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Exercise, proper nutrition still the best ways to fight COVID-19 – doctors

While there is still no cure yet for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), experts reiterate that exercises and a proper diet are still our best line of defense to ensure safety and well-being.

In The Filipino Times’ live streaming on Facebook titled “TFT Usapang OFW: Alagang Pangkalusugan sa panahon ng COVID-19”, Filipino medical experts reminded UAE-based OFWs not to neglect their own health despite the need to work harder during these trying times.

Dr. Arlene Adarne Dagondon, a General Practitioner at NMC Deira, said that this is not the time to focus on junk and unhealthy foods—and instead remember the principle of the food pyramid.

“Kumain ng maayos at masusustansyang pagkain gaya ng gulay, isda, at tamang amount ng karne. Alalahanin ang food pyramid,” she said.

She also tackled the importance of getting enough sleep as well as reducing causes of stress, to help boost immunity.

“Tamang pahinga at tulog ay importante din. Dapat lagi tayong nasa tamang state of the mind, ‘wag masyadong m-astress kailangan din we think positive,” added Dagondon.

Dr. Aileen Villanueva General Practitioner in Mediclinic Abu Dhabi and The Filipino Times Awards 2018 Healthcare Professional of the Year, meanwhile, said that exercise helps improve both physical and mental health—two equally important things we must take care of in order to survive this pandemic.

“Doing regular exercise helps maintan ang weight, which depends on our body mass index. And while we cannot avoid stressors, we should know how to manage it so as to take care of our mental health. ‘Yan ang mga makakatulong sa atin,” she said.

“TFT Usapang OFW: Alagang Pangkalusugan sa panahon ng COVID-19”, held on August 7, aimed to help Filipinos make more informed decisions about their health and be more knowledgeable about the changes and improvements in the UAE’s healthcare industry.

WATCH THE ENTIRE WEBINAR SESSION HERE:

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan

Jamille Domingo-Marasigan gathers stories on a wide array of topics, particularly on the Philippines, UAE, Saudi, and Bahrain—which are published on The Filipino Times Newspaper, The Filipino Times Website, and The Filipino Times Newsletter. She also presents the news on cam in the pre-recorded daily broadcast of The Filipino Times Newsbreak—a run-through of the most important events of the day, reaching 5,000 to 20,000 views—to deliver stories to audiences inclined to audio-visual content online. For recommendations and story pitches, you can reach her at [email protected]

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