Menu
Natural Home Remedies healthy recipesNatural Home Remedies healthy lifestyle
The diet that strengthens the immune system against respiratory tract infections

The diet that strengthens the immune system against respiratory tract infections

A healthy organism is the first weapon to prevent diseases and their possible complications, even in the case of the novel coronavirus. In general, it is important to combat chronic inflammation and ensure an adequate supply of nutrients so that the immune system can react promptly but also without excess. This applies not only to COVID-19 but also to any type of external aggression. This is why a research approved a few days ago in the British Journal of Nutrition and carried out by a Brazilian team (Ana Heloneida de Araújo Morais et al, British Journal of Nutrition, Aug 2020) is so interesting. In fact, the research focused on the bad and healthy dietary habits to strengthen the immune system against every external aggressions and, more in particular, against novel coronavirus.
How we live and what we eat can affect our health more than we think. In fact, a diet that is not varied and that does not guarantee a daily intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can inhibit the immune response and make us susceptible to infections, just like that caused by the novel coronavirus. Not only that, obesity causes an increase in inflammation levels, which weakens the body and the immune system, and increases an enzyme, called ACE2, to which the novel coronavirus binds to attack the cell. But stress and lack of sleep can also contribute to the triggering of chronic inflammation. Both diet and lifestyle are all conditions on which we can act. In fact, the Western-style diet rich in saturated fat and sugar has shown to increase inflammation, thus undermining the health of the immune system. On the other hand, favoring certain foods capable of providing beneficial substances is considered protective, putting the body in the best conditions to deal with any aggression, even the novel coronavirus. Vitamin A, contained in sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy greens, helps prevent viral infections. Vitamin C is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and helps strengthen the body in the fight against external aggressions. Vitamin C is found in red peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, mangoes and lemons. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with conditions such as asthma and its presence is protective against acute lung infections. One of the simplest and most convenient natural sources of vitamin D is the sun, clearly taken with due care. Vitamin E fights respiratory tract infections and is contained in nuts, seeds, spinach, broccoli and some vegetable oils such as soy and sunflower oils.
Even some mineral salts have been shown to be protective and capable of helping to fight respiratory infections. Among them, the study indicates zinc, contained in lentils, beans, pumpkin seeds, seeds and nuts, selenium, contained in nuts, especially Brazilian nuts and poultry. Finally, it is important not to miss foods rich in omega 3, such as flax seeds, chia seeds, salmon and anchovies, and the famous probiotics, so yoghurts that show their probiotic content on the label, but also sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kefir.
Of course, diet and lifestyle are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against novel coronavirus. Is then important also to follow all the rules and the hygiene misures.
AUTHOR
She combines her passion for a natural lifestyle and her university studies, she has indeed a Master of Science degree in Physics and a PhD in Physics in the field of biophysics. Reading scientific articles, being updated with the latest scientific researches and testing new methods and recipes is since always her job that, we hope, has become useful to you.
Natural Remedies App Logo
Get now the App Natural Remedies, the app for a healthy lifestyle and healthy food

You might also be interested in these scientific research

Not all vitamin D supports the immune system
Not all vitamin D supports the immune system
Vitamin D is universally recognized for its role in protecting bone health. In recent times, however, the beneficial action on the immune system against attacks by viruses and bacteria has also emerged. Today's research
The diet that protects eyesight and fights dry eye
The diet that protects eyesight and fights dry eye
Do you know that dry eye is a condition that accounts for up to 80% of all eye disorders that lead people to go to the ophthalmologist? However, dry eye is often not easy to treat, leaving problems that can worsen the qu
Not only classical music, the flute also strengthens the immune system and protects the brain
Not only classical music, the flute also strengthens the immune system and protects the brain
Music has an effect on the brain and the immune system, calms, relaxes, improves neuroplasticity and cognitive functions and reduces inflammation. But not all types of music are equally beneficial. Much research has been
Diet or supplements to strengthen the immune system against infections?
Diet or supplements to strengthen the immune system against infections?
Some substances, such as vitamins A, C and D, mineral salts such as selenium and zinc but also probiotics, beta carotene and omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to be able to modulate the immune system. This means that,
How diet affects our health, for better or for worse
How diet affects our health, for better or for worse
We are what we eat, in every sense. Until now we have always published articles in which we show the benefits of a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. But what happens when the diet is unbalanced a
Hair thinning and loss? Perhaps the cause is a high fat diet
Hair thinning and loss? Perhaps the cause is a high fat diet
What we eat can determine the health of our hair? It seems so, based on a recent scientific research published a few weeks ago in the prestigious journal Nature by a Japanese team from the University of Tokyo (Morinaga e
Berries, that's why it's important to include them in your diet
Berries, that's why it's important to include them in your diet
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries, fresh, frozen, in the form of puree or juice, it doesn't matter. The important thing is to include berries in your diet! In fact, these juicy and tast
Foods that reduce chronic inflammation and protect the microbiota and the immune system
Foods that reduce chronic inflammation and protect the microbiota and the immune system
The intestinal microbiota is the set of all the bacteria that populate our gut with effects on digestion, mood, the functioning of the brain, lungs and immune system. Hence, it is very important to preserve the health of
Natural Remedies
Download the App
Copyright © 2022 - Natural Remedies Registered Brand 302018000008020
x