Before the winter season, we are interested in strengthening our immune system to counteract seasonal illnesses. Attention to this aspect has increased considerably this year because of the fear of being forced into a fiduciary quarantine.
A dual defense
The immune system responds to external attacks. The first weapon of defense is our barriers and they are also part of the immune system. The first barrier we encounter is the skin, immediately followed by intestine and mucous membranes. The intestine is the main entryway for substances (food, but also pathogens) into our bodies.
1. Reinforcing barriers
Probiotics: The well-being of the intestine inevitably passes from the health of the “good” bacterial flora present. Supplementation with a correct amount of probiotics (at least 1 billion) allows an adequate balance of the intestinal bacterial flora.
Tea tree oil: A few drops of this essential oil directly on your hands when we are away from home can be of considerable help.
2. Supporting Immune Defenses
Echinacea: It is the best-known plant to help the natural defenses of the organism; it also supports the normal function of the first respiratory tract, particularly affected in winter.
Astragalus: Among the various existing species of this plant, Astragalus membranaceus is the most useful in this period. It is useful to support the immune defenses, as well as being a tonic-adaptogen, able to prepare the body to deal with the best possible stress.
Papaya: In its fermented version, this tropical fruit is suitable for the organism’s defenses. It also has antioxidant properties, important for maintaining global well-being.
Vitamins and minerals: For the functioning of the immune system Zinc, Iron, Copper, Selenium, and vitamins A, C, D, B6, B7, B12 are important.
The winning pairs
There are products formulated by combining multiple substances to support the immune system; the synergy between the different components amplifies the action, making it as complete as possible. Those products in addition to lactic ferments strengthen both the barriers and the immune system.
Edited by Dr. Silvia Oberti