Every year, as the season of colds and flu approaches, we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these diseases. The key point in this matter is strengthening the immune system. What tools will help build a powerful immune defense against viruses and microbes?
As the cold and flu season approaches, we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones from coughs, runny nose and more serious virus-related symptoms. Affordable but effective tools will help us with this. Here they are.
Strengthening the immune system and protecting against flu and colds
- Wash your hands as often as possible.
- Do not touch our face with our hands.
- We avoid contact with sick people.
- We have hand sanitizer with us (alcohol content at least 60%), if there is no soap and water.
- Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccine.
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- Controlling stress…
- We provide ourselves with a full night’s sleep (at least 7 hours).
- We include in the diet fruits and vegetables rich in substances necessary for the body.
- We practice physical activity.
6 Supplements to Protect Immunity
Vitamin D is essential for the growth and functioning of the body. It is a key regulator of the immune system.
The surface of our skin absorbs ultraviolet radiation to produce this vitamin. But prolonged exposure to the sun has its own risks: burns, heatstroke and skin cancer.
There are 5 types of vitamin D, but the body predominantly uses vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Since the body converts vit. D3 is faster than vit. D2, the optimal form of the additive is D3.
There is a good reason for taking vitamin C during the cold and flu season. With a daily dose of 200 mg, the duration and severity of the disease decreases.
Zinc contributes to the functioning and development of certain types of immune cells. With a lack of zinc, the work of white blood cells is disrupted. Zinc has antiviral effects. Taking this mineral within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms reduces the duration and severity of the common cold.
Probiotics and prebiotics
A large number of immune cells are found in the intestines. When there are gastrointestinal problems, the immune system weakens, inflammation develops. It is possible to restore and maintain gut function by balancing the good and bad bacteria in the gut.
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Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that make up the flora of the digestive tract. They protect against the invasion of harmful organisms, support immunity, protect the intestinal mucosa and enhance the absorption of vitamins, trace elements, amino acids.
To enrich the body with beneficial bacteria, it is recommended to choose fermented foods (sauerkraut, kombucha, green olives).
Prebiotics are indigestible dietary fiber that feeds valuable gut bacteria.
- flax seeds
- chicory (root)
- Jerusalem artichoke.
Polyphenols in green tea can inhibit the activity of viruses and bacteria. The amino acid L-theanine, which is present in green tea, enhances the body’s immune response. This drink promotes the production of leukocytes. L-theanine helps synthesize interferon-gamma (a signaling protein of the immune system) published by econet.ru
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