Preparing for the cold and flu season is essential, especially now while the air temperatures have not yet dropped to the usual values for winter. Strengthening immunity will help to overcome these illnesses more easily and reduce recovery time. According to Dr. Ivica Cvetković and Maja Žalac, MDs in their respective fields, contributing to a stronger immune system is crucial in preventing and dealing with the cold and flu season.
Dr. Cvetković notes that while there have not been many cases of colds in his office due to warmer weather and a higher prevalence of corona, the symptoms of corona remain similar to that of the flu. There are important distinctions to consider when it comes to symptoms, as complications can differ for each illness.
For common colds, symptoms usually include a sore throat, runny nose, cough, and increased body temperature. Recovery typically takes three to five days and may have complications such as bronchitis, ear infections, and pneumonia. It is important to be on the lookout for these symptoms and to seek medical attention if there is no improvement within ten days.
The flu, on the other hand, attacks the body quickly, causing fever, muscle pain, headache, and a dry cough. The flu can last from seven to ten days, putting those with weaker immune systems at greater risk for complications such as pneumonia, ear infections, and bronchitis.
To strengthen immunity and prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season, nutrition plays a significant role. Foods rich in vitamin A, C, E, zinc, and selenium are all important. These can be found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and meats. A diet of these nutrient-rich foods can help in the fight against viruses.
Natural remedies such as elder, rosehip, willow, mallow, plantain, and thyme, combined in a tea and honey preparation, can help alleviate symptoms of colds and flu. Another remedy with almond oil, ravensara, and eucalyptus essential oil can be applied topically to the chest, back, and soles.
Finally, a homemade spray consisting of sage hydrolate, echinacea, mint, lemon, and ravens essential oils can be used preventatively during the flu season. Each of these remedies can be useful in alleviating the symptoms of colds and flu.
A healthy diet and natural remedies can go a long way in preparing for the colder months and protecting against the cold and flu season. These strategies can contribute to a stronger immune system and help alleviate symptoms if illness does occur.