Strong immune system against the coronavirus
Especially in times of corona it is worth to strengthen the defenses, because our organism has experience with colds, but not with the new type of corona virus.
We’ll show you what you can do to boost your immune system.
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How does our immune system work?
In fact, the human immune system is quite complex and consists of many organs, tissues and cells, such as the tonsils, liver, lymph nodes and mucous membranes. These components of the immune system register when pathogens want to enter the organism – and the immune system reacts to this with symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and others. When the immune system is strongly tuned, it prevents us from getting really sick or ensures that we survive and beat the disease well. Let’s get a little more specific there. Our immune system has the following tasks:
Through healthy eating and exercise, the immune system becomes strong enough to show many pathogens the door directly.
If a pathogen does make it into the human organism, the immune system fights the disease and protects the body from damage.
Nonspecific immune defense
The non-specific immune defense is the body’s natural defense. This is not programmed for specific germs, but fights foreign microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, fungi and many more. The white blood cells, among others, help with this.
Specific immune defense
The human body builds up this type of defense only in the course of life. The specific defense usually sets in after the non-specific immune defense and reacts specifically to foreign organisms and potential attackers.
Immune system components
Our immune system is composed of many elements, which in the optimal case interlock seamlessly….
The mucous membranes are located in the eyes, nasal cavities and throat. When these mucous membranes dry out, bacteria and viruses have an easier time entering the body.
The tonsils are located in the throat and contain defense cells. If necessary, these form antibodies against the respective intruder.
Lymph nodes and tracts
Defense cells accumulate in the lymph nodes. Antibodies are transported in the associated lymphatic pathways to where they are needed.
The bone marrow is also part of the immune system and produces precursors and mature defense cells. So, a healthy bone marrow is quite important for the overall immunity of an organism.
White blood cells
In fact, white blood cells can be considered a particularly important part of the immune system, as they house the indispensable cells – namely granulocytes, monocytes and macrophages.
This often underestimated organ makes its contribution to the immune system by storing defense cells.
The largest organ of the human body is the skin. It is the first place pathogens and pollutants bounce off. So healthy skin is almost half the battle for good immunity.
How do you succeed in strengthening the immune system?
To strengthen your immune system – and thereby protect yourself not only against Corona, but against other diseases as well – there are several things you can do.
Proper nutrition against corona
- dark berries
- red bell bell pepper
Why of all foods are particularly good for strengthening the immune system? They provide a lot of vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, vitamin C, D and E, as well as selenium, zinc and iron. You don’t necessarily have to take supplements. Some preparations are unhelpful compositions, the effect of which you can also achieve with fresh vegetables and fruits.
Enough sun and fresh air
The sun provides vitamin D, which is why you should take advantage of every ray of sunshine that appears in the sky, especially in winter. In the summer, do not forget to apply lotion to protect the skin.
Sport also strengthens the heart, stimulates blood circulation and ensures the release of adrenaline. The hormone in turn drives the defense cells to multiply more quickly. White blood cells, lymphocytes and the so-called killer cells are then also present in higher concentrations in the blood. And of course, sports have the positive side effect of shaping the body. Particularly recommended sports are running, cycling, inline skating and Nordic walking. May it be a little more experimental? Then try rope skipping or trampolining.
Sufficient dietary fiber
A healthy intestine is an important support for the immune defense. After all, 80 percent of immune cells are located in the digestive tract. Dietary fiber ensures orderly digestion – and defense.
Little stress, enough sleep
Good stress management and enough sleep are not only essential for the immune system. During sleep phases, for example, minor infections can be fought that could otherwise develop into major health problems.
Food supplements for the immune system
Supplements are always useful if you have intolerances or deficiencies. However, no herb has yet been grown or discovered against the novel coronavirus, so hygiene is still the most important strategy against it. However, if you want to strengthen your immune system with the help of dietary supplements, you should pay attention to high quality and by no means trust dubious miracle cures. We recommend omega 3, vitamin D3 or zinc from established manufacturers if needed.
Support the immune system with sufficient disinfection
Disinfection is an effective protection, but only if disinfection is not done continuously, because this can lead to skin damage. To save your skin, you can wash your hands instead of reaching for the disinfectant gel. Sanitizers are especially worthwhile in public spaces when you’ve pushed a shopping cart or hit the stop button on the bus.
What weakens the immune system?
What factors weaken the immune system can be stated quite succinctly. These are the things you should look out for:
Stress hormones can overload the immune system, reducing the amount of immune cells.
Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking
Both vices temporarily disable or weaken significant parts of the immune system. Smoking also has a negative effect on the number of antibodies in the blood.
Too little movement
Long periods of sitting make the metabolism run more slowly, which in turn weakens the intestines. The strengthening of the immune system through exercise then fails to materialize, and the immune cells multiply more sluggishly.
Healthy lifestyle against corona infection
As you can see, it’s worthwhile to consciously strengthen your immune system, start exercising and try out one or two recipes that rely on fresh ingredients. And a good immune system not only protects against Corona, but actually makes you happier…
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