Bed rest and chicken soup shorten the duration of a cold
If you have a cold or cough, our grandparents advised you: hot chicken soup and lots of bed rest. Today we know that this ancient home remedy is one of the most effective treatments that restore our health naturally.
Scientific studies have confirmed that soup containing protein and vitamins can significantly shorten the duration of the disease. Research at the University of Nebraska has shown that “chicken soup blocks certain white blood cells (neutrophils) in the body that are responsible for inflammation.” These neutrophils are released in large numbers during viral infections such as the common cold or upper respiratory tract infections. In addition, “the effect of the amino acid cysteine found in chicken broth has been analyzed in numerous studies.” Thus, the protein is “anti-inflammatory and has an anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes.” In addition, “chicken soup contains a significant amount of the mineral zinc – bound to the protein building block histidine.” Zinc is also said to have an extremely positive effect on colds.
Home remedies for colds
Other home remedies, such as hot lemon, nasal rinses, inhalations, or sweating, may speed recovery. First of all, the body needs rest to protect itself. Therefore, bed rest is a priority. Painkillers should only be taken when symptoms such as body aches are almost unbearable. The body forces them to force people to rest.
You can get the flu not only in winter. On average, we catch colds four times a year. At the moment, more than 200 different cold viruses are known. As soon as the immune system settles in and fights the virus, other invaders sneak in to cause a cold. A cold usually lasts four to eight days.
Visiting the sauna, eating healthy and getting enough sleep
Although people can contract a flu-like infection year-round, the incidence rate is much higher in the winter. This is mainly due to the fact that we are exposed to huge temperature fluctuations and there are differences in humidity due to heated rooms. This lowers the body’s defenses and makes us more susceptible to pathogens. We can protect ourselves by going to the sauna, following a vitamin diet and getting enough sleep. It strengthens our immune system. (sb)
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This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.