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The days are getting shorter, the sun creeps behind clouds. In autumnal bad weather, the defenses are strongly challenged. The constant change between heated rooms and rain and cold outside makes the body vulnerable to the attacks of cold and flu viruses. So take the time to counteract. Regular walks or sports in the fresh air do the immune system several times: exercise increases the number of immune cells, and because the blood circulation is also stimulated, they are optimally distributed throughout the body. In addition, the organism learns during outdoor activities to adapt better to changing temperature stimuli even in the cold. A similar effect have frequent sauna visits.
Horseradish even offers flu excitement. It's best to enjoy it freshly grated
The diet should be rich in vital substances. Ideal is local fruits and vegetables, which has no long transport routes behind, so many healthy ingredients are preserved. In order for the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract to ward off pathogens, they need zinc. The trace element is for example in cheese and oatmeal. In addition, you should drink plenty of water. Cold protection also offers many plants. Rosehip, sea buckthorn and rowan berries provide plenty of vitamin C, which supports the work of immune cells. You can make marmalade from mountain ash berries, and simmer a handful of the fruit in half a liter of water for 30 minutes to give a good gargle solution against hoarseness and sore throat. The red sunhat (Echinacea purpurea) can strengthen its defenses in a very targeted manner.
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Medicinal herbs for the immune system
Full of vital substances is the sea buckthorn. Daily one to two tablespoons of juice are an excellent cold protection
A tea made of mistletoe leaves has anti-inflammatory and strengthens the defense. But you should make a cold extract, then the weakly toxic substances do not dissolve
The resins of the rockrose are able to fight viruses and bacteria. A tea or lozenges from extracts of the plant can often avert a cold, if you take them right at the first sign
The resistance to pathogens of all kinds increases the Taiga root (Eleutherococcus senticosus). It is only available as finished drug (pharmacy)
The berries of the mountain ash support the immune system with an extra portion of vitamin C. A gargle solution of the cooked fruits is ideal for hoarseness
Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is hardly known. He strengthens the defense and also helps with bronchitis. For a tea, brew two teaspoons of cabbage with a cup of water. Let it rest for ten minutes, drink one to three cups a day. You can grow the undemanding plant very well in the garden
The Taiga root, the Wasserdost and Andorn have this effect. This also applies to the mistletoe tea. Because the ingredients are very delicate, a teaspoon of the dried leaves must be placed overnight in a cup of cold water for the tea. Then strain the infusion in the morning and drink only slightly warmed up. The cistus is one of the plants that can make cold and flu viruses harmless - as proven by scientific studies. Tea or extracts have a preventative effect, but also accelerate the healing process if you already have a cough and runny nose. The mustard oils in horseradish also fight against pathogens. The root regularly consumes, protects and strengthens the respiratory tract. In case of cold, it helps to inhale the fumes of freshly grated horseradish. -
Oil pulling cleans mouth and throat
Sesame oil as a natural remedy
In order to prevent colds, but also to ensure healthy teeth and strong gums, the so-called oil pulling is used in Indian Ayurveda. In the morning, after getting up before drinking something, take a tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth. It is now constantly in the mouth for 5 to 20 minutes, chewing it gently and pulling it through the teeth. Then you spit the oil out again and brushes your teeth with normal toothpaste. The procedure has the effect of removing toxins and pathogens from the entire oral cavity - including caries bacteria and cold viruses.