02 February 2017, 15:50
Lack of sunlight, a high-calorie menu and a sedentary lifestyle in winter do not pass without a trace. So in February, our body begins to work at the limit of its capabilities. One has only to get their feet wet, dress inappropriately for the weather, take a ride on public transport during rush hour, as the first symptoms of a cold are right there. This is due to the lack of vitamins.
Vitamins & Co.
To maintain immunity, doctors recommend not to forget about the vitamins necessary during this period: A, C, D, E and group B. Vitamin A increases the body’s resistance to infections, helps restore elasticity to skin affected by winter cold and eliminates peeling. By the way, problems with the epidermis are one of the indicators of a lack of vitamins in the body.
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Doctors are sure that it is not difficult to cope with beriberi, for this you need to eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible or purchase a good multivitamin complex. It is also important to know which vitamin enhances the action of another. For example, vitamins E and C enhance the work of vitamin A. If you are preparing a salad of carrots or beets (these products contain a sufficient amount of vitamin A), use a vegetable-based dressing, where vitamin E is mandatory.
Scientists have noticed that vitamin E not only gives strength to a weakened body, but also restores the muscular system, ensures the supply of all necessary substances to the muscles of the heart, making them stronger and more resilient.
This is especially important for those who lead an active lifestyle. It’s time to remember the frozen berries that probably remained after the winter, add nuts, seeds to them and prepare an energy cocktail! But high blood pressure, the deplorable condition of nails and hair give out a deficiency of vitamin D, which controls the absorption of calcium and magnesium. These trace elements are present in the liver, dairy products and fish.
And cereals and legumes with a high content of B vitamins will help deal with spring fatigue.
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Storm of viruses
Foods containing zinc will also help increase the body’s resistance to colds. Its main function is protective. Like vitamin C, it fights viruses, and against the common cold zinc is more effective than many drugs, doctors say. Having met with rhinoviruses that cause colds and runny nose, this microelement deprives them of the ability to reproduce. As you know, most zinc is found in red meat — veal and beef. There is it in pumpkin seeds, bananas, grapes, oranges, ginger, blueberries, raspberries.
By the way, scientists have proven that with a lack of zinc in the blood, the level of cortisol, a hormone that suppresses the immune system, rises. The content of zinc in the body, as a rule, is lowered in women experiencing premenstrual syndrome. The scientists also suggested that a deficiency of this mineral leads to a decrease in the production of progesterone, which, in turn, can cause cravings for sweet and salty. Therefore, it is very important to track your taste preferences and adjust the menu in time. In addition, zinc protects the liver from the penetration of harmful substances. After winter, the liver especially needs proper nutrition, a balanced drinking regimen and special herbal preparations.
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