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Video: 5 Tips To Fight Viruses Naturally
In recent months, we have been making steady efforts to face the ordeal of the coronavirus pandemic. And since there is no cure for COVID-19, we can only rely on our immune system. A real weapon of the body, the immune system's mission is to fight viruses and protect us against various pathogens and infections. But for various reasons, it can weaken. So here's how to strengthen it with a few simple tips!
How to prevent and fight against viruses?
Faced with the rapid spread of covid-19 and the many serious cases recorded, specialists are studying several therapeutic avenues in order to relieve patients' symptoms. According to a good number of immunologists, favoring good healthy foods and taking a course of vitamins, minerals and probiotics represent two excellent reflexes for boosting the immune system during the period of a pandemic … although the most effective remain containment and good hygienic gestures!
Adopt a healthy and balanced diet
The immune system does a great job protecting the human body from pathogens, toxins, and other harmful substances. When its building blocks are in harmony, immune defense provides us with health and vitality. And as you know, the key to maintaining your immune system lies in healthy eating and acid-base balance in the body. This can be easily achieved through the consumption of alkaline foods and acidifying foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds and nuts.
Fill up on vitamins and minerals
And since the only treatment to relieve the symptoms of covid-19 and fight viruses is based on vitamin and mineral supplementation, they are all scrutinized: zinc, iron, selenium, vitamins A, B, C, D and E…
- In addition to keeping the skin and mucous membranes healthy, vitamin A also strengthens the barriers of the immune system. It is therefore found in meat, fruits, orange and green vegetables.
- The vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12 are essential for red blood cells and therefore the proper functioning of the immune system. Present in foods of animal origin (meat and dairy products), they are also found in certain vegetables and legumes (soybeans, mushrooms, algae, fermented vegetables).
- Recognized to be able to boost the immune defense by promoting the production of antibodies, localizing and fighting harmful pathogens, vitamin C is strongly present in potatoes, red peppers, oranges, lemons, strawberries, blackcurrant and parsley.
- Widely granted by the sun, vitamin D (calciferol) is involved in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus by the intestines and kidneys. Salmon, liver, dairy products, avocado and mushrooms are the main sources of calciferol. However, to get the optimal dose of vitamin D, dietary supplements are recommended.
- Found in dried fruits, nuts, almonds and peanuts, vitamin E is found in sunflower seeds, spinach, broccoli, wheat germ oil and soybeans.
- The selenium, meanwhile, is mainly found in fish, meat, pulses. The most important source, however, remains the Brazil nut.
- The other item to get during the pandemic period is unsurprisingly iron (seafood, beetroot, spinach, soybeans, nuts, dark chocolate, dried fruits).
- With its anti-inflammatory role, zinc protects the body from the harmful effects of viral infections. It also helps treat taste and odor disorders in coronavirus. Meats, eggs, seafood, dairy products, shiitakes, squash seeds, and chickpeas are some of the foods packed with the most zinc.
Besides these natural sources, food supplements are also a great option for boosting the body and fighting viruses!
Favor essential oils
Essential oils are another staunch ally in the fight against many ailments by strengthening the immune system. So eucalyptus, thyme and niaouli oil are excellent for repelling bacteria thanks to their antibacterial and antiviral action. The most practical method is to diffuse them using a cold humidifier.
Tea tree essential oil, on the other hand, helps protect us against germs. To do this, pour two drops on a clean tissue and breathe deeply. However, before resorting to the use of essential oils, be sure to do a little allergy test by pouring a drop on the back of your hand.
The link has long been made between stress and reduced immune defenses. Chronic stress, in particular, is bad for immunity because it reacts directly to the genes of white blood cells, leading to heightened defense reactions. And when we are stressed, we sleep too little. Another harmful factor for the immune system, lack of sleep reduces the body's resistance to infections. As a result, cells make fewer antibodies.
Take care of your intestinal flora
Thousands of different bacteria live in our colon and most of them are beneficial. In fact, the colon plays a major role in eliminating waste, preventing the spread of dangerous pathogens in the gut, and promoting immune defenses. Stress, antibiotics and certain illnesses, however, can upset its balance. Pampering your gut with probiotics and healthy foods is therefore crucial, especially during a virus period. Whole grains, beets, black radish, lemon, artichoke and ginger are some of the most suitable foods for boosting gut health and immunity!