The flowers, the plains, the wind, the sun, the wind, the sun, the warm, the cold, the wind again … thaat’s what the spring looks like if we were to analyze it in a realistic way. Sudden temperature changes cause colds, flu and allergies, and the only really effective way we can stop them is … to prevent them. How? By strengthening immunity.
What is the immune system?
The immune system is a group of special cells that help the body to fight diseases and infections. Think of it as a special army that protects you from viruses, bacteria and parasites. The functioning system can be described quite simply: first the foreign and harmful substances are detected, trying to make their way through the body, after which the white globules are used to remove it. This is, of course, the simplest explanation for a rather complex and tedious process, so it would not be a bad idea to give your body a helping hand.
Supporting the immune system is a process, not a spontaneous event, meaning you have to be very conscious when it comes to eating, exercise and rest.
The role of nutrition in strengthening immunity
As we evolve, the expression “you are what you eat” is a follow up everywhere. Doctors recommend nutritionally rich foods: vegetables, fruits, healthy protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
The protein has many essential amino acids for growth and regeneration. Studies show that reducing the amount of protein from the 25% recommended daily dose may compromise the immune system. Then choose foods rich in vitamin C (found in citrus and kiwi), vitamin B (which we find in seafood and vegetables), vitamin A (found in green vegetables, sweet potatoes and asparagus) , but also foods rich in antioxidants such as strawberries and tomatoes.
Zinc also influences the immune system in a beneficial way. Consume spinach, lentils and quinoa from time to time (too much zinc in the body can be harmful).
On the other side of the barricade there are foods like sugar, excess fat, and alcohol in large quantities that can suppress the action of red blood cells.
The gastrointestinal tract is probably the most important mechanism of the human body trained to fight various diseases. It contains 60% of the immune system cells and is tasked with absorption of nutrients while at the same time keeping the affected molecules away.
Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the gut and assist the immune system in the process of correcting deficiencies and in producing “fighters” cells. You can increase the amount of probiotics in the body with a dietary supplement or by eating yogurt, kefir, certain types of cheese and soybeans.
Moderate and moderate training helps the immune system and supports the circulation of white blood cells throughout the body. Studies show that people who get involved in regular physical activity or just walk every day are getting sicker. Moreover, physical training improves circulation, removes toxins from the system and contributes to general well-being.
Stress has a major impact on the immune system’s ability to fight the disease. Long cycles of chronic stress reduce white blood cells, and T cells force them to respond harder. Find ways to reduce stress, such as exercise, yoga, or even long baths in the evening.
How do you prepare for the coming season?