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Discussion on health situation and preventive measures stresses on almonds
Monday, 02 November, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, as people around the world, and India in particular, adjust to the new concept of normal, Almond Board of California, hosted a session around ‘The importance of ensuring family health and nutrition amidst a pandemic’. The discussion focused on the current health situation in the country and highlighted preventive measures families can include within their daily diets and lifestyles. The session was moderated by RJShruthi from Radio One and included well known actress Janani, along with Madhuri Ruia, pilates expert and diet and nutrition consultant.

As several people continue to work from home and children attend virtual classes, a sudden shift has been noticed in the family routine which has further resulted in chaotic and inconsistent schedules. This includes a mix of erratic meals, higher screen time, lack of physical activity, anxiety, stress and an overreliance on snacking due to easy access and boredom.

Addressing these issues through the session, Janani and Ruia, focussed on three areas of health - proper nutrition and dietary habits, the need to incorporate regular exercise and the importance of self-care during these challenging times. Besides these, the guests also highlighted the importance of mindful snacking and urged families across the city to inculcate healthy snacking routines within their diets. Both guests also shared anecdotes and examples from their personal lives, as well as suggestions for dietary and lifestyle adjustments that families can make to better support their health, immunity and boost overall well-being.

Janani said, “As we all struggle to adapt to this new sense of normal, and a cure for the disease is still undetermined, I feel it’s important for me to practice adequate preventive measures to ensure my own as well as my family’s safety. You can do this too by incorporating regular exercise and including nutrient-rich and immunity supporting foods like almonds to the diet. Almonds are a source of zinc, which plays an important role in growth, development, and the maintenance of immune function. I make sure that my family and I eat a handful of almonds every day, and definitely recommend others do so as well for better health during this ongoing pandemic and otherwise.”

Awareness around good food choices, and snacking habits is key to leading a healthy lifestyle, especially now when the world around us is changing rapidly. Make sure to focus on consuming balanced and nutrient-rich diets including a handful of almonds, as they contain several nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, protein, riboflavin and zinc, which, in the long run will aid in overall health and well-being but besides this, it’s also pertinent to stay fit by incorporating some form of physical exercise to the routine, and also maintaining a positive attitude while adjusting to these unprecedented times.

Ruia said, “The current pandemic has highlighted more than ever, the need for proper nutrition amongst Indian families. Many Indians suffer from ailments such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and obesity, and in many cases these existing co-morbidities have led to fatalities in Covid-19 patients. Whether you are suffering from one of the aforementioned ailments, or are at risk, be sure to include nuts like almonds to your family and your daily diet as they are nutrient-rich and add to the body’s overall health. Additionally, almonds also contain copper, zinc, folate, iron and vitamin E, nutrients that are known to contribute in supporting the immune function. And years of scientific research has also established the benefits of daily almond consumption across heart health, diabetes and weight management. So, be sure to include almonds in your family’s and your diet everyday, for longer term health benefits.”

As several families spend most of their time at home during these times, it’s now more important than ever – to re-evaluate the family’s nutrition and lifestyle choices, and make the necessary revisions that can add value to every member’s heath. By making small dietary and lifestyle changes like incorporating nutritious foods including a handful of almonds everyday and exercising regularly, families across India can make a healthy difference to their lives and strengthen their immunity while talking relevant precautions to keep themselves safe from the ongoing outbreak.
 
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