Although we tend to associate colds, flu and colds As infectious diseases exclusive to the autumn and winter months, the truth is that during the summer months they can also appear and appear. For example, it is true that a cold tends to be more common in summer than a flu, since the virus that causes this disease tends to contract especially in colder times.
But as many experts say, the flu and the cold are not just winter diseases . Yes, given that during the summer months the environment tends to be warmer due to an increase in temperatures, it is necessary that the immune system is weakened or in poor form.
This means that although the virus does not present so much incidence during these months, it is enough that the organism is favorable to the infection so that the contagion occurs easily.
The main causes of flu and colds in summer
While during the winter months it is common for there to be a decrease in our defenses due to the decrease in daylight hours, the change of season and the arrival of cold (which ultimately influence a hormonal imbalance), during the summer there are other elements that may influence the decrease in the strengthening of our immune system and that ultimately tend to be more prone to infection.
Among those causes and most common and habitual elements we can mention the following:
- Air conditioner : Who has not had a cold with air conditioning? Whether in the car or entering a store, the excessive use of air conditioning can influence the spread of colds and flu especially due to the change in temperature that occurs from heat to cold in a few seconds. In fact, they are considered one of the main causes as they lower the defenses of our body, when the virus 'take advantage' to attack our immune system.
- Low fluid intake : during the summer, since we tend to sweat a lot and therefore dehydrate more easily, it is very important to maintain adequate hydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Drink very cold drinks : when drinking cold or very cold drinks our throat suffers, becoming an ideal place for the infection to take its course.
- Prolonged exposure to the sun : although sun exposure, carried out safely using sunscreens in an appropriate manner, is very beneficial, it is not so much if we pass, since it tends to cause certain 'stress' in our immune system.
- Follow an unhealthy and balanced diet : during the summer, especially during the holidays, it is more common to eat anything and also bad, especially if we are on the beach or in the pool. As a consequence, nutritional deficits can be suffered that then influence a decrease in the defenses.
How to treat the flu and the cold in summer naturally
Infusion of ginger
He ginger is, probably, one of the most effective natural options when it comes to helping us to reduce the most annoying symptoms of a cold or flu, since it exerts an antibacterial, analgesic and antipyretic action, helping us undoubtedly to feel much better.
To prepare the infusion you only need a spoonful of fresh grated ginger and incorporate it into a cup of boiling water. Squeeze half a lemon and add its juice to the infusion. Then, if you wish, you can add honey to sweeten.
Over the eucalyptus fumes We have already spoken to you on other occasions. Also known as eucalyptus sprays , they are very useful because They help relieve throat irritation and also open the airways , thanks to its recognized expectorant action.
To prepare the vapors or vaporizations you need to heat water. When it boils turn off the fire and incorporate it in a large bowl or a large vessel. Then add eucalyptus leaves or a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Put a towel on your head, covering your face, and try to breathe all the steam released by the eucalyptus.
Infusion of garlic, lemon and honey
He Garlic It is known as a powerful superfood, ideal to fight a wide variety of diseases thanks to Provides antiseptic properties especially useful for the body to be able to better combat the flu, the cold and other infections. We owe this quality to the presence of Allicin , the main compound of garlic.
Although you can eat crushed garlic directly, if you feel bad you can choose to do it in infusion. To do this, peel two small garlic cloves and cut them very finely. Then prepare an infusion with the equivalent of one cup of water. While the water boils part a lemon in half and squeeze it to get all its juice. Once the water boils add the finely chopped garlic, the lemon juice and a little honey . Ready!.
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