2021 October 22 4 min read

Crysis and flu - What do we need to know about it? And what is the solution against them? Well, the common cold remains a significant burden on society, 95 percent of which is caused by viruses. I bring this up because one of the main problems with colds and flu is not the disease itself, but the many ways we try to treat them. These so-called solutions very often use our immune system, which can prolong or make our illness worse if we catch a cold or the flu.

Everyone should be aware by now that antibiotics do not kill viruses. Despite this, more than 90 percent of antibiotics are used inappropriately, because they are unfortunately often prescribed for viral diseases.

But what causes colds and flu anyway?

Colds are caused by many viruses. The primary culprits are so-called rhinoviruses, but they also include coronavirus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory giant cell virus, adenovirus and more. The infection is usually acquired by touching a contaminated object or by touching the eyes, nose or mouth after shaking hands with an infected person.

Influenza virus, on the other hand, is caused by one of the three types of influenza virus: A, B or C. It is primarily spread by inhalation, when an infected person sneezes or coughs near an uninfected person. Viral infection is behind the majority of sore throats, sinus congestion and discharge, and severe coughing.

But there is good news! We have a very efficient immune system, which, with ideal nutrition, can fight off milder infections without the help of medication.

Let's see what the solution can be if we get a little sick?

How could we alleviate the symptoms? "We're not mitigating, instead we're providing our body with what it needs to do its job." Which means we rest more, eat well and let the body do its immune functions without interfering with any drugs or antibiotics.

To do:

  • Eat more vegetable soup or bone broth. The bone broth must be cooked on a slow fire for at least 24 hours and at the end of the process it must be added with vegetables and spices. Complete food, it contains a lot of collagen and minerals, which strengthen the immune system. Use healthy spices that are free of additives and season with Himalayan salt.

  • Increased fluid intake!Influenza can easily cause dehydration, especially if it is accompanied by a fever, so make sure your body has plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages,after all, caffeine has a diuretic effect.
  • Let's increase the intake of vitamin C!For those who do not consume enough raw fruits and vegetables and therefore have low levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants, as well as phytochemicals that support the immune system, it is especially important to take vitamin C! When we are sick, we can even take a double dose or consume as much lemon liquid as possible.
  • Consume as much resveratrol as possible!This phytochemical compound is found in the red skin of grapes, berries and peanuts.If you are immunocompromised or susceptible to infections, you should consider taking resveratrol regularly, as it is a very powerful antioxidant and immune booster, which, according to studies, seems to eliminate inflammation and even fight aging
  • Let's take Zink!Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in the functioning of the immune system – a nutrient in which many people are unfortunately deficient. The recommended daily intake of zinc is 15 milligrams, but if you are sick, feel free to take a double dose for a few days, because zinc helps your immune system and fights infections. Zinc supplementation also reduces the incidence of pneumonia and the frequency of antibiotic use and shortens the duration of colds and flu by one or more days.Zinc-rich foods:eg oysters, Alaskan king crab, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, broccoli and kale.
  • Let's take vitamin D!Vitamin D is a very special substance, it is more like a hormone than a vitamin and is not really found in food. It is often called the sunshine vitamin. Adequate amounts of vitamin D can reduce viral infection by modulating the immune system, increasing the effectiveness of key immune players. Many people do not know, but it is recommended to always consume vitamin D in combination with vitamin K2, because vitamin K2 helps the absorption of vitamin D in our body. That is why you often see vitamin D in combination with vitamin K2.What is the daily vitamin D requirement for an adult? – For adults, a daily intake of 1,500-2,000 international units is recommended.
  • Let's rest!By resting, we help our own body in the fight against pathogens. We must also pay attention to sufficient sleep at night, because the right amount and quality of sleep helps the immune system to function effectively, so it would be important to have a full 8-hour sleep cycle every day.
  • Let's consume elderberry extract!Black elderberry juice is widely used to treat colds and flu. According to studies, black elderberry extract (2-3 tablespoons for adults and 1-4 teaspoons for children, depending on age) can inhibit the reproduction of influenza viruses and shorten the duration of flu symptoms, while increasing the level of antibodies that fight the virus. These berries have beneficial properties that increase the body's defense against viral infections, especially influenza. Elderberry inhibits the attachment of the virus to cell receptors. If the entry of the virus into the cells is obstructed, it cannot replicate itself and this reduces the severity of the infection.

We hope that we have been able to help you with useful tips and we wish everyone good health!