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How to protect yourself against colds?

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The time before autumn rainy and cold aura can be spent quite pleasantly on tours and getting to know the world in all shades of brown and gold. But how to protect against treacherous weather and how to strengthen the body against the wave of colds and flu?

It’s is the time in the year, when all illnesses start. The most prone to it are those, who try to stop summer – they wear light clothes, ignoring the treacherous cold wind. As soon as the sun will shine a little stronger, they behave as if it was still July. Then are those, who remember about the suitable clothing, but their body isn’t strong enough to fight the virus attack. It sounds like everyone, without exception, may get ill. So is there any chance to protect ourselves against the illness?

Forewarned is forearmed

The autumn menu should include the dishes with onions, garlic and turnips. At this time of the year, we don’t want us to drink as often as during the summer heat, but we have to remember to hydrate the body. Hot tea, mineral water, juices, homemade fruit compote or whatever drink you prefer. Within the framework of prevention, we can also drink ginger tea with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice.

If someone had already got cold outside, the most important thing after returning home is to increase the body temperature. Preferably in a hot bath with aromatic oils. Eucalyptus oil is known for its antiseptic properties and is often used for steam baths. Similar effects will be achieved when we use rosemary or pine oil, you can also choose marjoram and soda (for 1 liter of boiling water use 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon marjoram – spend about a quarter in this inhalation).

Warm water will help us to relax the whole body or only foot, which will stimulate the blood circulation and the body's defensive reactions. An additional relaxation after bath will be a cup of hot tea with raspberry syrup – it’ll warm us from the inside.

When the virus attacks

In the fight against a runny nose, cough and fever very useful will be syrup made of onions. It’s very easy to make: just pour sugar on the sliced ​​onion and wait until it produces juice. It’s similar when it comes to beet syrup and – a version for the brave ones – from horseradish. Equally relieving is orange juice, carrot juice and decoction of parsley (Boil approx. 0.2 kg of parsley in 1 liter of water and drink the tea before bedtime). Sore throat can be treated with a rinse of water with salt.

Autumn can painfully remind that the summer is over. Especially to those, who have forgotten that they should replace short sleeves for sweater or jacket. We should take care of ourselves properly to avoid headaches, runny nose and sore throat.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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