Beat a cold: Tips for a Healthy Winter


Colds don’t happen on time. Active work, communication with family, interesting leisure, and all kinds of entertainment, and then there is a cough, runny nose, and other “joys” of illness. It is especially offensive to observe the condition preceding the disease and understand that nothing can be done, the disease is inevitable. Or is it still possible? Often a lot depends on ourselves. Let's start with prevention. At this stage, our task is to strengthen the body's immune system. Many healthy lifestyle tools are good here - nutrition balanced with vitamins and minerals, physical activity, hardening, keeping the mouth clean, and consuming special foods and medications. And you don’t need to run to the pharmacy for immunity - this means fermented milk products and herbal immunomodulators.

These include echinacea, ginseng, aloe, St. John's wort, etc. As well as phytoncide-containing plants - garlic, onion, horseradish, mustard, which are indispensable in winter. Regularly taking vitamins and observing protective measures in public places is also never superfluous.

And if the cold has already “caught”. There is no need to despair, it is possible to cope with the disease within one to three days, but for this, you need to switch to home mode. At the first signs of cold, you should start taking vitamin C regularly in a higher dose. This vitamin promotes active antiviral protection. A simple recipe for Tibetan medicinal tea is also good. Add a tablespoon of chopped ginger root, a spoonful of honey, and a circle of lemon to a glass of boiling water. This recipe has two contraindications - an allergy to honey and increased acidity of gastric juice. In such cases, we simply replace tea with a glass of boiled water. For everyone else, good health. The components of the drink have a powerful healing effect, promote deep warming, and cleanse the body of mucus, which is often the cause of colds.

A runny nose is often eliminated in the early stages by simply rinsing the nasal cavity with salted water. And for cough - a remedy familiar from childhood, milk and honey. If you have a sore throat, various gargles will come to the rescue, the simplest of which is a solution of sea salt in water.

But all these simple home remedies are good for uncomplicated colds. If you have the slightest suspicion of the flu or other serious infection, fever, aching joints, or rapid deterioration in your condition, you should immediately call a doctor. In these cases, self-medication can be dangerous, and only competent intervention by a specialist will lead to a quick recovery and the absence of complications.


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