Cold and flu season is approaching, and no matter how hard you try you always caught a wave of fever and fatigue.
Discover 3 ways to boost your immunity and forestall colds and flu!
1. What you eat is CRITICAL!
When it comes to boosting immunity system, it is VERY important what type of food we eat.
The majority of the immune system, 80% to be precise, is located within the digestive system. That is why it’s critical to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Therefore, during the flu season it’s recommended to eat antioxidant-rich foods such as fresh fruit’s and vegetables. Antioxidants protect us from flu and other viruses throughout the year.
Foods with anti-inflammatory properties: dark-green vegetables, berries, salmon, tomato.
Foods rich in vitamin C: pomegranate, lemon, orange, mandarin, parsley, cabbage, peppers, cabbage, leeks.
Studies have shown that Zinc, which is found in pumpkin seeds, spinach, oysters, nuts and legumes, may shorten the duration of colds.
If you notice that everyone around you caught a cold, then arm yourself with food rich in Zinc and vitamin C.
Enjoy warm soups, and avoid processed foods and sugar because it stimulates growth of bacteria and weakness the immune system.
2. Probiotics = body guards
Microbes that live in our digestive tract help us digest food, but they also participate in regulation of our metabolism, hunger and body weight, and have a certain influence on our immune system.
Strong immunity relies on a healthy digestive tract, because that is where almost 70% of our immune system is located.
Probiotics contain “good” bacteria that greatly assist digestive system. Probiotics are are useful in alleviating inflammation and preventing infections. Thus, they can help us strengthen immunity and keep us from colds and flu, or at least reduce symptoms.
What are probiotics?
Fermented foods like kefir or yogurt containing probiotics. If you are not fans of such products, you can use probiotic supplements or probiotic therapy.
Beside restoring the balance of intestinal microflora, probiotics can be used to strengthen the health of digestive and immune system, and prepare the body colds and flu season.
Consult with your doctor about what kind of probiotics are right for you.
3. Exercise, sleep, ventilate the room
Regular exercise is important for strengthening the immune system.
Lack of sleep affects your immune system. Sleep loss not only plays a role in whether we come down with a cold or flu. It also influences how we fight illnesses once we come down with them
During cold and flu season make sure to sleep in a ventilated area.
Regularly open windows and clean working surfaces to reduce the risk of infection.