The immune system and healthy habits
The immune system is the complex defense network that our body has against external aggressions, which can affect the correct functioning of the organism. In this respect, it is essential to maintain a daily routine of healthy habits, such as taking care of your diet, practicing sports daily, sleeping well and avoiding situations of anxiety and stress, among others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unhealthy habits and behaviors can lead to cardiovascular and pulmonary problems or diseases such as hypertension and diabetes that are responsible for more than 35 million deaths worldwide each year.
In order to keep our organism fit throughout the year, we have natural active ingredients in our daily lives that can help the functions of both the immune system and the respiratory system. Supporting the diet with dietary supplements containing ingredients such as echinacea can help the immune system function properly.
Echinacea with Propolis
Propolis is also presented as a powerful ally of our health, because it is also a substance that the bees themselves use to seal the walls and cells of the hive and thus protect themselves from any type of disease.
Galangin, the main active ingredient of propolis
Galangin is a flavonoid found in propolis. Make sure that the products you consume guarantee a minimum of 10% high purity galangin, a flavonoid found in propolis.
Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous plants with deep green leaves native to the central regions of the United States. Native Americans began using this plant centuries ago because of its healthful properties. There are numerous varieties, but three main ones are used for this purpose: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida.
Topically, the natives used it by applying it to wounds, insect bites and even snake bites. They also ingested it for stomach discomfort or for the common cold, among others. These properties were transferred by the Indians to the European colonizers, who incorporated it regularly in the traditional herbalism of the 19th century.
At the beginning of the century, it reached Europe and, since then, it has been cultivated in the central part of the continent, mainly the Echinacea purpurea variety, from which both the flower part and the root are used, thus obtaining a greater amount of active principles.
How to take echinacea ?
There are products that contain ingredients such as echinacea and can help the immune system function. Sometimes it is found in this type of product together with other components such as Propolis.
When is it advisable to take echinacea?
An adult can experience between 2 and 4 respiratory tract episodes per year. Environmental temperature and seasonal changes are one of the reasons why our immune system can be affected and feel discomfort in the respiratory tract, especially the upper respiratory tract.
In winter, cold and dry air acts on the respiratory tract producing irritation and throat clearing. On the other hand, in summer it occurs due to the greater presence of allergenic particles in suspension and sweat due to the high temperatures. Likewise, a humid climate due to rain also facilitates respiratory system discomfort.
It is especially on these occasions that products that include echinacea and propolis in their composition can be useful for respiratory well-being against the action of these external environmental agents.
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