We’re living in an unprecedented time in history. Covid-19 has affected millions around the world and transformed the lives of many. Ever since the coronavirus spread worldwide in 2019, it led to many being stuck indoors for long periods of time and taking every precaution in the book to keep themselves safe from the virus.
However, it also led to many people questioning how well they took care of their outdoor and indoor safety. Particularly around the kitchen. Moreover, people being confined to their homes also meant spending more time in the kitchen cooking delectable meals for their families.
While the CDA and WHO have not seen any evidence that indicated the virus is foodborne, taking precautionary measures and eating the right food can go a long way in helping to keep your immunity strong and yourself, safe.
Therefore, in this article, we’ll be discussing some important food and kitchen safety tips to keep fit during the times of coronavirus.
1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Apart from social distancing, looking after your hygiene is another way to keep yourself protected and safe from the novel coronavirus. This can be done in numerous ways:
- Wash your hands before and after cooking your meal for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If you come in touch with raw meat, seafood, or eggs, it’s best to wash hands during cooking as well.
- Rinse fresh produce with a fresh produce brush or simply with running water. Remember not to wash fresh produce with bleach or other chemical substances.
- Use different cutting boards for fresh produce and raw meat. This prevents cross-contamination.
- Make sure the food you cook is cooked properly. Uncooked food can be contaminated with bacteria can cause food poisoning.
- Try home-cooked food: Remember WHO and CDA are still investigating whether or not the virus is foodborne. But opting for easy-to-cook and healthy food at home can help strengthen your immunity and also ensure essential precautionary measures.
- Keep the counters and sink clean and make sure to scrub them thoroughly before and after you cook a meal.
- Sponges in your kitchen are houses for bacteria. Soak them in warm water and keep them in the microwave for 30 seconds to ensure cleanliness.
- Lastly, since just one member of the household taking precautions doesn’t guarantee protection, make sure your family is also on board and follows all these steps strictly!
If you are overworked or sick, you can always call a professional cleaning company to your rescue! With COVID-19 rampant around the globe, many cleaning services are offering safe cleaning services in lines with WHO SOPs.
2. Keep Your Kitchen Safe
As Covid-19 ceased to spread around the world, many countries over the globe chose to impose lockdowns to control the spread. This has led to people spending almost all their day inside their homes. If you too have been spending most of your day in the kitchen trying different meals to kill time, make sure your kitchen is safe to use and cook.
This can be done by:
- Ensuring Gas Safety:
Ensure the gas appliances in your kitchen are safe for use for every member of your household by getting them inspected by a registered gas safe engineer. After the inspection process is done, the engineer will provide you an inspection report along with a gas safety certificate which keeps a record of the gas safety check.
This ensures the safety and also keeps you on the right side of the law. Remember, gas safety certificates are necessary for all residents of the UK.
- Avoid Overfilling Your Fridge
Overfilling your fridge leads to the temperature of the fridge rising which creates grounds for food poisoning bacteria to grow. If you think your fridge is more filled than usual, turn the temperature down and make some space to allow the air to circulate. A normal fridge temperature should be between 0 to 5°C.
3. Eat a Diet that Helps Boost Immunity
Remember that nothing except social distancing and hygiene tips can protect you against Covid-19. However, eating healthy and maintaining a strong immune system may help you fight the infection. Therefore, it’s best to have your greens and fruits to keep you active and healthy.
- Foods such as ginger, kiwi, pineapple, turmeric, broccoli, papaya strengthen your immune system and also keep your hair and skin healthy.
- Including turmeric in your diet can go a long way in helping you fight against a cold and cough as it contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidants.
- Ginger includes an anti-inflammatory gingerol in it. Along with a soothing effect on your body, it can also grant you relief from respiratory illness and help in building strong immunity.
4. Other Measures to Adapt During the Pandemic to Stay Fit
- Limit Your Alcohol Intake: Alcohol has several side effects that make it harmful to your health. But apart from those side effects, it also weakens your immune system and thus, makes it difficult for you to fight infectious diseases such as Covid-19. Therefore, avoid consuming alcohol as a preventative and treatment measure for Covid-19.
- Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated is one of the most important keys to staying healthy. Therefore, drinking 10 to 12 glasses of water a day instead of fizzy or sugary drinks can help you in staying healthy and also reduce your sugar and extra calories. To enhance the taste of drinking water, try adding lemon, cucumber, and rosemary into your water bottle.
The precautionary measures mentioned above don’t guarantee complete protection from Covid-19 but taking hygienic measures while also eating the right kind of food can limit the exposure to the virus and help you build a strong immunity to fight it. We hope you stay healthy, practice social distancing, and follow our tips to keep yourself as safe as possible!