What you need to your diet to help prevent flu and colds

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What you need to your diet to help prevent flu and colds

Strengthening the immune system through food aid to prevent viral colds and flu infections.

A diet equillibrada that avoid deficit nutrition contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system, which will help prevent flu and colds, two frequent infectious diseases which, according to the World Health Organization (who) estimates, affect to between 5% and 10% of the world’s population each year.

A balanced diet gives the Agency the amount of vitamins and minerals needed to prevent some viral diseases of the respiratory tract

In winter, cold, and sudden changes in temperature we experience from the heated atmosphere of homes or places of work or study, to the outside, causes defenses down favoring the spread of diseases that affect the respiratory system. Therefore, strengthening the immune system through the power supply is a good strategy to prevent this type of pathology.

In fact, and as explains Aquilino Garcia Perez, vocal national power of the General Council of official colleges of pharmacists, a balanced diet is essential to provide to the Agency the amount of vitamins and minerals needed to prevent some viral diseases of the respiratory tract, there is a close association between food and a proper functioning of the immune system.

What you should include in your diet to prevent flu and colds

Some signs that may indicate that our immune system is not in good shape are excessive tiredness, muscle pain while we have done exercise, which wounds take time to heal, or more than usual hair loss. To avoid this, experts from the Spanish Federation of industries of food and beverage (FIAB) recommended to include in the menu some dishes of the winter season, which are prepared with vegetables, as well as nuts, since they provide iron, which improves the immune response.

The nutrients recommended by these specialists include vitamin C, which can decrease the intensity and duration of colds, and is present in the recipes that include citrus, and foods like kiwi, pepper, tomatoes, strawberries, or squash, among others. Vitamin A (in dairy, eggs, and some fruits), which reinforces defenses; and vitamin E and those of Group B.

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