Defenses and Cold Weather are closely related. Generally, with the arrival of seasonal cold weather come the colds, flu and complex viral patterns, which, when are not treated properly and in time, can lead to diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia. But why does this happen?
Our Immune System is composed by a series of biological structures and processes that occur within the body to specifically protect us against disease, detecting and eliminating a number of agents, viruses and pathogenic cells in a natural way. However, there are a number of circumstances in which the immune system is weakened and is less active than normal, and that’s when the infections and diseases can affect us, in a greater or lesser extent depending on the case. This is what is called “Low of the defenses” in the organism, and the seasons like fall and winter usually generate them.
Therefore, defenses and cold weather are directly interrelated: during fall and winter the temperature drops, it rains and humidity gets higher, we confront changes in schedules that disrupt our daily habits, physical inactivity and living indoors with other people increases during longer periods of time, and often our stress levels increase because of the closures working years, family commitments, etc. All these factors inevitably influence our body affecting the functioning of our immune system and therefore lowering our defenses, making us less strong and more prone to seasonal viruses and diseases.
The best and easiest way to promote a good relationship between our defenses and cold weather is through healthy eating. The nutrients in some foods help strengthen our defenses, and although it is no guarantee that we incur any light flu, at least we will get more mechanisms to get over of it quickly and even prevent health complications.
The most recommended foods to increase our defenses in cold weather seasons are: fruits and vegetables at least twice a day (containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals); light cereals, seafood, nuts and legumes (containing minerals, manganese and zinc); citrus fruits such as orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit (high in vitamin C); honey (contains inhibiters and has antibacterial and antiseptic action); garlic and onion (for its antibacterial and antiviral properties); yogurt (for its high pro biotic value); Red foods like tomatoes, peppers, beets, raspberries, strawberries and cherries (containing carotenes and vitamin A); mushrooms and fungi (for their antifungal and antiviral properties); and finally plenty of liquids, since hydrate and dissolve mucus protecting against infection.
It is also very important to exercise ourselves (according to the health status of each one), to avoid stress (main enemy of the immune system) and the intake of multivitamins or food supplements if necessary, ensuring that your body has all the nutrients we need at this seasonal time.
From Valtrum we invite you to keep your healthy habits, eat healthy food, exercise and maintain a positive attitude towards life. With these few things you can keep your defenses in good condition during cold seasons and in every moment of your day.