The danger of contracting the seasonal flu in winter is always lurking, and the only remedy for it is not to arrive in the colder months without energy and with few active nutrients in the body. There are some tips and rules to follow, valid for adults, children and the elderly, to increase the immune system in order to fight viruses, germs and bacteria typical of the coldest period of the year.
Fermented foods, rich in probiotics, guarantee a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in the intestine, an organ on which all the efficiency and effectiveness of our immune system depends 80%. Then we have cereals (wholemeal), fresh yeast, wheat germ, oilseeds and vegetables that guarantee a good level of B vitamins (immunoprotective). Vitamin C also stimulates the immune system and is found in kiwis, oranges, peppers, tomatoes and berries. Beta-carotene, an excellent ally to keep viruses and bacteria at bay, is contained in carrots, pumpkin, melon and apricots. Let's always remember to eat the skins of the fruits, if edible, and not to forget some effective mineral salts to always keep us in good health, such as selenium, zinc, iron present above all in molluscs, cabbage, legumes and seeds oily.
Let's not forget that seasonal influences and ailments are not only kept under control at the table, but also by changing the lifestyle in general. For example, the hours allowed to sleep at night should be increased, bringing them to at least 7-8 hours per night (more in children). Meal times should be kept constant wherever possible, and skipping meals, including breakfast, is strongly discouraged.
All these tips to boost immunity, while valuable, are sometimes difficult to follow, due to a hectic life, always on the move, modern technology that leads us to watch TV until late at night or 'play' with the smartphone or resorting to easy and unhealthy foods to make up for the lack of time. This is why Herbalife wants to lend a hand to all the people who are unable to follow a healthy lifestyle in spite of themselves; in fact, for some time now, it has included some interesting formulations in the range of its brand products, useful precisely for strengthening the immune system. We are talking about Formula 3
, a protein supplement which, with its vegetable proteins deriving from soy, favors the development of lean mass and gives a sense of satiety and energy throughout the day; then we have the Multivitamin F2
which, as the name itself indicates, is rich in vitamins including A, B, C, and E, and over 10 minerals that help restore the barriers against the attack of viruses and bacteria; for an unparalleled antioxidant effect Herbalife offers Lift-off
, a drink enriched with vitamin C with no added sugar, with a refreshing and energetic taste.
What exactly is the immune system?
It is a complex network made up of cellular and chemical mediators that has developed over millions of years, capable of repairing the entire organism, through complicated biological processes, with respect to any form of pathogenic, traumatic or infectious agent. These entities to be kept away can be viruses, pollutants, toxic agents or bacteria defined as 'bad'.