Tips for staying healthy during pandemic

Good Morning CT at Nine

(WTNH)– As we prepare our summer plans, there are still some of us having a hard time with the changes with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sleep, diet and fluids will get you started on the road to where you want to be. 

Registered Dietitian Pat Baird has a few simple tips to follow to feel better now:

Focus on sleep

  • National Institutes of Health cites stress as a factor in sleep deprivation.
  • Set up a new schedule: time to wind down before bedtime, when to go to bed, when to wake up, time for meals, and exercise.
  • Cover digital clocks and cable boxes that disrupt sleep patterns, wear a sleep mask, and meditate to prepare for sleep.

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains help maintain stable blood sugar levels

  • More than 75 percent of Americans don’t eat the recommended amounts the of fruits and veggies.
  • These foods provide vitamins, minerals and fiber for health and energy; that supports the immune system which is more important than ever.
  • Give your health an extra boost with legumes like beans, peas, lentils.
  • Legumes pair well with whole grains and are an excellent source of protein and iron.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

  • Hydration has a host of health benefits; heated homes dehydrate us as does too little fluid intake.
  • Dehydration actually shrinks the brain making us unfocused and out of sorts.
  • Men should have 13 glasses of fluid per day and women should have 9 glasses of fluid per day.
  • Water from foods like fruits, veggies, meat counts.

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