21 Jun Cold and Flu Part 2
In continuation of our previous topic on Part 1 of cold and flu season. We have other home remedies that can be used during a cold and flu season. These tips below can help you feel better if you can apply 2 or more during a cold or flu:
Vitamin D-3 may be a useful supplement to prevent or reduce the chances of getting a cold. It was discovered in a study that a link between vitamin D supplementation and a reduced frequency of colds in students. People living in colder climates may also find that a supplement boosts their vitamin D levels during the winter months, when their skin may not get much exposure to sunlight.
Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, which both have antibacterial effects. People traditionally use essential oils containing thymol to relieve headaches, diarrhea, and coughs.
People may find that taking oregano oil, cooking with it or rubbing it on the chest helps relieve cold symptoms.
Reducing stress and sleeping well
Stress or poor sleep may increase the risk of getting a cold or the flu. We definitely know that lowering stress levels through mindfulness meditation practices or exercise reduces the risk of getting one of these illnesses.
People who participated in a mindfulness meditation or exercise program lost fewer work days due to illness than people that lived more of a stationary existence, it has also been found that people who slept for fewer hours were more susceptible to colds, weight gain and a decrease in recovery from movement.
Probiotics are live bacteria that support gut health and may help prevent people from getting colds or touches of flu. They can help protect the immune system against flu viruses. We have seen that in a controlled trial, there were fewer instances of colds in people who were taking probiotics than in those who were not.
People can purchase probiotic supplements in health food stores or online. Probiotics are also present in many foods, including:
North American ginseng
Ginseng has had great improvements by help reduce symptoms of cold or flu. We can consume ginseng raw or as herbal tea, herbal products containing North American ginseng especially has had a fantastic result in reducing the risk and duration of cold and flu symptoms in older adults.
Berries contain polyphenols, which have antiviral properties which help to fight flu viruses. Research has shown that elderberries can reduce symptoms of the flu and that a cranberry beverage could help support immune function. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are also good sources of vitamin C, which can be great support the immune system.
Vitamin C is vital for keeping the immune system healthy. Many people believe that it may help reduce the frequency of colds. Although there is no scientific evidence to show that taking vitamin C prevents colds or reduces symptoms during a cold, researchers have suggested that a regular intake of vitamin C could benefit some people in these ways. Citrus fruits and avocados contain high levels of vitamin C and should be high on your food intake list coming into winter.
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