Beware of the cold: Tips to avoid getting sick

My friend, the photographer Gary, came to the restaurant for his soup of mussels with potato and chopped coriander, fried fish with rice and, to drink, lemonade. “Maria, the cold is unbearable. At night I have to take out a double blanket to keep warm. And entering the shower is terrifying, especially for those who do not have a bath.

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The most vulnerable are children and the elderly who have low defenses. You have to be careful with them and keep them very warm, especially when they go out. The mommies have to vary the menu a bit.

You have to make foods with more calories, such as chicken broths, soups and pasta. You have to avoid frozen drinks, it won’t give them bronchopneumonia.

Don’t forget about the coronavirus that hasn’t left us yet. Yesterday I heard on the radio that in Trujillo alone there were two deaths from coronavirus and there are more than a thousand infected.

Don’t listen to that congressman who says that with two doses he’s fine. We must listen to the health authorities. The vaccine prevented millions of people from dying in the world.

In the case of Lima, the cold comes with humidity. I don’t even want to think about what the children who live in the so-called ‘Ticlio Chico’ must be going through, in Villa María del Triunfo, where the humidity reaches 100 percent and the temperature is the same as the North Pole.

This Monday many schoolchildren return to classes after the holidays for national holidays. They already know that in lunch boxes they should send high-calorie foods, such as chocolate, cookies, hard-boiled eggs or meat. Also forcing them to wear thicker coats and neglecting fashion. First is health. Here are some tips to prevent children and the elderly from getting sick:

  • Eat a lot of fish. Especially those with blue skin provide proteins and Omega-3 to the body. They protect the lungs from respiratory infections by synthesizing antibodies.
  • Include citrus fruits in the diet, as they are very rich in vitamin C, which helps slow down the progress of a cold. The orange, tangerine and lemon should not be missing.
  • Eggs are a wild card in the kitchen, do not hesitate to prepare them a couple of times a week. An egg contains almost 7 grams of protein, but it also provides the body with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6 and B12, selenium and zinc, essential for keeping the immune system strong.
  • Yogurts have live cultures that help the immune system prevent bad bacteria from progressing within the body.
  • Dark leafy vegetables to reduce the time of illness. Most of us think of orange juice for vitamin C. But spinach, cabbage, lettuce, and broccoli have more vitamin C than citrus.” Good advice from Gary. I’m leaving, take care.

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