Every year it’s the same fear, catching a cold!
There are simple solutions to minimize the risk of catching winter infections such as colds, flu or flu-like conditions, gastroenteritis, sinusitis, bronchitis and other cold symptoms.
What are the reasons why we “catch cold”?
When it is cold, our immune system is less active. If the body temperature drops, the system is not in optimal condition because there is a slowdown in the movement of immune cells. On the other hand, the cold air entering our nostrils causes the airways to dry up, the mucus flows and no longer does its protective work. It is the famous “blow your nose” moment. »
Viruses survive well in lack of light. The sun generally destroys the protective shells of viruses, in winter the sunlight is lower, the air is humid. These are conditions that are conducive to the survival of viruses.
Confinement in non-aerated closed spaces with people more or less already infected is one of the main causes of cold outbreaks.
In schools, at work, cross-contamination is easy.
The lack of green vegetables, vitamins and raw vegetables is an important cause of the decreased effectiveness of the immune system.
To function it needs in particular vitamin C which is only found in raw fruits and vegetables!
The lack of physical activity and ventilation also contributes to reducing the efficiency of our natural defences.
What are the natural remedies for anticipating or overcoming colds?
Ventilate living spaces well.
At least 10 minutes a day, open a window to renew the air in the room.
Eat exotic fruits!
When it is winter in Europe or the West, the exotic fruit season is in full swing. It is time to eat oranges, clementines, kiwi, avocados, pineapple, pomegranate, banana. Their vitamin C is essential.
Do not stop physical activity completely.
Despite the cold, there are alternatives to stay active and allow the body to function optimally. Try swimming, indoor cycling, indoor gym classes, ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing!
Do meditation, yoga, relaxation. Stress causes a decrease in immune cells.
Take food supplements.
Magnesium, omega 3, vitamin D are to be preferred. In winter, deficiencies are frequent and this considerably weakens the body’s defences. Feel free to supplement at any age and even if you have a balanced diet.
Eat a balanced diet!
The very rich winter recipes based on potatoes and cheese, there is a tendency to change the nature of the intestinal flora. The intestinal flora is the main actor of our immunity, so pamper it! Take probiotics and eat enough vegetables to get enough fibre. Fibre contains the prebiotics that are the food of probiotics.
Think of superfoods
Ginger, garlic, green tea, which are rich in antioxidants and give a boost to our body.Certains foods are really helpful in wintertime.
We have just given you all the secrets you need to know to avoid getting sick this winter! All we have to do now is put them into practice!
Article written by Elsa, Dietician at FOODVISOR