Cold & Flu
Winter is one harsh season, where people are exposed to many infections due to several factors; most notably climate change and cold weather. Respiratory infections are one of the most common health problems, because our airways are considered to be a part of the external environment. The presence of microbes is continuous, and, though they do not harm us constantly, eventually they start breaking our first line of defense, namely, the membranes of the digestive and respiratory systems. Factors that facilitate this invasion include lack of sleep, unhealthy food, extreme stress or exposure to cold air, all of which cause a drop in our immune system, which in turn allows these germs to cause infections and symptoms in this area such as sore throat, colds and flu, and sinusitis, among others.
It is therefore logical to treat these problems by supporting the immune system and strengthening the defenses of the digestive and respiratory system – not just to calm the symptoms or relieve the pain – so that the infection does not recur many times
- Eat more Vegetables and vegetable soups such as spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, radishes and watercress because they are high in antioxidants, beta-carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C that help raise immunity and resist bacteria.
- Apples are rich in Flavonoids that aid in relieving colds, coughs and bronchitis.
- Proteins in meat, chicken, fish, eggs and yogurt, as well as lentils, beans and chickpeas play an important role in resistance to colds because they are responsible for the formation of antibodies that protect the body against germs, especially in the winter.
- Fruits and fresh juices are rich in minerals, vitamins and anti-inflammatory agents.
- Mushrooms provide the body with great immunity. They help to produce white blood cells.
- Avoid high saturated fats in margarine, processed meat and milk. Instead, use cold pressed linseed oil and olive oil, as well as nuts & seeds.
- Drink more water, fresh juices and herbal teas. Take one of these fluids every hour. Eat 2-3 cups of raw yogurt rich in zinc and beneficial colon bacteria to support your resistance to infection.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Vitamins and minerals supplements (especially vitamin A, C, E and zinc): Important for the healing and immune support.
- Fish oil: Contains omega 3 fatty acids that reduce respiratory infections and calm cough symptoms.
- Wheatgrass: Is a concentrated source of vitamins A, B, E, K, zinc and iron to support the respiratory immunity and fight infections.
- Bee Propolis: is one of the strongest antioxidants and inflammation in nature. It has an analgesic effect and anti-inflammation of the lining muscles of the trachea, making it a great benefit for chest infections.
- Mountain honey: is an excellent tonic for immunity and improves the immune performance due to its high content of antioxidants.
- Echinacea: The world’s best-selling herbal remedy for colds and upper respiratory infections.
- Nigella and its oil: Are often used against the inflammation of the respiratory system.
- Royal jelly: acts as an immune tonic due to its unique content of 10-hydroxy-decanoic acid.
- Siberian Ginseng: Is a tonic for the body during stress and recovery.
- Garlic and onion: Are two bactericidal agents and anti-inflammatory herbs that combat infection.
- Ginger, cinnamon and chili: They increase blood flow, mucus secretion and speed detoxification.
- Sage and Thyme: cleanse the airways, expel mucus and improve breathing.
- Camphor & peppermint oil: When inhaled, they reduce congestion and expel secretions.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.