Véronique Liesse, a nutritionist at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, offers some useful advice to help you boost your natural defences and to have the best possible chance of protecting yourself.
The most effective way to protect yourself is to carefully follow the barrier measures, which are logical hygiene tips to be followed on a day-to-day basis. Carefully comply with the lockdown rules, wash your hands regularly with soap or use a hydroalcoholic gel.
The first stage in immunity consists of our barriers, which include our skin and our intestinal membranes. A porous intestinal membrane or an intestinal flora affected by excessive consumption of meat, alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, toxic substances or pesticides and certain drugs (anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics and antacids, etc.) can weaken our barriers and consequently our immune system. Fibres, plants, vitamin D, omega-3 or zinc are just a few examples of food products and nutriments vital to the quality of our intestinal barriers!
The immune system is one of the body’s most complex systems. These are the nutriments it requires to work properly:
Becoming oxidised because we lack antioxidants can weaken our defences, making viruses all the more dangerous. Vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, copper, selenium or polyphenols are part of our antioxidant arsenal. It’s important that we control and contribute to it. Seeds, nuts, high-quality extra-virgin oils, lentils, green tea, very dark chocolate, berries, fruit and vegetables or fish. Treat yourself!
Your food intake is important but let’s not forget that to boost your immune system you should also not smoke, sleep well and stay calm, managing your stress levels. The latter causes great harm to our immunity!