Viral infections are most common season diseases that are characteristic for autumn time. The sudden temperature changes significantly disturb our immune system and we get stuck with cough, congested nose that can at times cause complications in the respiratory organs. This doesn’t mean that you should go to the doctor immediately and pack yourself with medication. All you need is few natural remedies that will improve your health condition without any side effects.
When fall comes we spend a lot more time indoor and it may be the first point of increased risks of these kinds of infections. These infections are caused by numerous viruses that get to our organism. The virus usually gets to the organism through the eyes, nose or mouth and if the immune system is weakened it can’t fight it and it will multiply and causing various disorders.
SYMPTOMS OF VIRAL INFECTIONS
Runny nose, sneezing and weakness are main symptoms that are characteristic for virus infections, weather it is cold, flu or allergy. But there are differences that will sure help you distinct these conditions.
Common cold or simply just cold is viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract.It is contagious and you can easily get it when in contact with a person that has the cold. It is very common in cold autumn days because our work and living areas are then closed. Science today is familiar with over 200 different viruses that can cause cold, but we can still protect ourselves only with help of nature.
Colds are first affecting the nose and then goes down the respiratory organs. Some of the most common symptoms of cold are followed with symptoms as runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, teary eyes, hoarseness, and in cases of more intense cold symptoms like headache, ear pain, loss of appetite and exhaustion may appear. Colds often last shorter period are followed with productive cough and in just rare cases increased body temperature. Complications may occur in rare cases. Cold are usually treated with increased intake of fluids, vitamin C, fresh squeezed juices, soups. You can protect from colds by thoroughly washing your hands.
Flu or influenza is acute viral disease of airways that is followed with increased body temperature, headache, body pain, sore throat and dry cough. The symptoms will appear 3 days after you get the virus and the disease can last up to a week depending of the ability of the ability of your immune system to fight the disease.
Some patients with flu can also experience secondary complications that may be fatal.
It is also transferred through air or in contact with a sick person and is characteristic for autumn and winter.
Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly.
Teary eyes, sneezing and headache are also symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It is reaction to dust and pollen. It usually goes without increased body temperature and can result with secondary complications as sinusitis. Treatment also includes anti-allergic medication.
TREATING VIRUS INFECTIONS
Everyone will probably agree that prevention is the best treatment for all kinds of virus infections. Your immune system needs to be in perfect shape so it can deal with all the virus that attack your organism.
To improve the condition of the immune system you need a lot of fruits and vegetables that will provide you with vitamins and minerals that your organism needs.
Vitamins and minerals you need
Vitamin A has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can lower the sensitivity to viruses. You can find it in eggs, fish oil, butter.
Beta-carotene is a pigment with strong anti-inflammatory properties and can boost the immune system. You can find it in fruits and vegetables with bright colors especially orange as carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato
Vitamin C can also help you deal with infections and improve healing. . Yu can get it from fresh berries, peppers, kiwi and citrus.
Vitamin E can also act anti inflammatory, and also improves the reaction of the organism to vacines so that you have better protection. Find it in spinach, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, wheat sprouts.
Vitamin D is what you need to protect your body from cancer, heart diseases, dementia but also cold and flu. You can get it from fatty fish, egg yolk, milk, mushrooms.
Vitamin B5, B6, B12- these vitamins can increase your energy levels and that way help you deal with infections. Whole grain cereal, nuts, seeds and yogurt can be some of best sources of this vitamin.
zinc is the number one mineral that boosts up your immune system. you have it in foods like potato, turnip, onion, garlic, celery, radishes, ginger, almonds and sea food.
Iron has the main role in transporting oxygen to body cells. When you are deficient with this mineral you are prone to infections and tired. Find it in leafy green vegetables, red meat and raisins.
Magnesium acts anti-inflammatory, strengthens the immune system, muscles and bones. Food like avocado, leafy greens, almonds and brown rice.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR VIRUS INFECTIONS
Ginger works great against all kinds of virus infections but it can also be used as prevention. Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of grated ginger root. Cover and let aside for 10 minutes. Drink all at once. You can add honey to taste. This drink will soon reduce all symptoms of virus infections.
Lemon and honey
Add a teaspoon of hone in a juice of one lemon and add 1/2 glass of warm water. Mix all well and drink to 3-5 times a day. It will improve your immune system and also help releave symptoms of viral infections.
Honey, horseradish and sage
This natural remedy works perfectly for all kinds of viral infections and it will also boost your system. Mince 100 grams of horseradish and 200 grams of sage leaves and add it all in 500 grams of honey. Mix well until it is all homogenized mass. Store in a glass container and keep away from light. Eat a teaspoon of the remedy every morning on empty stomach and before you go to sleep.
ANTIBIOTICS AND VIRUS INFECTIONS
Antibiotics are medication that are used to treat bacterial infection and WILL NOT WORK against any kind of viral infection. They will not make you feel better and speed up the process of healing, therefore it is better not to use them because they can have serious side effects on your organism.