Drink, drink, drink: everyone knows this rule when it comes to preventing or getting rid of colds. From ginger to garlic: We present the drinks that support our immune system most effectively and strengthen it for the flu season.
And every year again … the time of cold comes! We prefer to follow the rule: Prevention is better than aftercare, which is why we have selected the best drinks that make our immune system strong for the winter. The advantage: Everything works with natural ingredients and can easily be prepared in between. Come on, let’s fight the viruses!
Honey and garlic brew
The name may be off-putting, but garlic is actually much more than a strongly aromatic spice. The tuber contains plenty of vitamins A, B1, B6 and C and minerals that strengthen our immune system. In addition, garlic acts like a kind of natural antibiotic due to the sulfur-containing ingredient allicin. To make a brew from the tuber, crush five cloves of garlic and place them in a jar with honey. Then heat this mixture and let it steep for 6 hours. You can either eat the garlic honey straight or dissolve it in a glass with hot tea or water.
Sea buckthorn juice
To prevent colds, anything that contains a lot of vitamin C can be used. With up to 900 mg per 100 grams, sea buckthorn is one of the absolute frontrunners and beats any citrus fruit. For comparison: a lemon only contains around 53 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. It is easiest to ingest sea buckthorn in the form of sea buckthorn juice. To do this, simply take a tablespoon of the vitamin C miracle with each meal.
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In an article about cold drinks, one thing should of course not be missing: ginger! In fact, the high reputation of the tuber is no accident. Ginger is particularly interesting when it comes to preventing colds because of the essential oils and pungent substances it contains. To make an anti-inflammatory and expectorant drink from it, simply peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices, which are then poured over with hot water. After a short steeping time, the power drink is ready to be consumed.
Cold classic tea
In fact, classic tea is much more than just a warming drink! The plant substances polyphenols contained in tea have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and the so-called tannins also have an effect against fungi, bacteria and viruses. Chamomile in particular has an additional anti-inflammatory effect and special herbal teas such as Sanddorn, have an expectorant effect, which works wonders for acute colds.
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