A common belief is that the topic of colds and flu only comes up in autumn and winter. But even in the warm season, these (and not only these) diseases can wait for us around the corner. We tell you what you need to do to quickly help your body.
Colds and flu, as well as other viral infections, do not sleep even in summer. Here we recall that we should not forget about the coronavirus, which, as you know, has not disappeared anywhere from our planet.
To protect your body from diseases and increase immunity, it is enough to follow a few simple rules. Today we will not talk about the benefits of hardening, eating citrus fruits and other well-known ways to improve health. We have other methods!
Improved Gut Health
The surest way to protect yourself from colds and flu is to restore the balance of the intestinal microflora. It is a key immune organ. 70-80% of all immune reactions of the body occur in the intestines – viruses and bacteria are identified there, antibodies are formed, pathogens are eliminated and excreted from the body.
So the first step is to add probiotic foods to your diet or talk to your doctor about additional supplements.
Add more vegetables to your diet
Summer is the perfect time to eat vegetables. And the more of them, the better. A variety of fruits and greens will help your immune system get as many nutrients and vitamins as possible.
Pay special attention to white cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – they are rich in vitamin C in addition to a huge variety of micronutrients. Potatoes and spinach are also ideal for summer lunches and dinners, as they contain valuable nutrients.
Check your zinc and vitamin D levels
Zinc is one of the micronutrients that the body cannot produce on its own. We get it only with the help of food or taking it in pills. If the body does not have enough zinc, the immune system will rapidly weaken. You are more at risk of catching colds, coughs, sore throats and other unpleasant symptoms. Therefore, be sure to pass all the necessary tests and, with a reduced level of zinc, consult your doctor about taking supplements.
Now about vitamin D. The human body can produce it on its own, but only through contact with sunlight. Try to be outdoors as much as possible, but don’t forget your SPF!
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Regular physical activity three times a week strengthens not only the muscles, but also the cardiovascular and immune systems. Go for a walk, run in the park, or do a light workout. By the way, we talked about exercises that can be done on the street here. Most importantly, do not forget to drink more water during training.
These seemingly simple tips will help you stock up on vitamins and improve your health before the onset of autumn.