Prevent Winter Infections

March 2017
Each winter brings a lot of infections, colds, bronchitis, flu ... But there are simple steps to take to prevent these infections.


Eat well

To prevent winter infections such as sore throat, runny nose and cough, some foods have nutritive properties, vitamins and mineral salts able to curb symptoms's onset.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps the cells to protect themselves from virus attacks.
1 fruit provides about 40 mg of vitamin C: So 3 fruits and vegetables consumed each day provide the daily requirement of vitamin C which is 110 Mg / D.

Foods containing vitamin C:
  • Agrumes
  • Kiwis
  • Guavas
  • Peppers
  • Red cabbage
  • Cassis
  • Strawberries
  • ... (Non-exhaustive list)

Vitamin E

It has anti-infectious action and strengthens the immune system.

Found in:
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wheat germ
  • Avocado

Beta-carotene

It may also contribute to reduce the risk of infection, and can be found in:
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Apricots
  • Red peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark green vegetables

Honey

Honey brings polyphenols and anti microbials.

Dietary minerals

Zinc and selenium strengthen the immune defenses.
Found in:
  • Seafood
  • Red meat
  • Cereals
  • Nuts
  • Rognons

Dietary supplements and Phytotherapy

Some plant extracts, fruit or other substances can help the natural defense of the body.
It generally takes the form of tablets, but also as an oil to apply, teas or homeopathic form.
For more information, talk to your doctor or homeopath. The following list is not exhaustive.

Spirulina

Also think about spirulina, a green alga with many virtues.

Propolis

Propolis is a substance collected by bees: it comes from a mixture of beeswax, resin and pollen thus providing trace elements and vitamins.
It has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious and helps to strengthen the natural resistance of the body especially in winter.

Grapefruit extract

Internally or externally (in the form of oil generally apply under the soles of the feet), it is very effective in the prevention of colds and respiratory infections.

Ginseng

This is a Chinese herb that has invigorating virtues and improves immune function.

Playing sports

Sport practice contributes to our balance.

Sleep well

The variations of the light intensity regulate melatonin secretion, sun hormone.
It is essential to go to bed earlier in the winter and have a good sleep

Do not forget to get vaccinated

To prevent some viral or microbial infections, do not forget to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza, against pneumococcal if you have risk factors for respiratory and against flu, if your doctor advises.

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