As the seasonal transitions took effect rapidly, infectious diseases such as the common cold began to emerge. Tugba Türkcan, Nutrition Specialist of Istanbul Gelisim University, talked about the ways to be protected from flu-derived diseases, which have increased particularly in recent days.
While the sudden changes in air temperatures and seasonal changes have taken their effect recently, the risk of catching diseases such as colds has also increased. Emphasizing that protecting against infectious diseases is strengthening immunity, Istanbul Gelisim University Nutrition Specialist Res. Asst. Tugba Türkcan explained how often vitamins should be used while giving an immune-enhancing soup recipe.
STRESS AND ANXIETY WEAKNESS IMMUNITY!
The epidemic, which spreads faster in environments where the use of masks is reduced, manifests itself with symptoms such as nasal flow, cough and fever. Tugba Türkcan, Nutrition Specialist from Istanbul Gelisim University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, stated immune system fights everything from the common cold to serious conditions such as cancer and added the following:
“Some additional ways to enhance your immune system are to eat well, be physically active, maintain a healthy weight, get enough sleep, not smoke, and avoid excessive alcohol use. At the same time, reducing stress and anxiety is key to immune health. Drinking water is also very crucial for the immune system, as always. Vitamin C-rich ingredients should be consumed to reduce the duration of the common cold. Therefore, you should include fruits such as oranges and strawberries in your diet, as well as foods such as tomatoes, broccoli and spinach.”
The most significant way to strengthen the immune system is to take the vitamins in fruit, vegetables and meat products into the body through natural nutrition. Moreover, vitamins such as C, D, and Zinc, which should be taken under the control of a doctor during periods of illness, are also known to shorten the healing process of the disease.
A CURE-ALL: CHICKEN BROTH SOUP
Stating that chicken broth soup supports the immune system as it contains vitamins A and C, magnesium, phosphorus and antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system, Nutritionist Türkcan gave a recipe for immunity-enhancing soup that can be easily made at home during illness.
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 large onion (sliced)
1/2 cup carrots (sliced)
1/2 cup celery (sliced)
1 large deboned chicken breast (cut into small pieces)
2 cloves of garlic
5 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 teaspoons thyme
5-6 leaves of spinach
1 handful of beans
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and chicken and cook over medium heat until the chicken is browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Mix in chicken broth and thyme. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chicken is fully cooked. Add the spinach and beans to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes until the beans are tender.
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