With the onset of cold weather, viruses become more active, but immunity fails, because of which health suffers, plans change and work is missed due to illness. Although many people buy packs of useless medicines that have not been proven effective for prevention, you can pay attention to your lifestyle and change it, while helping your defenses fight colds. So, flu vaccination is extremely important, but if vaccinations are not done, you can help the body through some changes in nutrition, as well as adjusting the daily routine with the allocation of time for proper sleep and healthy activities. What are the points to pay close attention to?
In order to help the immune system fight colds and flu, it is important to pay attention to your diet by changing some points in it. If you follow simple tips that have been known to many since childhood, this will help you get sick less or tolerate infections more easily. So, first of all, food should be enriched with vitamin C, and not from time to time, but on an ongoing basis. At the same time, one should not strive to consume ascorbic acid in tablet form, it is best absorbed from natural products in combination with other vitamins contained in food. Adding foods such as garlic and onions, lemon and other citrus fruits to the diet helps in the prevention of infections by activating natural defense mechanisms. The thing is that ascorbic acid helps in the formation and activation of phagocytes, cells that actively fight pathogenic pathogens. It is useful to diversify the diet with rosehip tincture, kiwi or blackcurrant.
But from products such as sugar and dishes in which there is too much of it, it is worth giving up, according to numerous studies from different countries, excess sugar can weaken immune defenses. Therefore, experts suggest giving up sweets, cakes and pastries, and replacing sugar in drinks with honey. Dried fruits and dark chocolate will be useful as treats.
How to help the immune system?
The effect on immunity of such a simple and well-known procedure as hardening has long been proven. It helps to protect against stress, makes the body resistant to sudden changes in temperature and stimulates immune forces. Hardened people get sick with colds and flu much less often, and this is due to the fact that their immunity is constantly training and quickly activated to fight viruses and microbes. It is important to start hardening gradually so that it does not become a shock to the body, especially when it comes to dousing. You can start with contrast showers, gradually changing the temperature of the water and the duration of exposure. But in order to strengthen the immune system, you need to do this constantly, including such procedures in your usual schedule — then the effect will be long and persistent.
Sexual intercourse is no less useful for strengthening immunity, and not just closeness with rhythmic movements, but a process that brings pleasure. This is due to the fact that during orgasm the number of phagocytes increases sharply, which are responsible for recognizing and destroying cells infected with infections.
Good sleep and night rest
There is evidence that people who suffer from chronic insomnia or sleep disorders (intermittent sleep, frequent awakenings, prolonged falling asleep with difficult awakening) are more likely than everyone else to get colds. Therefore, in order to strengthen immune protection and normal well-being, health and performance, it is important to include a full-fledged sleep in your usual schedule. Moreover, you should go to bed before midnight so that the internal mechanisms associated with the production of hormones, including melatonin, which helps normal full sleep, do not suffer. In addition to the fact that the normal production of melatonin helps to fully relax and sleep, it also has the properties of a naturally occurring immunomodulator that were acquired during evolution. If sleep is disturbed and a person chronically does not get enough sleep, or goes to bed far at midnight, this leads to a decrease in the immune defense of the body.
Useful drink for prevention
To prevent colds and maintain a full-fledged metabolism, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, this helps the immune system to work fully, since all metabolic processes in the body take place in the aquatic environment. The liquid is no less important as a source of vitamins and microelements, due to which the full prevention of respiratory and other infections is also carried out. But not every liquid is suitable for drinking, ideally it should be clean drinking water, without gases. The most correct prophylaxis will be when drinking liquid on an empty stomach, as well as half an hour before a meal and an hour after a meal. It is important to consume at least 2 liters of fluid per day.
In order to carry out full-fledged disease prevention, it is worth giving up some drinks that can be harmful to health. So, coffee can be attributed to them, taking 4–5 cups of which per day leads to a decrease in the body’s immune defenses by 25–30%. It is worth replacing it with green tea, which has a lot of useful qualities. Alcohol, which suppresses the production of antibodies and inhibits the activity of lymphocytes in the fight against dangerous pathogens, no less harms the body.
Vaccinations and their benefits
Even before the start of the cold season, it is worth getting vaccinated against the flu. Although they are aimed only at this virus, they also partially protect against SARS by stimulating nonspecific immunity. It is recommended to be vaccinated from the beginning of autumn, when the epidemic of colds has not yet begun, but they can be carried out later than this period. It takes at least 2–3 weeks from the moment of vaccination to develop immunity, but full-fledged immune protection will develop by the beginning of the second month from the moment the vaccine is administered. The main thing that is important during the vaccination period is to carry it out against the background of complete health. Even a slight runny nose and colds are contraindications to vaccination. It is worth postponing it until a full recovery.