THE NUTRITION Officer at the Ho Municipal Health Directorate, Ms Dzifa Adzornu, has called for the consumption of more water, protein, fruits and moist-based foods to replenish the body and boost the immune system during the harmattan season.
Ms Adzornu noted that most people, especially children, lose weight during the dry season and underscored the need for individuals to consume at least eight glasses of water a day to remain hydrated.
She said moist foods such as soups and porridge must dominate menus, adding that daily consumption of fruits and vegetables strengthens the immune system and prevents respiratory tract infections which often occur due to increased pathogens in the dusty atmosphere.
Ms Adzornu said proper food hygiene must be considered and asked consumers of street foods to buy from vendors who operate in clean surroundings to avoid cold meals.
The nutritionist advised parents to ensure kids had nutritious and wholesome homemade foods for school to replace unhealthy snacks and sweets.
She also called on nursing mothers to breastfeed babies regularly and stressed good hygienic practices, which include washing hands with soap at all times.
Ms Adzornu said air-borne infections spread easier with the fast winds of the dry season, and advised the public against open sneezing and spitting at inappropriate places. GNA