During the colder months, when the sun exposure is reduced and the exposure to viruses of colds and flu is increased, it is important to develop a strategy which will protect you and your family. There are many natural ways how to prevent and speed up the recovery from colds and flu.
The most important of all is to sleep enough and stay physically active. If you ignore these two factors, nothing else will give the desired effect.
Remember that for children, it is normal to be infected with the virus five times a year, and for adults two times. In this way we naturally strengthen the immunity. The disease is not necessarily a sign of a weak immune system, but the duration and intensity of the disease determine the strength of the immune system.
Drink warm water with lemon
The lemons are ideal for balancing the pH of the body. In the morning, as soon as you get up, drink warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The lemon reduces the acidity of the body, and we all know that bacteria and viruses like acidity. The apple cider vinegar is also a good way to regulate the acidity, but the lemons are better accepted by children as well.
Increase the water intake
Most headaches are caused by lack of water intake. Headaches are only one of the consequences of the lack of water intake. Next, the most common, is the weakened immunity because the cells in the body cannot function normally. Make sure that you take enough water every day, either through teas, soups, stews or simply, water.
Reduce the intake of coffee
The caffeine dehydrates the body and can interfere with the absorption of some vitamins and minerals. If you drink coffee, for every 250ml of coffee you should drink 500ml of water. In this way you will enable your body to function normally and you will give strength to the immunity.
Reduce the sugar intake
If you want to do just one thing for strengthening the immune system, then you should reduce the sugar intake. Within a few days you will notice that your energy is increased. If you have a sweet tooth, you should choose natural sugars. Some of the best choices are brown sugar and stevia.
Increase the protein intake
Proteins are essential for building a strong and resistant body, mind and immune system. A diet low in protein is the most dangerous for the health because it usually means an excessive intake of carbohydrates that the body turns into glucose very quickly. This will cause a sudden change in blood sugar levels and put the work of the immune system and the thyroid under additional, extremely unnecessary effort.
Increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
In them you will find almost everything your body needs: antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibers and enzymes. The nutritional values you receive by eating fresh fruits and vegetables are invaluable. You will protect all cells in the body, including the immune cells as well. Choose dark colors (berries, kale, spinach), because they contain the most flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants.
Do not hide from the cold
The cool and fresh air does wonders for your immunity. Most of us spend even 90% of the time in the closed rooms, breathing filtered air and germs of other people. Therefore, you should try to use every opportunity to stay in a cool fresh air in nature. Studies have shown that staying in nature can stimulate the work of the thyroid gland, the gland which significantly participates in the control of the functioning of the body cells.
Choose the supplements wisely!
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that will help in the treatment of viral diseases.
The oregano oil has powerful antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Echinacea strengthens the immune system and eases the coughing.
Vitamin D has a strong antimicrobial effect, and the lack of it can increase the risk of flu, colds and other infections.
Beta carotene protects and heals the membrane of the respiratory system.
The zinc eases the pain in the throat and strengthens the immunity.