Healthy diet can beat virus

Daily Express - - NEWS - By David Pilditch ●

A LEAD­ING car­di­ol­o­gist said un­healthy Bri­tons could mas­sively boost their chances of sur­viv­ing coro­n­avirus in just three weeks by mak­ing sim­ple life­style changes.

Dr Aseem Mal­ho­tra in­sisted the key to fight­ing the virus is to im­prove the body’s im­mune sys­tem to re­duce the risk of de­vel­op­ing se­vere symp­toms.

Life­style

Life­style changes that help pro­duce “re­mark­able re­sults” in just 21 days in­clude reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, im­proved sleep habits and stress man­age­ment, he said.

But the most im­por­tant fac­tor is chang­ing to a nu­tri­tional diet with­out “ul­tra-pro­cessed food”.

This in­cludes ready meals and meat products as well as pies, cakes and crisps but can also in­clude foods that are mar­keted as be­ing healthy.

Dr Mal­ho­tra also called on min­is­ters to in­tro­duce a junk food tax along with a range of mea­sures sim­i­lar to those used to crack­down on the to­bacco in­dus­try to tackle the cri­sis.

The car­di­ol­o­gist set out his strat­egy for fight­ing back against Covid-19 in a new book called The 21 Day Im­mu­nity Plan.

He has hailed a healthy life­style as “the best vac­cine to pro­tect the NHS against a sec­ond wave of coro­n­avirus”.

The Lon­don-based con­sul­tant, who is a pro­fes­sor of ev­i­denced­based medicine, was in­spired to write the book by Boris John­son’s life-threat­en­ing bat­tle with the virus.

He has been ad­vis­ing Health

Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock since high­light­ing the link be­tween be­ing over­weight and de­vel­op­ing se­vere symp­toms when Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son was struck down by the virus in April.

Vul­ner­a­ble

Dr Mal­ho­tra said: “What Covid-19 has done is ex­pose ar­eas in our health sys­tems and per­sonal well­be­ing that have long been ne­glected, and which have made us more vul­ner­a­ble to such a par­tic­u­larly per­ni­cious virus.The mes­sage... which the Gov­ern­ment should have been en­cour­ag­ing for years is: ‘Eat real food, pro­tect the NHS, save lives’.”

The 21 Day Im­mu­nity Plan is out now pub­lished byYel­low Kite, £8.99.

Sim­ple steps...Dr Mal­ho­tra and, in­set, his book

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