Wellness & Beauty

How to boost your immune system

We should always be at best with our immune system to face all external forces of everyday life, such as stress, seasonal changes or moments of psychological weakness. Even more, it has to be strong and stable under health emergency circumstances. Today Doctor Carlo Barbieri, President of the Lefay SPA Scientific Committee, unveils a list of suggestions to boost our immune defences against viruses.

First, how much does immune system count?

Only think of the fact that a virus can be harmless to some of us and, at the same time, have serious consequences on others. This means that it is fundamental for our wellbeing.

Which foods must be avoided to boost our defences?

Sugars and saturated fats must be reduced. Simple sugars, especially to be found in industrial food, produce inflammation and oxidative stress, decreasing the function of immune cells. In addition to this, a consumption of saturated fats (like beef and pork) might afflict them, increasing the risk of infections. Also, it is good to limit processed and packaged products, fried food and all refined vegetable oils. Last, diets or fasting are definitely to be excluded because they can weaken our body.

What about gluten and dairy products?

They are basically animal source protein that potentially irritate our gut, which counts 70% of our immune system power. Cereals such as rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, oat and amaranth are to be preferred, as well as, goat and sheep milk rather than cow one.

Can you name us foods that naturally boost our defences?

Seasonal fruit and vegetables, spices and aromatic herbs provide our organism with vitamins, trace elements and antioxidants, reducing oxidative stress. Also, make sure you get your fill of vitamins, activating our inner resources against pathogenic germs and contrasting inflammations. Some selected supplements are also very useful, such as acetylcysteine and zinc, which helps the functioning of more than 300 enzymes.

Are herbal teas helpful?

South African geranium (Pelargonium Sidoides) is basically a very powerful Phyto medical natural product, which is perfect for the prevention and therapy against bronchitis.

Last, what is your advice for fitness?

Fitness is very important, but high intensity workouts should be avoided, as preserving a steady metabolic balance with no significant alterations is essential.