Coronavirus: Food Safety And Nutrition

All of us are following safety protocols due to the spread of Coronavirus. We are staying home, limiting travels, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing. But nobody says too much about managing food and nutrition. In this article, we will try to discuss food safety and management amidst the global pandemic.

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How To Safely Grocery Shop

One of the great news during this pandemic situation is that most experts think that Coronavirus does not spread through food. But despite that, the virus lives on surfaces, which we might potentially get into contact with. Some of the possibilities of transferring the virus are from grabbing the boxes off of the shelf, holding the cart handle from the store, bagging the items, and paying through dollar bills. And because the virus can still live on surfaces, bringing it home from the store is incredibly high. So to reduce that risk, here are a few things we can do.

Shop Less Often – Shopping is essential because we need supplies in our daily lives. However, due to the fast spread of the virus, we must limit our contact with the public. Therefore, it would be much better to purchase at least two weeks’ worth of groceries at a time. And if possible, we should consider our groceries to get delivered. That way, we won’t have to expose ourselves to the crowd. If in case we need to go to the store for any reason, we can try and go early to avoid crowds. For unfortunate instances that we have a high-risk medical condition, it is better to ask a friend a favor to do the shopping for us.

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Practice Social Distancing – Grocery stores, though they are still essential during this pandemic time, are a place that can also expose people to the Coronavirus infection. That is because of the possible asymptomatic cases that are hard to detect. With that, it is vital to distance ourselves no matter what. If possible, we should stay 6 feet away from others. That is about the length of two shopping carts.

Never Touch The Face – No matter what happens, it is crucial not to touch the face while shopping. Since we probably have touched a lot of things in the grocery store, we should not put our hands anywhere our faces. If in case we need to scratch or remove something from it, we have to sanitize first and use a clean sanitizing tissue or wipes. Aside from that, we always need to wear a mask. But note, the mask must be placed in a position where it covers the whole area of the mouth and nose. Also, as soon as we can, we need to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. It goes before and after handling purchased items in the grocery store.

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Toss And Wash Items – Paper and plastic bags from the store should be tossed out in the garbage. If it is not a hassle, we need to take items out of the box they come in and discard the box after, such as cereals and others alike. For produce, we need to wash it thoroughly with water or produce cleaner. We need to avoid using chemicals or household cleaners on food.

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In the best of times, good hygiene is the key to avoiding infectious diseases. And right now, it is the most important thing we need to focus on. We have to do our best to shop safely so that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones at home.

 

COVID-19 – The Perks Of Exercising

For the past few weeks of staying at home during this pandemic crisis, some of us have already changed routines. Maybe some of us managed to clean our house and reorganize our stuff to prevent boredom. Of course, some spend time binge-watching some movies and TV shows as well together with families. Others may already finish working on a project that they left pending for a long time. But for some, I know they find an opportunity to practice health and wellness through doing regular exercise. In this article, we are going to look at some of the perks of exercise in both physical and mental aspects.

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Physical Benefits

Since studies show that the Coronavirus targets the immune system, particularly damaging the cardiovascular and respiratory functions, exercise becomes a great help for the organs’ improvement. Working on specific physical activities will strengthen the cardiac muscles that surround the heart and lungs. Therefore, it pumps a significant amount of blood value with each stroke, decreasing the possibility of a reduced heart rate. It also promotes the reduction of health risk factors. These include the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and even signs of the Coronavirus. People who are more active in physical activities also have a lower risk for breast and colon cancer. Thus, exercise has the potential to increase people’s chances of living healthier and longer.

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Exercising also helps in the circulation of red blood cells, which improves the flow of oxygen into the body’s lungs, making it stronger and better. It decreases the risk of physical malfunction by muscle strengthening and incorporating balance coordination. Thus, securing better and enhanced motor skills. Aside from that, exercising regularly supports an increased metabolic rate. Therefore, it allows the body to use enough energy to repair bones and muscles as well as replenish nutrient storages. But note, the metabolic rate depends on the intensity of the exercises and an individual’s current fitness level. Therefore, individuals must consider the type of physical activities they will do that will involve extreme running, bending, and jumping. And for the best part, exercise supports a natural way of weight loss management.

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Mental Benefits

In a pandemic time like this, where people are frequently anxious and stressed about the negativity everywhere, exercise becomes beneficial in a lot of ways. It helps increase an individual’s well-being and self-awareness. It promotes the growth of endorphins that boost natural brain immunity that helps reduce the perception of pain. Light to medium exercises can also improve mood, supports the gain of mental energy, and reduce stress and anxiety. It allows the brain to function on its full potential without the worry of strain and too much exhaustion. Aside from that, exercise secures better mental development that aids in balancing emotional discomforts.

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Another great advantage of exercise is its contribution to better night sleep. Research has shown that any regular physical activity can help individuals to get a faster and deeper sleep. And as frequent the body and mind experience the overall balance from exercising, it can support an improved sleep duration that allows total rejuvenation. Thus, when there is enough sleep, people can expect better brain function. These include enhanced memory, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, alertness, and concentration. Exercise can also reduce the signs of mental fatigue, which contributes to lower self-esteem. Thus, when regularly accomplished, it can boost confidence.

So for those people who haven’t tried exercising, you might want to take this pandemic situation as an opportunity to get physically active. Not only for the sake of physical fitness but also for mental and emotional stability.

From Geek And Fat To Fit And Hot

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I met Danny at the 2017 Spokane Conference in Washington, and we instantly connected. He was the big brother I never had, and with “geeks” like us, we find it hard to stay “friends” with people. It was harder for me back then because I was so obese, and I did not want to be sociable. I just kept to myself. It was such a blessing that I clicked with Danny, and I could say he is my best friend.

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Relationship Between Fast Food And Calorie Intake

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Men are found to have higher obesity rates when talking about developed countries, but in developing countries, women have higher rates.   Childhood obesity counted 18.5 percent representing different age group and ethnicity.  Overweight people comprising two-thirds of the population makes obesity and becoming overweight an epidemic in developing countries.

Advertisers lure us with images of a healthy and happy life spent running along the beach with the sun shining overhead, then heading home to eat our grapefruit and take our diet supplement. Unfortunately, the reality of long-term weight loss is a lot more complex and involves learning a new set of life skills. — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.

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Life’s Too Short, Why Deprive My Sweet Tooth

Sweets can make you fat.  Although sugar is said to be the prime source of energy for your body, having too much sugar in your diet can make you gain excess pounds.  For some not to increase weight, they try hard to wake up early and hit the gym before going to work or do their daily routine.  Some try to deprive themselves of their cravings, but it always doesn’t work that way.  Giving in to our sweet tooth leaves us often feeling remorseful and sometimes sad.

 

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Effect Of Fasting On Mental Health According To A Psychiatrist

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When I was a kid, my mother wouldn’t allow us to skip our meals.  She made sure that we took this matter seriously because she wanted us to have a sound and active mind, especially when in school.   Growing up with this discipline when it comes to eating, I gained too much weight and it has become a problem.    

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Top 4 Surprising Benefits Of Chocolates

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Are you a big fan of chocolates? If yes, then this article is definitely for you. Many people are probably reminding you that consuming chocolates can make you fat and unhealthy. They may have a point but only when you eat these sweet treats on a regular basis. However, if you incorporate chocolates in a balanced diet, then you are good to go. Surprisingly, your favorite chocolate bars have some health benefits. Here are the top advantages:

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