How To Prevent Cold and Seasonal Influenza

Perhaps it is important to begin with explanation why we actually get sick.

It depends on our immune system. Almost all of us are in constant contact with the viruses, still not all of us get sick. If our immune system is working well, it will destroy annoying viruses without any problem and we will not get sick. However, if our immune system is weakened, the story may be different and we can easily get sick.

Significant effect on our immune system may have our inappropriate lifestyle habits:

1. Excessive consumption of sugar and cereals

Sugar could seriously affect our immune system. Among other things, it puts our intestinal flora out of balance. Sugar is a breeding ground of different pathogenic bacteria, yeasts and fungi, which can quickly have very negative impact on our immune system.

If we add the fact that 70 percent of our immune system is in our gastrointestinal tract, it is obvious that it is very important to limit the intake of sugar.

2. Lack of vitamin D

Studies have shown that people with low vitamin D levels are more susceptible to various colds and flu. The risk is even greater in people with chronic respiratory diseases (e. g. Asthma). It is, therefore, very important that we go outside as much as possible, enjoy the fresh air and catch as many sun-rays.

3. Lack of sleep

If you do not get enough sleep, you are more susceptible to a variety of viruses. Our immune system works best when we are sufficiently rested. Even when we get sick, we must pay attention to the fact that we have to sleep enough. The fester we get the necessary sleep, the sooner we will be cured.

4. Lack of physical activity

Regular exercise is the key to improve your natural defence. Studies have shown that with regular, moderate exercise the immune system enhances and therefore reduces the risk of various respiratory diseases.

In one study, it was determined that people who regularly practiced (five or more days per week), had reduced possibility of getting the cold almost for 50 per cent. However, if they got

the common cold, the symptoms were much milder than in the group of people who were not physically active.

5. Stress

Even emotional stress can contribute to the fact that we are more susceptible to various colds. It is, therefore, very important to find appropriate ways to cope with daily stress.

Experts recommend that when we feel that we are getting a cold, we immediately withdraw sugar and all processed foods from our menu since such foods may be weakening our immune system.

We must also drink enough water. The water is very important for the proper functioning of our organism, and it will help to accelerate the detoxification.

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