Here comes the winter, carrying with it cold and many other diseases and viruses that can affect your body and cause you weakness, stress, laziness and inactivity.
Diseases that affect us in winter usually weaken our immune system and make our bodies vulnerable to infection and viruses. In this season it is known that the body needs higher energy and this means eating a specific quality of food containing all the necessary nutrients that give the body energy and activity and strengthen the immune system and prevent diseases.
There are many nutrients and natural home remedies that you can take to keep your immune system strong in order to maintain a good health.
1 – Follow a balanced diet: Balanced Diet makes you stronger
In winter, you need a lot of nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as minerals, such as zinc and omega-3, to support your immune system. Focus on eating foods that contain integrated nutrients such as meat, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, as well as plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.
In contrast, avoid processed meats, fried foods, soft drinks and processed and refined sugars because they weaken the immune system.
2 – Get plenty of vitamin (C) Befriend Oranges & Lemons
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a rich source of vitamin C that helps boost the immune system and maintains a healthy body. One of the best foods considered a source of vitamin C are cranberries, citrus, kiwi, peppers and dark-leaf vegetables.
3 – Say Yes to Herbs & Spices
Onion, garlic, gingers, black pepper, chili, spices, curry and turmeric are considered ingredients that help boost your immune system, so use many of them while cooking. For example, turmeric is characterized by its antibiotic properties that help destroy pathogenic bacteria and enhance the natural immunity of the body; it also helps prevent bacterial infections in wounds.
Garlic contains a lot of benefits that nourish the body and protect it from diseases. It is an important additive in food and contains antibacterial and anti-virus components.
4 – Drink plenty of water: Do not Forget Water
Water helps improve the digestive system as well as the production of lymphocytes that promote white blood cells and protect the immune system, so drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. For more benefits, add a slice of lemon to the water to provide you with more vitamins C.
5 – Host the Healthy Bacteria
The digestive system usually needs healthy bacteria to protect the body from various diseases in order to enhance the functions of the immune system in order to work well. These bacteria are particularly present in yogurt and pickled cabbage.
6 – Say NO to Antibiotics
Avoid antibiotic as much as you can since it works on attacking beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and weakens the immune system, so look for a natural alternative.
Honey is one of the best natural antibiotics; it has anti-microbial and inflammatory properties and plays an important role in fighting infections at multiple levels, making it difficult for bacteria to develop again.
7 – Hot drinks and teas… Tea Party for One
Hot drinks, such as ginger, cinnamon and tea, help stimulate blood circulation. Because they are rich in antioxidants that keep the body cells from weakening and atrophying, they also benefit the digestive system and the respiratory system, making the immune system more powerful and active in doing its functions. Ginger, for example, contains substances that preserve the lymphatic system and protect the sinuses from inflammation and contributes to the expulsion of many diseases that affect the body. It can be added into different dishes or you can drink it as a hot dip to strengthen the immune system.
8 – Lots of Soup for you
The homemade soup cooked with ingredients such as chicken with onion, garlic, pepper, curry; or vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, artichokes; and legumes, such as lentils, beans and broccoli, is easy to digest and easy to prepare and prevent diseases, especially colds.