Eat Well

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Eating a variety of healthy foods is important for everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. 

Whilst there is no specific food or supplement that can prevent you from catching Coronavirus, eating a well-balanced diet can help boost your immune system to fight infections if you’re healthy.

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.  These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.

Consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy.  This is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you’re indoors most of the day.

Good sources of vitamin D

From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors. But between October and early March we do not get enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Read more about vitamin D and sunlight.

Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. Sources include:

  • oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
  • red meat
  • liver
  • egg yolks
  • fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals

Another source of vitamin D is dietary supplements.

For more information on how to eat a balanced diet, view the Eatwell guide below:

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Take a look below at some of the ways that you can carry on eating healthily during this time:

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For further information and recipe ideas, visit the following websites:

NHS Eatwell

Change4Life recipes

NHS Eat Better

BBC recipes

Food Active