What is not to get sick
Our immune system constantly protects us from many different pathogens: viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa. But sometimes the immune system weakens, and then the disease takes over. To maintain the immune system there is a wide variety of drugs – immunostimulants. But before you take them, you should try to prevent the disease with a special diet. After all, scientists have long found that some products have properties to strengthen the immune system. Regular use of them will significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Vegetables and fruits with vitamin C
Ascorbic acid (also known as vitamin C) is one of the main biologically active substances that strengthen the immune system. It is the strongest antioxidant, suppressing free radicals, is involved in the production of phagocytes – cells of the immune system, has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Kiwi can help prevent the development of diseases
Vitamin C in the body does not accumulate for the future, so its reserves must be constantly replenished. To do this, include in the daily diet of fruits, berries and vegetables with a high content. In addition to the well-known citrus fruits, many ascorbic acids contain:
fruits and berries – kiwi, currants (black, less – red), sea buckthorn, hips, mountain ash;
vegetables – red pepper (sweet), all kinds of cabbage (especially Brussels sprouts and broccoli), leeks, sorrel, dill, parsley and celery.
Rich in vitamins 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 amount of antioxidants that protect the body.
You can eat onions 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, no wonder 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 absorbed along with fats.
Combine pumpkin with other healthy vegetables.
Kefir, ryazhenka, varenets, natural yogurts without sugar – all these products provide the body with beneficial bacteria, restoring the intestinal microflora. Microbes that live on the mucous and intestines, increase the activity of cells of the immune system – monocytes, macrophages, which neutralize and destroy pathogens. It is necessary to choose dairy products with a minimum shelf life – no more than 5 days.
The most valuable in marine 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 receive them only from the outside – either with food or in the form of pharmaceutical preparations. Along with this, sea fish contains 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, compounds that strengthen the immune system. They contribute to the production of T-lymphocytes – immune cells. If you regularly use green tea, the risk of developing colds decreases. 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 from the development of malignant tumors.
It is best to drink brewed tea (not bags) of good quality. Tea will bring more benefits if consumed without sugar.
This is a unique product that contains almost a complete set of vitamins, trace elements, biologically active substances. Suffice to say that honey contains 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, which should be remembered by people with allergies. 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 to eat it a bit.
Do not fall ill
No one likes to hurt. And we are able to significantly reduce the risk of developing diseases, and without much difficulty. To do this, you need to revise your diet, eliminating from it (or at least reducing the proportion) fatty meats, fried dishes, pickles and pickles, as well as canned food, smoked meats, sauces and other products subjected to industrial processing.