As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Sadly, in the world we live in, this is something which is better said than done. We do try to prevent getting infected with cold and flu, but somehow it gets to us. Do you know that there are ways of protecting yourself from the cold and flu naturally?
Low immunity, more diseases
Common cold is caused by viruses and is highly contagious. The immunity system becomes low and thus we suffer from a running nose, sore throat, cough, headache, etc.
More, we suffer from tremendous stress and anxiety. This physical vulnerability can be avoided and taken care of in a very healthy and natural way.
How to boost immune system?
- Wash and keep your hands clean. Use clean handkerchiefs.
- Get ample rest and avoid stress. Sleep helps body to heel faster.
- Take hot showers or sauna bath, the heat relaxes you and also weakens the virus.
- Drink more juices and eat less of heavy or oily food.
- Gargle or rinse mouth with salt water.
Use natural supplements to prevent cold and flu
There are many natural supplements, found in the kitchen which can help prevent cold and flu . Just to name a few:
Ginger: Ginger helps to relieve the pain and fever as it contains antiviral elements which act as antiseptic and antioxidant. You can add ginger in tea, hot water or just mix it with your food.
Garlic: Another household supplement rich in antiviral properties. It helps to kill the viral growth in the body and curbs the mucus formation in nose and throat. It can be had plain, with soups, in food and mixed with green salads.
Onions: Onions are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic. It's also rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, etc. Onion controls fever and reduces the infection. It was believed that in the olden days, slices of onions kept in a bowl next to the bed, absorbed the germs keeping the surrounding clean. You can have it with food or as garnish.
Sage and honey: Sage is a wondrous herb rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. When mixed with honey, a conservative, it soothes the nerves.
Vitamin C: Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best source of antioxidant powerhouse better known as Vitamin C. It helps fight the common cold and flu and keeps your mind and body healthy. It is found in lemon, orange, pineapple, grapes, ginger and loads of other fruits and vegetables.
There you go, some great ways of protecting yourself from the cold and flu naturally.