The hygiene tips to protect you against the corona virus are now firmly anchored in society. Keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and do not touch your face. But of course a good immune system against the virus and the Covid-19 disease also helps in a very banal way. Especially people who belong to the risk group should therefore be careful to strengthen their defenses.
The immune system actually consists of two systems, unspecific and the acquired (specific). The former recognizes which body cells are affected and destroys them. The acquired, also known as the learning immune system, analyzes the pathogen and produces tailor-made substances. These attach themselves to the pathogen, make it immobile and mark it. The better the cooperation between these two systems works, the better pathogens can be combated.
With a few tricks and behaviors you can increase the functionality of your immune system and significantly increase the chance of coping better with illnesses.
A good and balanced diet helps the immune system to have all the vital substances it needs available in sufficient quantities. These include above all vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It is advisable to have a varied diet. Sugar, animal fats and meat can take it easy. Vitamin C is also important for the immune system. However, you should not panic about food supplements. These are only necessary if there is a defect.
Moving around keeps the immune system going. The hackneyed adage that exercise keeps you young also applies to the immune system. Those who live more actively improve the body’s resistance. The formation of antibodies and defense cells is stimulated. However, too much stress is not good either. After a marathon, for example, the immune system first needs a little time to recover.
Fresh air and drink
Fresh air is good for the airways, especially the mucous membranes. These form the first line of defense against pathogens. However, if the air is dry, which is especially the case in heated rooms; the mucous membranes do not function as well. Regular ventilation helps here. Even those who drink a lot keep the mucous membranes moist and in good condition.
Soak up the sun
The immune system is also happy about vitamin D. This is what the body creates when it receives rays from the sun. As these are rather rare over the winter, the sun’s rays should now be used as effectively as possible. Moderate tuition in tablet form is also possible.
Warm temperatures stimulate blood circulation, activate immune cells and release messenger substances. Since the blood transports the immune cells, they get to the scene of action faster with better blood circulation. Going to the sauna can help, but a hot (foot) bath can do the same.
Just as you can strengthen your immune system, you can also weaken it. Those who do this increase the risk of having to deal with illnesses much longer and more intensely.
Contrary to warmth, cold slows the blood circulation because the blood vessels contract. Defense cells are therefore thwarted. This was confirmed by a study by Cardiff University in Welsh in 2005. If you freeze, you challenge your immune system.
Lack of sleep and stress
The immune system recovers during sleep. Scientists assume that a kind of “reset” of the immune system takes place during sleep. A study by the universities also shows that sleep supports the work of certain immune cells.
On the other hand, when there is a lack of sleep and stress, the body produces the hormone cortical, among other things, which has a dampening effect on the immune system. A well-functioning immune system therefore requires sufficient sleep.
Cigarettes and alcohol
Toxins also impair the performance of the immune system. Probably the most popular toxins enter the body through cigarettes and alcohol. Smoking damages the mucous membranes and cilia in the airways that catch viruses that invade. And whoever drinks alcohol, according to studies, paralyzes the body’s defenses.