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No need to wait for the next pandemic, it’s always a good idea to keep your immune system in top shape in order to withstand the yearly bouts of influenza and colds. Your diet goes a long way in strengthening your body’s immune system, so we have collected a list of natural sources of vitamins and minerals that are essential for a well-functioning immune system.
This vitamin is an antioxidant and helps fight free radicals that put a stress on the immune system. Add these foods to your diet:
Citrus fruits and juices (oranges, limes, grapefruit)
Red and green peppers
Another powerful and useful antioxidant that you can find in these foods:
Peanut butter (preferably with no sugar added)
This is an essential mineral in the production of immune system cells, so be sure you get enough of it in your diet. Zinc-rich foods include:
Crab and lobster
Carotenoids (Vitamin A)
Carotenoids are a class of natural pigments found in plants that when consumed, they are converted into Vitamin A. Get your carotenoid boost from these foods:
Omega-3 is a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation in the body and keep the immune system in balance. Consume these foods rich in Omega-3:
Oily Fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines)
(Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment or diagnosing a health issue. Consult your physician or nutritionist prior to making drastic changes to your diet.)
The coronavirus pandemic has taught us how to be stronger, tougher and more resilient in the face of new challenges. Few of us would have expected such a radical change in our lives at the start of the year, and yet, midway into 2020, we are facing a trial not seen in a hundred years.
From every experience, no matter how difficult, we can always extract lessons. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how fast humanity as a whole can act to protect the members of its population.
Lesson 1: Global challenges have no national borders
We are a global village and the challenges we face as a planet will need the collaboration of all nations. An epidemic is clearly the case, but also concerning threats such as climate change need our action, because no one is geographically immune to the consequences and the natural disasters foreseen as a result of it. We need to keep cooperating to make the world a safer place, not only for us, but also for next generations to come. Let’s work together by making every possible shift toward a greener, more sustainable world.
Lesson 2: Changes occur in full spectrum
We have seen that the most efficient way to halt the spread of the coronavirus is to set in place social distancing. This measure was taken by governments around the world, but without the cooperation of all individuals it would have been of little avail. Single actions are as important as those from the authorities and governments.
Lesson 3: Allow the experts to lead the way
During the coronavirus epidemic, there were many rumors and myths roaming around. It is easy to express your opinion on matters of life and death, but it’s only the experts (doctors, scientists, researchers) who can guide us when a deadly situation arises in the world. They work hard to base their opinions on facts and not just whims of the imagination. In the future, let’s listen to qualified members of society when it comes to deciding the best course of action.
Lesson 4: Prevention is better
It has been shown that it’s better to slow the spreading of a disease than to deal with an overload in the health sector. The same applies for climate change - we better act now to prevent rising temperatures and the decimation of the biosphere, rather than to deal with its daunting consequences!
The increased urge for on-demand, autonomous and electric vehicles will transform life in the cities. It is projected that by 2030, more than 90% of passengers will travel by cars owned by tech companies like Uber and Lyft (except they won’t likely be a human driver on it) - making the service a lot cheaper than buying and maintaining an own car.
Parking spaces take up to a third of the landmass of many cities today, where traditional cars spend up to 96% of their time. Autonomous vehicles will travel more than 100,000 miles a year, reducing the number of passenger vehicles on the roads by 80%. For example, Los Angeles will have enough vacant space to fit three cities the size of San Francisco!
A cleaner and smarter flow of electric cars will also mean lower pollution numbers and more space for green parks, walkable streets and communal spaces - as electric vehicles can form a smart web of vehicles that are aware of each other and of the people around them. It is projected that traffic jams and accidents will mostly disappear.
Also, electricity is far less expensive than gasoline and has a more stable price, costing less than half as much to travel the same distance in an electric vehicle than in a conventional one. Regarding pollution, electric vehicles generate half the emissions of conventional gasoline cars, even when pollution coming from battery manufacturing is accounted for.
Whether it’s to save the environment or your pocket, it’s a reality that electric vehicles are the cars of the future that will come to stay! Are you ready for your next ride?