Cold and flu have the similar symptoms and therefore many people confuse them, but they are health conditions caused by two completely different viruses. In this article, we will reveal you how to distinguish symptoms of cold and flu and how to fight common cold symptoms.
Flu: a respiratory infection caused by influenza, in which the patient has a fever over 38°C as well as muscle and joint pain.
Cold: a viral respiratory infection that can be caused by different viruses (Rinovirus, Parainfluenza, etc.). When an individual has a common cold, it is normal to have a runny nose, dry cough, sneezing or throat pain.
Relieving a cold is a essential necessity since it is a viral illness occurring very commonly among people. It is very common when we are in cold climates. This viral illness is known to cause:
• nasal congestion
• throat pain
• other symptoms
Fighting cold symptoms
A study published by the American Medical Association says that this plant is considered the most recommended by professionals for relieving cold symptoms. Thanks to its antibacterial properties that fight nasal congestion and strengthen our immune system.
A ginger infusion is a natural recipe will help relieve a cold:
• Ginger root (10 g)
• Water (250 ml)
• Lemon and honey (optional)
• Chop up the ginger and add it to a cup with boiling water for 5 minutes.
• Once it is ready, strain it and add the lemon juice and you can use a little bit of honey to improve its taste.
Due to its powerful natural antibacterial and expectorant properties, garlic is recomended to be eaten regularly as it helps to reduce nasal congestion, and noticeably helps to relieve colds.
Though we don’t like it as it makes us cry when we are cooking, this vegetable is rich in nutrients that disinfect mucous, calm cough and alleviate pulmonary congestion.
To strengthen our immune system you should consume it periodically r place half of one our stand so that we smell its aroma.
This food, which is abundant in vitamins and minerals like zinc and selenium, helps to keep us healthy and strong. Eggs contain natural proteins, and thus help in building muscle mass, keeping our body’s defenses working and relieving cold symptoms.
Nutritionists and healthy professionals strongly recommend eating pumpkin due to its high amount of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A when consumed, which is essential for keeping our defenses strong and preventing harmful microorganisms from entering the body.
One of the most recurring pieces of advice that we are given when we have a cold is to eat pumpkin soup because it strengthens our defenses. To prepare it you will need:
• Pumpkin cut up into pieces (250 g)
• Onion cut up into pieces (1 onion)
• Peeled garlic cloves (3 units)
• Water (2 l)
• Salt and pepper to taste
• First, cook all of the vegetables in a pot over a low flame for 45 minutes.
• When soften, transfer them to the blender with a cup and a half of the broth that is in the pot, process it for 5 minutes at medium speed until you have a smooth, homogenous texture.
Lemons are well-known by its powerful antibiotic, depurative and antibacterial properties, essential for treating colds. Furthermore, they have high concentration of vitamin C which helps to strengthen your defenses. This helps you avoid and fight disease and cold symptoms.
To treat a common cold, it is advisable to add juice from half a lemon and a few teaspoons of honey to a cup of hot water. You should drink it in the morning on an empty stomach right after waking up until your throat pain has gone away.
A study published by the Institute of Agrifood Technology of Spain, beans claims that beans act as a natural anti-flu due to their properties that reinforce the immune system. Among the most popular are: