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Winter is Coming – 10 Quick Tips For Maintaining Health Throughout The Cold Months

Updated: Dec 3, 2018


1. Vitamin C plays an important role in our bodies and has many health benefits. Along with limes, oranges, grapefruits, and other fruits and vegetables, lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Adding fresh lemon juice to hot tea with honey may reduce phlegm.



2. To gain more Vitamin C quicker, high concentrated vitamin C pills might help. Studies show that an increase in vitamin C consumption lead to quicker recoveries and help prevent infections in the first place.



3. The health benefits of ginger root have been touted for centuries, but now we have scientific proof of its curative properties. For example, one study found that just 1 gram of ginger can alleviate clinical nausea of diverse causes.



4. A British investigation published in February 2017 concluded that taking vitamin D supplements can help protect against colds, the flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. Dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs, salmon, tuna and mackerel, but the amounts are not significant.



5. The spicy substance in chilies is capsaicin, and works on the body`s pain nerves. The body is sent the message that it is burning. The happiness hormones (endorphins) are then released, and the bodily fluids and circulation are stimulated. This ensures that the white blood cells can work better. Fresh chilies also contain a large amount of vitamins (Vitamin C) and minerals.



6. Zinc has become a popular treatment for the common cold. Some studies have found that zinc supplements may reduce the duration of cold, by as much as 50%.



7. Garlic contains the compound allicin, which may have antimicrobial properties. Adding a garlic supplement to your diet might reduce the severity of cold symptoms. According to some research, it might even help you avoid getting sick in the first place.



8. An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, and this might even be true. An apple contains many vitamins and minerals, especially the amounts of vitamin C and potassium are comparatively high. The contained flavonoids (phytochemicals) have a positive effect on the immune system as well.



9. Researchers in Britain have found evidence that the popular herbal tea of chamomile may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds. It is also very gentle and works best if consumed regularly.



10. Finally, gargling with salt water may help prevent upper respiratory infections. It may also decrease the severity of cold symptoms. For example, it can help easing sore throat pain and nasal congestion.


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Sources:


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