Experts share tips on how to boost immune system this fall

Experts share tips on how to boost immune system this fall

How to avoid debilitating colds and dangerous infections during the off-season? Kazakh residents tend to ask this question often, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say that despite the fact that human health is largely determined by heredity, in most cases people can take care of their health and protect themselves from diseases and colds. First of all, it is important to strengthen immunity. It is also necessary to observe a set of recreational activities, including fresh air, walks and physical exercise. One should also remember of healthy diet.

“Strong immunity will help fight the adversities that come with the fall season. Consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Herbal decoctions also have a beneficial effect on the immune system. Rosehip is among the main herbs that are rich in vitamins and health benefits. Another advice: limit the amount of sugar and sweets in your diet. Replace them with honey, which not only effectively boosts the immune system, but also has a soothing effect on you. Stress is the main enemy of an immunity. It is necessary to try to be less nervous. It is necessary not only to get as many positive emotions as possible, but also to spread them to others. Exercise and take more walks in the fresh air. Get enough sleep. A sound, long sleep is the key to good health,” said experts at the National Public Health Center. 

Ethnographer Aigerim Musagazhinova said that adding Kazakh national dishes, beverages and delicacies that are known for their healing properties to your nutrition can strengthen the immune system. 

“There has been a real boom among Kazakh citizens who have begun actively consuming saumal (fresh mare’s milk), kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) or tail fat during the spread of the coronavirus infection. It is no secret that our traditional food has helped nomads to strengthen their immunity and protect themselves from colds and diseases since ancient times. All of this is in our genes. Therefore, it is during these difficult times that our people started thinking about what they eat. These are our traditional products that are really good for our health,” said Musagazhinova, Head of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Department of the ‘Halyk Kazynasy’ Research Institute of Kazakh National Museum. 

Experts say that there is no need to storm pharmacies in search of effective immunomodulators. Taking any medicinal or advertised dietary supplements for prevention is unlikely to bring much benefit, while following a few simple rules that each person should make into a habit, will give you a high chance of staying healthy. They are wearing masks, keeping social distance and avoiding crowded places.