Flu, colds - useful products for the treatment and prevention of

During the epidemic of influenza and colds should pay attention to the menu. Do focus on products that enhance the immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects.

Ginger

Ginger root is rich in essential oils, amino acids, and various vitamins. The unique composition has on the antibacterial, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic and expectorant action. Since ancient times, the miracle root used for colds for making medicinal drinks. One of those in the 70-ies of the XIX century came up with the doctor and the pharmacist Thomas Cantrell, mix the ginger, sugar and carbonated water. This drink we know as ginger ale, but initially it was a cocktail, which was used exclusively for medical purposes.

Ginger ale

Ingredients:

- 2 cups of water.
- 3/4 cup turbinado cane sugar.
- 1 tbsp grated ginger.
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons).
- 15 leaves of lemon verbena (optional).
- 5 peas of black pepper, plus 3 if the leaves of lemon verbena.
- A bit of grated nutmeg.
- 1/8 tsp salt.
- 1/4 tsp Champagne yeast.

Preparation:

For the preparation you need quite a small amount of nutmeg. Take a grater to zest citrus and nutmeg, and slide it across the grater a couple of times - this amount would be sufficient. Mix in a saucepan the sugar and water and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from heat, then add the ginger, lemon juice, pepper, nutmeg, lemon verbena leaves (if you are using) and salt. Leave to infuse for at least one hour.

Replace the bottle crow and pour the liquid into it. The rest of the bottle fill with water, leaving the top few centimeters. Add yeast. Close the bottle tightly give brew the beverage in the dark at room temperature for about 48 hours. The cover of the finished beverage unscrew very slowly to relieve pressure. If you do not want the contents of the bottle was on the floor, open the better gradually, releasing a few millimeters and then waiting about a minute.
Uncork the bottle, the contents of the strain through a sieve into glasses. Strained drink is ready for use.

Garlic

Garlic has long been used for the preparation of medicinal potions for folk recipes. These drugs then strengthens the immune system, were treated for colds, flu and cough. The therapeutic effect of garlic is due to the incoming of the sulfur-containing compound allicin. To enhance its therapeutic properties of garlic necessarily need to cut or chop. The released enzymes quickly and effectively kill viruses and bacteria, including some of those that were resistant to antibiotics.

Bow

Like garlic, onions are popular among the people means to treat colds. All the same therapeutic effect of allicin increase vitamins and active substances. Through this "heavy artillery" bow has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal action, killing viruses and bacteria and improves the immune system. For therapeutic effect it is necessary to eat at least half a medium onion.

Cayenne pepper

The sharpest spice has a number of medicinal properties. Included in the matter and vitamin have antimicrobial, diaphoretic and expectorant effect. In addition to burning spice increases circulation and helps to warm up, it still reduces nasal congestion and eliminate the mucus in the nose and throat.