I - infection
An infection is usually triggered by bacteria or viruses. As a flu infection is usually called any upper respiratory tract, which is associated with fever. The cause of a flu infection are usually viruses. Cold is only added as a supporting factor. Sneezing, runny nose, hoarseness, headache and body aches and of course fever are the most characteristic symptoms. The symptoms are lower than with a real flu.
However, complications such as high fever (over 39 degrees), shortness of breath, extreme weakness or no resolution of the symptoms after one week, should be consulted for the safety of a doctor. Even with a straightforward course, you should beware the bed to protect the body. A lot of hydration, a balanced diet, light painkillers and a lot of sleep if necessary promote the recovery process.
J - Jogging
In addition to a healthy diet, an endurance sport in the fresh air - such as jogging - the best protection against colds, as the immune system is strengthened and respiratory diseases have a difficult game. However, anyone who has already caught a cold should avoid any effort. The body needs its powers to fight the pathogens and is weakened unnecessarily by exercise. Viruses can thus spread more easily and lead to worse diseases, such as a heart muscle inflammation.
Those who have been drug and symptom-free for two to three days can start with slow walks before gradually getting up to the usual jogging workload. Better to take a break or slow down the pace, as risk a deterioration of health!
K - headache
Specialists distinguish 180 different types of headaches. The headaches that occur during colds belong to the so-called minor pains. Often, headache or a feeling of pressure in the forehead occurs during a flu-like infection due to clogged sinuses. Dissolves the mucus, usually also after the headache. Here you can inhale or steam. Even a pack of crushed, hot jacket potatoes, which are wrapped wrapped in a linen cloth on the forehead, proves to be a home remedy.
Those who prefer to rely on conventional medicine, can provide relief with lighter painkillers, but studies have shown that rubbing the forehead and temple with peppermint oil has the same effect as painkillers. (Beware of small children, sensitive skin and allergies!) Otherwise, also here: plenty of rest, avoid exertion and give the body as much sleep as possible.
L - linden flower tea
Already in the Middle Ages one was aware of the healing effect of linden blossoms. The essential oils, plant acids and flavonoids contained in the linden flowers have a positive effect on well-being. The analgesic and anticonvulsant effect of linden flower tea makes it a well-known home remedy for feverish infections. Not only headaches are mitigated by linden flower tea, the mucus substances also reduce the laryngeal irritation and irritate the throat less.
Since valuable nutrients are lost during processing to tea bags, a tea from loose, dried leaves develops more effect (available in the health food store). Even a linden blossom additive for the bath water does the cold well - the calming effect promotes falling asleep.