Pittsburgh (KDKA) – A medical clash course is underway as cold and flu season clashes with COVID.
You can be vaccinated against COVID and flu, but colds are elusive.
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Colds can decrease your chances of fighting others. Thanks to COVID, it’s arguably more important now to take the cold and flu season even more seriously than before.
The answer is to boost your immunity to avoid disease.
It may take some lifestyle adjustments, starting with number one.
“I think I’ll definitely get enough sleep,” says Dr. Jennifer Preiss of the Allegheny Health Network. “It’s important because it keeps the immune system healthy and enables it to respond. When exposed to a cold or virus and not getting enough sleep, you will get into trouble and your body will get sick. I think we can’t make antibodies and we have to fight the infection. “
Next to the Big 3 is what you eat.
“Enough fruits and vegetables, enough protein, moderate carbohydrates, both simple and complex, ensure you get complex carbohydrates for sugary, high-sugar foods and beverages. It’s very important to stay away, ”she says. Is called.
Dr. Price says higher sugar levels decrease the body’s ability to protect itself.
“I’m not saying you can have them, but they’re not good for your immune system,” she explains.
The third link to a healthy immune system is exercise.
“There is a lot of data that people who exercise have much healthier and more responsive immune systems,” says Dr. Price.
All of these factors are important for children too. “Sleep is very important. Diet is very important and exercise is very important. “
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Regarding immunity-boosting supplements, Dr. Price: “I don’t think there are enough sunny days in our latitude and longitude Pittsburgh, so I think vitamin D supplements can help the immune system.”
But what about vitamin C?
“Vitamin C has always been discussed because of colds. I really think the data is a little exaggerated, the amount of vitamin C that people ingest can be very high. It hurts. I don’t think it’s really useful in the end, ”she says.
Dr. Price says another topical supplement is zinc.
“I think I got a cold and started zinc within the first 6-12 hours,” she explains. “There can be some benefits in shortening this cold course. The zinc problem is that you need to use it about every 3-4 hours, so get up in the middle of the night with a zinc swab or tip. Never use nasal sprays or zinc swabs. “
She says there is no substitute for ingesting vitamins and nutrients from food, but she knows that she is a pediatrician and is very popular with children. “If your child has a very poor diet and refuses to eat a variety of foods, I know a child can sometimes do so, so I think it’s perfectly fine to take multivitamins. “
When it comes to vitamin health food consumption, Dr. Price: As you know, gums that should be with real fruit juice are much better for having real fruit. “
She says it isn’t an old woman’s story that chicken soup can help reduce the length of a cold.
“As you know, it can be 3 days instead of 7 days, no, 4 or 5 days instead of 7 days, but in general it feels better sooner,” says Dr. Price.
Dr. Price says dark fruits and vegetables are the best. Like berries, broccoli, and green beans.
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It’s good to believe that the improved immune system will protect you from COVID-19, but Dr. Price says there is no data to support this in any way.