What to eat so as not to hurt
Our immune system constantly protects us from many different pathogenic microorganisms: viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa. But sometimes immunity weakens, and then the disease prevails. To maintain the immune system, there is a wide variety of medications – immunostimulants. But before taking them, it is worth trying to prevent the disease with a special diet. After all, scientists have long found that some products have the properties of strengthening immunity. Their regular use will significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Vegetables and Fruits with Vitamin C
Ascorbic acid (aka Vitamin C) is one of the main biologically active substances that strengthen the immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant, suppressing free radicals, is involved in the production of phagocytes – cells of the immune system, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Kiwi can help prevent disease
Vitamin C in the body does not accumulate for the future, so its supplies need to be constantly replenished. For this, fruits, berries and vegetables with a high content should be included in the daily diet. In addition to the well-known citrus fruits, many ascorbic acids contain:
fruits and berries – kiwi, currant (black, less red), sea buckthorn, rose hips, mountain ash;
vegetables – red pepper (sweet), all kinds of cabbage (especially Brussels sprouts and broccoli), leeks, sorrel, dill, parsley and celery.
Rich in this vitamin and mushrooms, especially dried white.
Onion and garlic
Both onions and garlic contain a large amount of essential oils that have an antimicrobial effect. They also have a large number of antioxidants that protect the body.
Onions can be eaten raw, in salads, and as part of dishes. And for the prevention of colds, it is recommended to eat one or two cloves of garlic daily.
Fruits and vegetables in red, yellow and orange
The fact is that they contain a large amount of vitamin A, or rather, beta-carotene, which in the body turns into vitamin A, which plays a huge role in maintaining immunity. After all, it is not without reason that it is called a natural protective weapon. To use this “weapon”, be sure to include carrots and pumpkins, tomatoes and red peppers, persimmons and apricots, mangoes and dried peaches on the menu. Just remember that beta-carotene is digested with fats.
Combine pumpkin with other healthy vegetables
Kefir, fermented baked milk, varenets, natural sugar-free yogurts – all these products provide the body with beneficial bacteria, restoring the intestinal microflora. Microbes that live on the mucous membranes and intestines increase the activity of the cells of the immune system – monocytes, macrophages, which neutralize and destroy pathogens. Sour milk products should be selected with a minimum shelf life of no more than 5 days.
The most valuable in saltwater fish is omega-3 fatty acids. They are necessary for the normal functioning of the body, reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, stabilize the activity of the heart and blood vessels. We can get them only from the outside – either with food or in the form of pharmaceutical preparations. Along with this, marine fish contain vitamins A and D, trace elements – phosphorus and selenium.
The most useful species, according to nutritionists, are salmon, cod and tuna.
Tea with honey is not only tasty, but also healthy
The benefits of green tea for immunity are the presence of catechins and polyphenols in it – compounds that enhance the immune system. They contribute to the production of T-lymphocytes – immune cells. If you regularly consume green tea, then the risk of developing colds is reduced. But green tea can protect not only from respiratory viral infections. Studies have shown that polyphenols protect the body from autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and even the development of malignant tumors.
It is best to drink good quality brewed tea (not tea bags). Tea will be more beneficial if consumed without sugar.
This is a unique product containing an almost complete set of vitamins, minerals, biologically active substances. Suffice it to say that in the composition of honey there are 22 trace elements out of 24 contained in human blood. This is a wonderful natural immunostimulant. But at the same time, honey is a strong allergen, something that people with allergies should remember. Not everyone knows that when heated above 40 degrees, honey loses its healing properties. Therefore, it is better not to put it in the hot hour, but eat a bit of bite.
Don’t succumb to disease
Nobody likes to be sick. And it is in our power to significantly reduce the risk of developing diseases, and without special difficulties. To do this, you need to reconsider your diet, excluding from it (or at least reducing the share) fatty meat, fried foods, marinades and pickles, as well as canned food, smoked meats, sauces and other products that have undergone industrial processing.