Despite its numerous beauties, the winter brings about low temperatures, and the flu season is on the rise. Sometimes, we can get away with a day of sniffling or a sore throat, but very often, people are suffering unpleasant and painful symptoms for days and even weeks, so they need to be relieved as soon as possible.
Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph.D., explains the difference between common colds and the flu:
“Most of the time, the common cold manifests with a trilogy of symptoms: a sore throat, blocked nose, and cough. There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold, but rhinoviruses are by the far the most common culprits.
Interestingly, around a quarter of people infected with a common cold virus are lucky enough not to experience any symptoms at all.
The flu is caused by the influenza virus, of which there are three types: influenza A, influenza B, and influenza C. Common colds and flu share many symptoms, but an infection with influenza often also manifests with a high temperature, aching, and cold sweats or shivers — a good way to tell the two apart.”
When it comes to natural remedies, garlic is the most powerful natural antibiotic, as the compound, it contains, allicin, provides strong anti-microbial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.
Allicin powder has been found to relieve the symptoms of a cold by more than 50%. It is rich in numerous vitamins and nutrients that fight the symptoms of common colds and the flu.
Moreover, garlic helps digestion, strengthens the immune and circulatory system, fights allergies, reduces plaque buildup in the arteries, treats inflammation and upper respiratory tract infections, soothes a sore throat, prevents weight gain, eliminates parasites, and lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, ginger is one of the most effective natural remedies in the treatment of fevers, colds, digestive issues, nausea, arthritis, and other health issues. It has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal qualities, so it is of great help in the fight against colds and the flu.
Therefore, if you combine these two superfoods, you will get an excellent natural remedy against sinus infections, colds, and the flu.
The following soup recipe has been consumed for hundreds of years, and it is the combination you need now:
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced
- 50g of grated root ginger
- 4 green onions, finely sliced
- 1 finely diced medium-hot chili pepper
- 7 cups of chicken broth or stock
In a large pot, over low heat, sauté the ginger, onions, and garlic for a few minutes. Then, add the stock or broth, and bring the mixture to boil. Simmer until the ingredients are softened, add the chili pepper, and serve with warm, crusty bread.
Enjoy and boost your health in a delicious way!