The past year brought a lot of perspective to our way of life. And spending much time at home to keep safe from the Covid-19 pandemic made quite a number of the population rethink their health and wellbeing. As such, people are making various efforts to improve personal hygiene, eating habits, and exercise routines. Regarding food culture and eating habits, people are more mindful of what they eat and have included functional nutritional supplements in their meals to boost their immune systems.
Eat right to stay healthy
As the famous Greek physician, Hippocrates, who is regarded by most as the father of medicine, is attributed to saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” What you eat affects your health and overall wellbeing. Eating well promotes a healthy body, while the opposite is also true. Having a healthy body ensures that it can fight off a host of ailments. So, your diet must reflect a good balance of all the nutrients needed to make you healthy. The substantial effects of Covid-19 have made people more conscious of what they eat—adding more foods that yield positive health-related results.
With the growing concern about proper dietary needs, food will no longer be consumed to satisfy cravings or hunger. With time, a lot of foods and drinks will be patronized for their additional health-related properties. According to Market Research, more than 50% of the respondents stated that they had begun to add supplements to their diets to boost their immune system. This is a clear reminder of how transient health can be, and adding immunity boosters that can improve a vibrant immune system is a good preventive measure against Covid-19.
The attention given to immune health remains a focus for the health and wellness industry. There is a growing interest in consumers about taking preventive measures by improving their immune system. The pressure is now on the food industry to develop products, and they will take a cue from the supplement industry to add the right nutrients. Some of these nutrients include selenium, Vitamins C & D, as well as zinc.
Alternative remedies have been with us for a long time, but over the past year, sales of alternative remedies have increased, and sales are projected to increase further. Top-selling herbals supplements include hempseed oil, turmeric, astragalus, elderberry, and echinacea, which are touted as immune system boosters.
Purpose-driven ingredients are projected to be the focus of the food industry shortly. Adding olive oil to provide optimal cardiac health and probiotics in tea to improve the digestive process are just a few examples. These products will be a welcome addition to the health and wellness industry and make waves and drive sales, but they will need to be backed by solid research. At the moment, there is no clear proof to show that supplements, foods, nutrients, or herbs can cure Covid-19.
Eating healthy is the basis of a healthy body and lifestyle. Keep your immune system in good condition that your body can effectively fight off any illness that poses a significant threat to your health.
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