1. Eat onions and cranberries
Fruits and berries in November-December are overseas guests of long-term storage and are unlikely to become a source of vitamins and antioxidants. So lean on seasonal foods – that is, those that do not need preservative treatment for storage. Carrots, radishes, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage, citrus fruits, winter berries (cranberries, lingonberries) – they will have more vitamins than bright tomatoes and peppers. Do not forget that cereals and legumes, nuts, vegetable oil – also a source of beneficial B vitamins, vitamins A and E – that is, recognized antioxidants, which are very important for immunity. Add spices generously to hot drinks (especially cloves, which have antiseptic properties). Do not forget about honey – especially in combination with lemon: in the latter, as in other citrus fruits, there are a lot of vitamins. It is a lot of vitamin C which helps to be protected from flu and ORVI, in broth of a dog rose, cranberry and sea-buckthorn mors. And onions and garlic contain phytoncides, which easily neutralize microbes.
2. Drink ginger tea
In this magic root, there are a lot of antioxidants that “spur” our lymphocytes – the virus-hunter cells. The antiseptic properties of ginger are also well known for a long time: it contains substances that improve immunity and slow down the multiplication of rhinoviruses.
3. Move More
Exercise (especially when it is in joy) is one of the indispensable factors for the formation of strong immunity. It is known that daily 45-minute sports activities reduce the risk of catching a cold by half. For the benefit of the body, you can also dance, swim, or at least just walk around the winter park.
4. Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep undermines immunity more than vitamin deficiency or severe stress. If we sleep less than 7 hours a day, the level of leukocytes – cell defenders – in the blood drops sharply, and the risk of catching the virus increases 3 times.
5. Have sex
Scientists have proven that the cynical phrase about “sex for health” has a right to exist. The fact is that regular sex is very important for the normal functioning of our immune system. If you study them twice a week, the level of immunoglobulin A will increase in the blood, which protects mucous membranes from SARS and other diseases.
Important: if you are already sick with the flu, it is better to refrain from close contacts, the risk of infecting your partner with the flu or a viral respiratory disease is very high.
6. Turn on the light!
When daylight hours are short, and monochrome prevails in nature, we fall into a painful and even depressive mood. We lack light and bright colors, and in the body instead of the hormones of happiness, melatonin, the “sleepy hormone,” begins to be produced. At the same time, this leads to a decrease in immunity. That is why some people avoid the flu very simply: they pick up households and go to warm countries, where there is a lot of light, warmth, a riot of colors is splashing. If there is no opportunity to leave, you will have to invigorate yourself artificially. Be sure to add bright details to the interior (curtains, pillows, rugs). Use the short winter day for a stroll. Do not be stingy and turn on the light in the evenings. All this will help reduce the production of melatonin.
7. Wash your hands often.
SARS and flu viruses are transmitted by airborne droplets, but then they can literally settle on any suitable surface. Therefore, in the midst of an epidemic, any door handle, handrail, table, handset become a real breeding ground for a variety of viruses, especially in public places. From the surface, the virus gets into the hands of a healthy person, and then it’s enough to touch the face, for example, to scratch your nose – and you can safely run to the hospital for a doctor. Therefore, in the period of epidemics, hands should be washed frequently and with soap. And do it not only after going to the toilet, before eating or after a walk. But just like that, several times a day – especially if you work in a crowded office.
8. Think positive
Our immune system works better if we are calm, joyful and optimistic. Even scientific research proves that a happy person is sick less often, and if he gets sick, he recovers faster.
9. Drink more water.
Overdried mucous membranes are extremely susceptible to infections. Therefore, their hydration, including from the inside, will help to avoid colds and flu even during an epidemic: viruses do not like it to be wet. Drink at least 2.5 liters of fluid daily, irrigate the nasal mucous membranes with isotonic water, or humidify the air in your home and office with the help of vaporizers.
10. Inhale the aromas.
The effectiveness of inhalation of essential oils with antiseptic and antiviral properties has been proven by experiment. For inhalations to help get rid of viruses in the space around you, it is best to use mint and pine essential oils. Fill a few drops of oil diluted with water into an aroma lamp, heat up – the house will smell of a New Year tree or fresh mojito, and there will not be a trace of viruses.