Lynsey Mentier is a naturopathic nutrition consultant, who treats people with chronic illnesses.
She runs the Tonic Health Academy and is sharing recipes and top tips online in a free group – Covid-19 Cocktail Party – and claims there’s a lot you can do to stay healthy during the Covid-19 crisis.
“People think this is out of your control,” she says, “but there is actually a lot you can do.
“In the midst of all this, what you eat is something you can control.
“Your body is amazing, it will start to respond immediately.
“Viruses are incredible in the way they’re designed, nothing much is going to stop you from getting coronavirus.
“But the main thing is strengthening your immune system, it will protect you more and allow you more power to fight off the virus, heal and recover if you do contract it.
“I understand it may be hard to buy certain foods right now, but there are so many options available still on a budget that are super healthy and really important to consider, especially if you or your family may not be able to get outside enough in the near future.”
Lynsey’s top tips
“If you can’t get fresh veg, frozen is great, it’s just as nutritious.
“Look for fruit and veg that’s full of Vitamin A, green red and orange colours.
“Specifically squash, sweet potatoes and parsley are all high in anti-virals.
“People turn to Vitamin C which is fantastic but A is specifically for the respiratory system.”
- Healthy alternatives for ‘bad’ foods.
“Of course you can have jam, but how about making defrosted mix of fruits with manuka honey.
“It is really good for mental health and depression, that people will be suffering with quite badly. It’s antiviral as well.
“There is no one thing you can do, but looking at diet and lifestyle as an all-round strategy is a good idea.
“If you can reduce your stress, it directly impacts on your immune system.
“It might feel a bit out there but meditate, get the candles on and create a lovely vibe in your home.
- Make your home a safe space
“It’s a stressful, panicky time.
“Don’t bring it into your home, leave it outside if you can.
“If you are releasing stress hormones it stops your immune system working properly.
“Stepping outside this whole bubble, making your home life a safe space is good.
“You might be spending far more time at home.
“Do exercise, yoga, anything that will release tension.
“Exercise with your kids, talking to family, it’s all about life enrichment.
“Kids feed off their parents, so be conscious of what they’re picking up.”
They are perfect for getting quick nutrition into your body. And use good pro-biotics, your immune system needs a healthy gut.”
A list of good probiotics includes yogurt, certain cheeses – among them cheddar, gouda, mozzarella and cottage cheese and pickles (guerkins).
Lynsey has set up a free Covid-19 group which is a “safe support place”, to share “as much free info about nutritionally superior foods and antiviral foods” here.
** Always check with your doctor before taking herbs and medications.