All the colours of health

The flu season is about to start! We offer some tips about the right diet and a few useful strategies to follow at school or in the office to stay healthy and reduce risks: eat a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables, always wash your hands, choose snacks containing antioxidants that help to prevent flu…people who spend a lot of time outdoors have a higher risk of getting flu. Here are some ways of looking after yourself.

According experts all over the world, a wide variety of foods of different colours helps to reinforce our immune system. Some of the healthiest foods include fresh seasonal fruit, yoghurt, tea, dried fruit and nuts, especially walnuts, hazelnuts, fresh pistachios and almonds, as they contain fatty acids.

Try to choose from these for a quick snack away from home! But think “clean” too! The Italian Society of General Medicine has stated that washing ones hands frequently is a far more effective way of preventing the spread of the flu virus than healthy eating. Employing both strategies every day is probably the best approach to adopt!

To stay healthy and raise your defences against winter viruses, another valuable piece of advice stems from Chinese tradition. The beneficial, energising, invigorating and rebalancing effects of ginseng root has been known and celebrated in China for thousands of years. The botanical name for ginseng is “Panax”, which means “all-healing”, a thoroughly deserved epithet, considering the presence of active ingredients which can eliminate free radicals and provide a full dose of vitamins B, C, A, E and K. Ginseng’s capacity to increase resistance to climate change makes it a valuable ally for coping with the transition to winter. So try coffee with ginseng!

Finally, it is generally known that a well-nourished soul is also beneficial for our physical wellbeing. Hats off then to an initiative that has been tried out in Modena over the last few years: vending machines selling books have been installed in the city with over 46 titles taken from the lessons of the Festival of Philosophy.

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