And yet sometimes the defence system is weakened, for example if the body is stressed due to particular pressures or illnesses. In that case, the immune response needs sustained support.
These tips can also help:
Exercise: Sport activates the killer cells and other helpers of the immune system. But it’s important not to overdo it, as too much or too strenuous activity can weaken the body again.
Sleep: While we sleep, our immune system is working at full power. What’s more, less of the stress hormone cortisol, which suppresses the immune response, is released. At least seven hours of sleep per night are recommended.
Sauna: Taking a sauna strengthens the body’s defences. Switching regularly from hot to cold teaches the body to adapt better to unaccustomed temperatures.
Ventilation: Frequently opening the window will keep room air moist. This is good for the mucous membranes of the nose, as they don’t dry out and can maintain their defensive functions.
Nutrients: A healthy, balanced diet is particularly important. The nutrients vitamin C and zinc play a major role in supporting the immune system. Plants that are rich in vitamin C include acerola berries, rosehips, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Oysters, liver, nuts and oats contain very large amounts of zinc. Convenient nutritional supplements, for example with a sustained release effect in the form of granulated drink mix, are a good support for people who can’t meet increased needs through their diet.