So, help your father rein in his salt intake by using iodised salt with low sodium, for example -- salt with at least 15 per cent less sodium from a trusted brand. Another effective strategy is to help them switch to alternative flavourings: wedges of cut lemon, chili flakes and black pepper powder, onion powder, and garlic powder are good options. Herbs like coriander, parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, and basil work well too.

Colour therapy

Ensure that they eat a plate full of palatable colour. A “colourful diet” which is the easiest and most effective way to ensure well-being and to keep myriad diseases at bay. This simple step will pay rich dividends in terms of better health and longevity for them.


It is easy to forget to drink enough water in the rush to do things. But this can be detrimental to your father's efficiency, may lead to brain fog and may even lower their immunity. To prevent dehydration, share with them this simple plan: Begin the day with 2 glasses of water. Finish 1 litre of water by lunchtime and then another by dinner time. Also have an additional glass of warm water after every meal. This will take care of their daily water needs.

Don't miss out on exercise

Lockdown and the virus have interfered with everyone's exercise regime as accessing gyms have become tough and stepping out for walks is not easy anymore. But this is no reason to stop movement completely. After all, they need to burn off those extra calories (and also need some extra help from endorphins to keep the moody blues away) now more than ever. So ask your father to get creative. Take short walks after dinner by walking around the house or in the balcony /garden (however small or big it might be), or enroll them in an online yoga class.

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