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Arm yourself against cough, runny nose, hoarseness! Here are the best tips for an (almost) unbeatable immune system.
Every year the same dilemma. As soon as we start to heat, cold viruses overwhelm our immune system. The warm room air strains nasal and pharyngeal mucous membranes, they dry out, can no longer ward off the pathogen optimally. The more people gather in closed areas, such as in the office or on the bus, the greater the risk of becoming infected. "In winter you are safest in winter, " says Professor Dr. med. Reinhold E. Schmidt, Director of the Clinic for Immunology of the Hannover Medical School. "In contrast to poorly ventilated rooms where pathogens gradually accumulate." But you can do more than just go in the fresh air to get well through the autumn and winter.
1. THE BEST WINTER PROTECTION: A PLATE GREENKOHL
Vitamin tablets may be handy, but vegetables and fruits are better. For the protection against colds, it is not just about the vitamins, but also on secondary plant substances such as flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanins. They are abundant in kale, but also in sea buckthorn, grapes, beetroot and red pepper. They stimulate the number and activity of defense cells. "Those who eat healthily do not need supplemental supplements, " says Schmidt.
2. OUT OF THE PARK, TANK FRESH AIR
A walk at five degrees and gray sky? But yes! Cool, moist air is a blessing for the mucous membranes. It should be 20 minutes a day - no matter what the weather. If you do not feel like it, you should at least ventilate well. The tip against dry room air: damp cloths on the heater!
3. WHIP THE EVERYDAY STRESS!
Whether in the morning in the shower or in the evening in the choir: singing strengthens the immune system. At least indirectly. Researchers have found that the stress hormone cortisol is broken down while singing. Those who have too much in their blood are susceptible to infections because cortisol suppresses the immune system.