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Food rich in zinc
Zinc is the element with the second highest incidence in the human body, right after iron. Zinc regulates the growth of cells and the healing of wounds, participates in the synthesis of proteins, "arranges" fertility, aids cell reproduction, strengthens the immunity and protects the body from free radicals. Natural sources of zinc are seafood, beef ans lamb, wheat germ, spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, nuts, cocoa, beans...
Orange fruit and vegetables
You might not perceive skin as a part of your Immune System. But this key organ, one square meter in surface, serves as a fortress on the front line against unwanted guests. In order to remain strong, skin needs vitamin A, which plays an important role in the production of connective tissue - a crucial component of skin. One of the best ways to ingest this vitamin is through food containing beta carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A.
Foods rich in beta carotene are orange: carrots, gourd, melons, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, collards, kale, beet greens, cabbage...
Mushrooms
For centuries now, people have used mushrooms to strengthen their immunity. Contemporary scientists know why this is: mushrooms encourage the production and multiplication of white blood cells, make them more aggressive, which is useful when one has an infection. Special kinds of shiitake and maitake mushrooms are best for immunity, but domestic mushrooms are also useful for your diet.
Kefir
The mucous membrane coating the digestive tract is home to billions of benevolent bacteria which stop harmful bacilli from entering the body through the digestive system. Unfortunately, antibiotics can wipe out these useful bacteria and leave us vulnerable to unpleasant germs which can lead to diarrhea. Yogurt and kefir which contain bacterial cultures can help renew the flora of your intestines.
Laughter encourages health
Laughter has been proved to strengthen immunity by encouraging the creation and concentration of cells which destroy tumor cells and bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms which are the causes of many diseases. It is also beneficial to the bloodstream and the functioning of the heart, it reduces stress hormones - adrenaline and cortisol, spurs circulation and oxygen supply, thus reducing cholesterol levels, prevents plugged arteries, blood clots and hypertension, thus reducing the risk of a heart attack. Laughter also increases lung capacity and the supply of blood rich in oxygen in the lungs. Laughter is a natural analgesic because it causes the body to release endorphins - happiness hormones - which alleviate pain, among other things. Laughter therapy lessens or even eliminates pain with patients suffering from arthritis, muscle cramps, spondylosis and migraines. As laughter gives people strength, courage and optimism, it has been proved to encourage and speed up the process of recovery.
How to strengthen your Immune System?
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During autumn and winter it can be useful to take 10-20 mg of zinc a day during 6-8 weeks in the form of pills, in order to make up for the amount of this mineral which is needed in your body. If you provide your body with the appropriate amount of zinc (10-20 mg daily), you can lessen the symptoms of the common cold and recover faster.
This element also encourages the production of blood, a fact important for those suffering from cancer and subjected to medical radiation, since radiation lessens the number of white and red blood cells. Zinc strengthens your hair and nails and even aids your eyesight (in case of zinc deficiency, a possible problem is “nyctalopia” or night blindness). During a woman’s menstrual cycle, the body sheds minerals - this is why it is especially important to take enough zinc during this period. Pregnant women, women who are nursing and patients with chronic diseases need to take 25 mg of zinc a day. Sports players also need more zinc, since they lose up to 1.2 mg of this mineral with one liter of sweat. Since no reserves of zinc are created in the body, there is little possibility of a zinc overdose.
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