Of all things related to coronavirus, toilet paper is the least of my worries yet here we are in Australia amidst the great toilet paper outage of 2020. I had a browse around my local grocer and was pretty surprised to see the rest of the shelves stocked to the brim. It seems all people are concerned about is the cleanliness of their bums. So, I came up with a list of 8 things to buy (instead of toilet paper) that may actually help you in the event you’re shut up in your house for a few days or, God-forbid, are exposed to a virus.
1) Non-perishable proteins such as chicken, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and salmon. The omega-3s in these fatty fish help fight inflammation, boost brain health, and are a good source of vitamin D. Not to mention, omega-3s are crucial for growth and development so pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should definitely grab a few cans. (Salmon, sardines, and trout have the lowest levels of mercury).
2) Dried whole grains can be a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre and are pretty inexpensive. Soaking your grains overnight before cooking will free up even more of those nutrients for your body to absorb. Look for options such as brown rice, wild rice, quinoa (not actually a grain but who cares!) and others.
3) Nuts and seeds are another nutrient-dense option that you can stock up on. With minerals such as iron and selenium these can help boost the immune system while providing a bit of protein and healthy fats. Even better if you can grab some freeze-dried blueberries and create your own trail mix. And while you’re at it grab some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate (80% or higher) and throw that in.
4) Lentils are another non-perishable that packs a protein and nutrient punch. They’re also a good one to soak first for the sake of your digestion – especially if you really are constrained to your home. Your family will appreciate it.
5) Acerola cherry juice may be a bit harder to find but it’s an excellent source of vitamin C which you’ll need to help fight off those germs. Check at your local health food store. If they don’t carry the juice, pick up some liposomal vitamin C to supplement with.
6) Tinned oysters may not be something many of us can handle but they’re the best food source of zinc around! Zinc is another important nutrient for immune health. If oysters aren’t your thing (they’re not mine either), oats, pumpkin seeds, and lentils are all good sources of zinc and will store well in your underground coronavirus bunker.
7) Grass-fed ghee or butter both contain fat soluble vitamins A and D which you need for a healthy immune system. Most ghee is shelf stable if that’s something you’re concerned about.
8) Last but certainly not least, hand soap! Wash your hands, people!!!
I promise that if you grab some of these items next time you’re at the grocery store, you’ll be much better prepared than the crazed people buying up the entire country’s supply of toilet paper.