With the arrival of autumn and winter, new viruses and bacteria come every season. Coronavirus came and it looks like it’s not planning to leave. It is true that gathering a lot of people together indoors from day to day leads to inevitable exposure to infection. How to protect yourself and your children?
Last two years we all wanted to go outside in a bubble wrap or some kind of shield, but of course, that’s not possible. Instead, a more realistic way to deal with Coronavirus is to improve the immune system, so that our bodies can fight these attackers on their own.
These eight tips, which you can apply right away, can strengthen your immune system during Coronavirus, so your family can handle the whole winter period more easily. You will welcome cold weather with stronger internal defenses and fewer sick days. Here’s how:
1. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary
Antibiotics are prescribed more than 154 million times a year for anything – from a skin wound to an ear infection. The purpose of antibiotics is to destroy bacteria that cause infections, and sometimes they certainly save lives.
It is estimated that at least 30% of prescriptions for antibiotics are unnecessary. This is important to know because antibiotics not only kill pathogenic bacteria but also destroy beneficial bacteria in the gut microbiome. Why kill good bacteria when it is not necessary? If your doctor prescribes antibiotics to you or your child, ask him are antibiotics really necessary? Don’t just accept a prescription without asking a few questions: How much do you need these antibiotics? How likely is it that your natural immune system will solve the problem without medication? Are there more natural antibacterial options? Keep in mind that antibiotics are definitely necessary for the treatment of certain infections.
2. Eat more food rich in probiotics
Start winter by building good bacteria in your gut. One great way to achieve this is to serve probiotic-rich food to the whole family. Starting in early fall, offer fermented foods such as kefir or yogurt mixed with fresh chopped fruit. If your children eat selectively, you can try probiotics for children, for a painless dose of good bacteria that strengthen the immune system. Some of these preparations contain sugar, so stick to as many sources of probiotics from healthy food as possible.
3. Go to bed early
As the sun sets late, summer can be a difficult time to establish regular sleep. This means no more sleeplessness or staying up late at night. Adults need 8 hours of sleep and most children need between 10 and 14 hours of uninterrupted sleep every day to be optimally healthy. Have a decent amount of sleep and sleep well. That will improve your immune system.
4. Eat more fruit and less added sugar
We all like sugary goods. However, sugar has been shown to alter the microbiome in rather extreme ways, feeding on sugar-loving pathogenic bacteria, which can expel beneficial, immune-boosting bacteria. Eat fruit instead of snack cakes and sweets, or at least eat sweets made from natural sweeteners. At home, have fruits rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, such as oranges and blueberries, for dessert.
5. Take Colostrum supplement
Breastfed babies are often healthier, with fewer allergies, due to protective factors that boost immunity, which is found in colostrum – the first milk produced by breastfeeding mothers. But both older children and adults can benefit from this antibody-rich substance available in the form of a supplement. Stir it in squeezed fruit, water, juice, or kefir. You’ll get a large dose of additional immunity!
6. Spend time outside as much as possible
Summer is a great time to be outside, but also autumn and winter. Be outside all year round, as much as possible, not only because of exercise and fresh air but also because of the “sun vitamin”, such as vitamin D.
Vitamin D is synthesized in the body as a result of sun exposure, or intake through food and vitamin supplements is biologically inert and is activated in the body after certain chemical reactions. This useful form of vitamin D is required by every cell in your body – especially your immune system.
However, because we don’t get enough time outdoors, most of us have vitamin D deficiency. Boycott TV and video games. Instead, read outdoors or take a walk, play sports, or hang out outdoors. Family walks, outdoor games are good ways to create vitamin D in the body.
7. Green meals
Of course, we all know that we should eat green fruits and vegetables, but do you know why? Green fruits and vegetables contain huge amounts of vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin A is necessary for us to maintain the health of our eyes, vitamin C is above all there to preserve and strengthen our immunity, while vitamin K protects our bones from osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Also, the intake of this green food cleanses toxins and strengthens the immune system, which is especially important during the pandemic of Coronavirus.
In addition, it contains huge amounts of fiber that make us full and support our digestive system. In order to make the most of the health benefits that green fruits and vegetables provide, we should strive to eat at least one every day. And what about those children who stubbornly refuse to eat vegetables? Try making a green smoothie from this vegetable and add some fruit for sweetness. They will get a sweet treat, and you will get the pleasure of knowing to strengthen your immunity and natural resilience.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils of certain plants have beneficial properties. For example, eucalyptus and oregano oils have antibacterial and immune-modulating capabilities. The use of eucalyptus oil through inhalation has the effect of strengthening the body’s energy, better purification of the respiratory organs, and can be used in children older than 2 years and adults. Oregano is used as a spice to improve the taste of food but also strengthens your immune system.