The Holiday Season & Covid-19: Stay Safe While Having Fun
Dec 22, 2022
It’s that time of the year again. The holiday joy is in the air, and everyone is busy planning holidays or gathering with friends and family. However, in the middle of the celebrations, the new Covid variation has raised its ugly head, increasing the number of cases throughout the globe. Additionally, there is uncertainty regarding whether this new variety will be more infectious or severe than existing variants. It must also be determined if the Covid-19 vaccinations already in use will protect against it.
It is essential that we take better care of our health than ever before as we wait for additional information regarding the new variation to become available. Keep in mind that overcoming life’s challenges is possible when you are in good health. Here’s how to start the New Year off strong and in charge of your health.
Get yourself tested!
We frequently experience extreme fatigue or are easily exhausted by routine work. We tend to assume that exhaustion is brought on by not getting enough sleep, being under a lot of stress, or even not eating adequately. But it seldom occurs to us that we may be lacking in some trace elements or that we might be suffering from a medical ailment that is contributing to our constant fatigue.
In order to fully understand our health situation, being tested for numerous deficiencies and medical disorders is a need. Early detection makes treating these issues much simpler. Keep an eye out for these typical flaws and note the related tests that are performed to catch them.
Iron deficiency, often known as anemia, is one of the most prevalent deficiencies of all time and reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen (haemoglobin). Breathlessness, exhaustion, and weariness may result from this.
Take a test: A complete blood count (CBC) might be useful in identifying an iron shortage.
Foods to eat: Talking to your doctor about your deficiency and including beetroot, dates, and dark green spinach into your diet might be helpful.
Vitamin B6 and B12 deficiency
Light-headedness, tingling in the hands and feet, sores in the mouth, and skin rashes are a few signs of vitamin B6 insufficiency. A lack of vitamin B12 can cause exhaustion, lethargy, pale complexion, and visual issues.
Take a test: You must have a vitamin B complex profile test in order to identify these deficits. If left untreated, vitamin B deficits can lead to significant cardiovascular and neurological conditions.
Foods to eat: After consulting your doctor, begin integrating nutritious foods like fish, clams, yoghurt, milk, chicken, liver, etc. in your diet.
Vitamin K deficiency
Internal haemorrhages, easy skin shredding and bleeding, nosebleeds, bloody vomits owing to internal bleeding, etc. can all result from vitamin K deficiency.
Take a test: The diagnostic facility will often perform the Prothrombin time (PT) test to measure how long it takes for your blood to clot in order to identify this issue.
Foods to eat: Consult your doctor if you have a vitamin K deficit, and then start eating foods high in potassium, such as bananas, tomatoes, shallots, eggs, green vegetables, etc.
Symptoms such as discomfort in the arms, limbs, and body muscles while moving, frequent cramps and spasms in the muscles, and numbness or a tingling feeling in the arms and limbs can be used to distinguish between calcium insufficiency and hypoglycaemia.
Take a test: Your doctor may ask you to submit to a calcium blood test if they have a suspicion that you may be lacking in calcium.
Foods to eat:Try using cheese, yoghurt, sardines, cereals, milk, and other foods in your diet to help your condition along with appropriate medication.
Iodine is necessary for the thyroid gland to operate properly. Iodine shortage can manifest as symptoms like extreme exhaustion, weight loss that happens suddenly, high cholesterol levels, swollen face, etc.
Take a test: If an iodine shortage is detected, your doctor may ask you to submit to a thyroid hormone, urine, and blood test for iodine. Iodine shortage must be treated right away because it immediately affects the thyroid, heart, and liver.
Foods to eat: Iodine-fortified salt, codfish, eggs, shrimp, baked potatoes, beans, milk, etc are some examples of foods high in iodine.
Vitamin D deficiency
Some signs of a Vitamin D shortage include weariness, mood fluctuations, weak muscles, and discomfort in the bones.
Take a test: If your doctor thinks you may be lacking in vitamin D, they may suggest a blood test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D. The doctor can begin the therapy as soon as it is discovered.
Foods to eat: Foods like cheese, milk, eggs, tuna, yoghurt, and mushrooms may be beneficial for those who lack vitamin D. Vitamin D production depends significantly on natural sunshine.
Cramps, tremors, twitches, weakness, lack of appetite, numbness, and tingling in the muscles are all signs of magnesium shortage. Seizures, behavioural problems, and altered heart rhythms can all result from severe insufficiency.
Take a test: Your doctor may suggest you to take a magnesium deficiency test before beginning the proper course of therapy if you have a magnesium shortage or hypomagnesemia.
Foods to eat: By receiving therapy and increasing the amount of magnesium-rich foods in your diet, such as pumpkin, almonds, spinach, cocoa, flaxseeds, cheese, etc., your magnesium levels can be raised.
Vitamin A deficiency
Skin rashes or recurrent skin infections may result from a vitamin A deficiency. Additionally, it is well known for producing ocular issues like dry eyes and night blindness.
Take a test: To better understand a vitamin A deficit, your doctor may ask you to submit to a Vitamin A test as well as various antibody testing.
Foods to eat: Broccoli, spinach, papaya, carrots, black-eyed peas, cod liver oil, and spinach are some foods high in vitamin A.
Zinc deficiency can cause symptoms such as anorexia, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, sluggish wound healing, decreased growth, weakened immunity, and immature sexual development.
Take a test: If your doctor thinks you may be deficient in zinc, they may recommend a blood or urine test, or maybe both. Since zinc is a trace element, it is crucial to monitor its levels.
Foods to eat: If you have a zinc deficiency, try eating some foods that contain zinc, such almonds, oysters, crabs, yoghurt, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, and mushrooms.
Vitamin C deficiency
Scurvy is a disorder that develops when vitamin C levels are consistently low. Gum bleeding, easily bruised skin, red bumpy skin, exhaustion, and muscular ache are a few of the symptoms.
Take a test: A blood test is required to determine your vitamin C levels in order to identify a vitamin C deficit.
Foods to eat: Food high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, Brussel sprouts, grapefruit, and peppers, can help treat vitamin C insufficiency.
Keep in mind the saying that “health is the real wealth” and that it must always be preserved and promoted. Be mindful what you do, and by being tested and immunised for deficiencies and illnesses, you may safeguard your family from the dangers of these conditions. Have a joyful and safe new year!
- Bailey R, et al. The epidemiology of global micronutrient deficiencies. Ann Nutr Metab. 2015;66 Suppl 2:22-33.