As summer gives way to fall, colds and flu often come into play.
It's actually the same every year: with the fall of the leaves and the colder and rainier weather, the season of colds and flu also begins. You hear people coughing, sneezing and regularly picking up or blowing their noses. These various symptoms are probably the result of inflammation of the upper airways.
It is not yet clear whether it is a cold or the flu. But both colds and flu are caused by a virus.
About 850,000 people get the flu every year. According to Health Council data, more than 2,500 people die every year as a result of the flu.
There is a clear difference between a cold and the flu. If, in addition to the previously mentioned complaints, we also suffer from headache, fatigue, sore throat, muscle pain, fever and chills in a very short time, then we quickly speak of flu. This is often mild, but it can also be more serious. In addition, the symptoms of a cold generally disappear more quickly and complications such as pneumonia rarely occur.
Many pathogens have a biological origin. The best known are the rhinovirus and the influenza virus, both of which can adapt and change quickly. Transmission of the virus mainly takes place through the air, through coughing and sneezing.
The best protection we can offer ourselves during this period is a strong immune system. What this requires, among other things, is a healthy lifestyle: eating well, getting enough exercise and going to bed on time. What can also help to strengthen the immune system is the use of medicinal mushrooms. These beautiful natural products, used for centuries, are full of polysaccharides, beta-glucans, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. These are some of the building blocks for a well-functioning immune system.
There are three mushrooms that are very useful during this period, namely: Turkey Tail (with special ingredients such as Krestin and PSP that support the immune system) and Reishi and Cordyceps (which, in addition to strengthening the immune system, also have an anti-inflammatory effect and tackle the upper respiratory tract). ).
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