Given the fact that we are immersed in a global health pandemic that seems to worsen by the day, it might not be ideal to think about the future. But health experts are warning against a second wave of the novel coronavirus.
Getting ready is not a bad idea.
And how do you do that? By looking at what kind of trends are currently emerging.
On the surface, it appears that New York is the continental epicenter for COVID-19. But looking a little closer, New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are faring far worse. On a per-capita basis, the disease is seven times more deadly in the Big Easy than the City that Never Sleeps.
Why? Because, for lack of a better description, New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana, is a much unhealthier place. People in New Orleans suffer from conditions like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension at a much higher rate than New York or the national average.
This makes a big difference in the battle against COVID-19. Doctors have identified that individuals with poor health are more likely to experience a severe case of the condition.
Records indicate that 97% of COVID-related deaths in New Orleans were in people with one of the previously mentioned pre-existing conditions. If you want to get a jump on the next wave or reduce the risk of falling severely ill in the coming weeks, there are options.
Managing obesity-related conditions that tax your immune system might be an essential component of risk reduction. Although these measures will not inoculate you from the condition, they may help reduce its severity if you do contract the virus.
Deep-fried, fatty, and high sugar foods promote weight gain, inflammation, and obesity-related conditions that boost the risk of COVID. Including more nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is a starting point.
Aiming for four or five servings of vegetables, and another two or three of fruit, might help boost immunity and limit inflammation. These foods can also help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
Swapping refined grains for fiber-rich whole grains is also worthwhile. High-fiber whole grains can be more filling and keep you feeling full for longer, potentially helping you to eat less both at mealtimes and during the day. They also help regulate blood sugar.
Eating protein at each meal, particularly with breakfast, can also help regulate appetite throughout the day to encourage more controlled eating.
Looking to cook with healthy fats like extra-virgin olive oil may also help to promote heart health and lower inflammation. Including avocado, salmon, and nuts are other ways to boost healthy fat consumption.
The healthier you are, the better prepared you might be to face the novel coronavirus. Getting control of risk factors today may provide major assistance in the coming months.