake and consequently, especially blood pressure and edema problems. Therefore, it will be sufficient for blood pressure, cardiovascular and kidney patients to keep the consumption of pickles at the minimum allowed by the physician, and for healthy people to consume moderate amounts for a few days a week will be sufficient to strengthen immunity.
5- SHOOTING AGAINST TELEVISION
Many factors such as the increase in the time we spend at home in the pandemic and the decrease in socialization and movement, on the contrary, led us to spend more time in front of the computer and television. At the same time, the amount of snacks we consume in front of the screen has increased considerably. The fact that the snacks were rich in carbohydrates and fat and inactivity caused weight gain. Moreover, snacks have high carbohydrate content; It causes blood sugar to remain constantly high and indirectly to negatively affect immunity. For this reason, reducing the consumption of packaged products and pastry products, restricting pastry foods, consuming fresh and dried fruits a total of 2-3 portions a day, and not consuming more than a handful of dried fruits a day will be the most important steps in achieving the balance.
6- MAKING A WRONG DIET
Factors such as inactivity and frequent boredom during the day, trying various sweet and pasty foods, increased appetite due to stress and anxiety accelerated the weight gain processes. As such, almost everyone was in a hurry to lose weight quickly. But beware! Wrong diets threaten our health. For example, restricted diets dominated by a single type of diet for weight loss lack nutrients to keep your immune system strong and reduce our strength against diseases. For this reason, do not forget to consult a dietician in order to lose weight and stay healthy while losing weight with a program in which carbohydrates, protein, fat and vitamins-minerals are balanced.