Immune system: It is the complex network of an organism that is responsible for defending itself against harmful factors such as viruses, bacteria and dangerous chemicals.
With each seasonal change, the human body experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even dietary preferences. A natural consequence of seasonal change is of course the frequent viruses and colds due to the "fallen defense" of the body.
Key factors that affect the body's defenses
- lack of sleep,
- the sedentary life,
- avoiding the sun
- the observance of hygiene rules, both in everyday life (hand washing, etc.), as well as in cooking and
- the nutrition
A balanced diet is the basis for good health, but also for a strong immune system.
Antioxidant Foods that strengthen the immune system and fight viruses.
The omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish-sardines, kolios, mackerel, salmon and trout) and nuts-peanuts, sesame, sesame oil and flaxseed) -Help stimulate the body, the proper functioning of the brain, heart, memory , learning ability, vision, and even mood.
THE vitamin C(Raw red and green peppers, kiwis, broccoli, raw cabbage, strawberries, lemon, oranges and tomato juice) .- It is one of the body's best allies against viruses.
Vitamin A.(egg, fish, dairy, liver) and its precursor form β-carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and broccoli) also contribute to the body's defense.
Vitamin E.(olive oil, nuts dark leafy vegetables) contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system.
The Vitamin D(fatty fish).
The trace elements: selenium (fish, molluscs, cereals, meat, eggs, peanuts, rice and sunflower seeds) and zinc (shellfish, beef, lamb, pork, liver, sardines, pumpkin seeds, cereals, legumes).
Other common foods with special properties for boosting the immune system are:
The honey- has antibacterial properties for the treatment of colds, flu and sore throat.
The garlic (contains allicin) -helps strengthen the immune system against fungi and bacteria.
Probiotics (milk, yogurt and general dairy products that have undergone fermentation-kefir) - shield the body's defenses, as they supply it with beneficial bacteria that fight and fight viruses.
In addition to a proper diet in our effort to fight a disease we can also use herbs to achieve faster healing.
Green tea: It has a beneficial effect against colds, thanks to the antioxidant action of polyphenols.
Mountain tea: It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect that strengthens the immune system and fights viruses and colds.
Sage: Sage is also known as the "herb of longevity". Highly recommended to stimulate the body's defenses.
Echinacea: It has strong antimicrobial and anti-catarrhal action and is considered very effective in strengthening the immune system.
Astragalus: It has antioxidant action against free radicals and has very good results in strengthening the immune system.
Licorice: It is mainly used to treat symptoms of a disease that has already manifested.
Pau d’arco: This is the bark of a plant that strengthens the body's defenses. Its action is both preventive and therapeutic.
Schisandra: It is a fruit very beneficial for the function of the lungs and the immune system.
Siberian Ginseng: It is considered to have very good results as a booster of the immune system.
Spirulina: The "miracle seaweed" is considered a complete food that contains all the essential amino acids, more than a hundred valuable nutrients for the body, antioxidants, a large amount of iron and protein. Contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system.
Propolis: a mixture of waxy and resinous substances, with antioxidant and antibiotic action that effectively treats viruses, both at a preventive level and during their manifestation. As an extract it is considered ideal for gargling and throat sprays to remove germs.
In addition, wheatgrass, aloe, olive leaves and ganoderma are our strongest allies for a strong immune system.
BASIC TIPS FOR SEASONAL FLU PREVENTION
1. Eat nutrient-rich foods (organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein), cut down on sugar to reduce inflammation, and high-fat foods, and drink plenty of water to be healthy. your body hydrated.
2. Adopt exercise in your daily life to deal with stress - it plays an important role both in strengthening the immune system and in the overall health of the human body.
The duration and quality of sleep can affect the immune system.
3. Nutritional Supplements - They are supplies that enhance the action of other foods during the flu season.
Vitamins A, C as well as B and D complex vitamins, support the function of the immune system.
Therefore, in order for our body to be able to deal with the "invaders" (germs-viruses) and to be healed, we must prepare it in time with proper nutrition, regular exercise and an effort for mental well-being. Of course, there is no better time to do it than to start now!