As the air temperature continues to rise, it may be tempting to think that winter is still far away. However, it’s important to remember that while warmer temperatures may not necessarily signal the start of winter, they can still serve as a reminder to strengthen immunity and prepare for the cold and flu season.
Dr. Ivica Cvetković, a family medicine doctor, and Maja Žalac, a phytoaromatherapist, both emphasize the importance of being aware of the different symptoms of cold, flu, and COVID-19. While it may not be possible to completely avoid these illnesses, taking steps to strengthen your immune system can help you recover more quickly if you do become sick.
One way to do this is by eating a diet rich in antioxidants and minerals like vitamin A, C, and E; zinc; beta-carotene; and selenium. These nutrients can help boost your body’s ability to fight off infections and recover more quickly from illness. Additionally, natural remedies like elderberry tea or rosehip oil can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms when used in conjunction with a healthy diet.
In terms of specific treatments for sore throat symptoms, Dr. Cvetković recommends using sage hydrolate spray along with echinacea tincture and mint in a recipe for homemade chicken soup that can help soothe an irritated throat while also providing additional nutrients for recovery. Meanwhile Maja Žalac suggests using essential oils such as ravensara or eucalyptus for chest or body rubs when suffering from cold or flu symptoms.
Ultimately preparing for the cold and flu season involves taking proactive measures to strengthen your immune system through dietary changes and natural remedies while seeking appropriate medical treatment if necessary.