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Why do we get sick more often during the winter?
It is known that it is easier to get sick during the winter season. But why do we get frailer when it’s cold?
To answer this question, it is important to remember which defense systems are present in our respiratory tract. The main of these is mucus which, unlike what we think, is actually one of our body’s best weapons to defend us from external threats.
In particular, mucus is produced by specific cells lining the nose, trachea, and bronchial tubes. The thin and sticky layer that normally covers the respiratory tract is used to trap foreign substances that continuously enter our body through the nose or mouth.
In addition to muciparous cells, in the respiratory tract, there are particular cells with cilia, vibrating projections similar to hairs, which oscillate to “sweep away” the particles captured by the mucus and carry them outwards.
This simple but effective cleaning system allows us to protect ourselves very effectively.
Unfortunately, however, there are several factors that increase the likelihood of getting sick in the winter. First of all, winter diseases’ origin is typically viral, because viruses resist cold very well, much more so than heat.
But above all, when it is cold we spend much more time in closed places which, being often crowded, facilitate the spread of the virus.
Furthermore, entering and exiting an enclosed place, often artificially heated and therefore hot and dry, subjects our body to sudden changes in temperature.
Unfortunately, these aspects cause a lowering of the immune defenses, and the mucus in such dry environments dries up, compromising its effectiveness as a barrier.
Here, then, are the main causes of why people get sick more often during winter.
Once you get sick, unfortunately, whether it’s a simple strep throat or something more, it’s very common to go to the pharmacy looking for a remedy for winter infections. Within the wide range of products offered to combat these disorders, there are a couple of substances that we often find, thanks to their known and certified effectiveness. These are Propolis and Colloidal Silver.
But let’s see in detail why they are so effective.
Propolis: benefits and uses of the natural antibiotic par excellence
Propolis is a resinous substance that bees produce from various substances collected from plants. It is therefore of purely vegetable origin even if it is the bees who, after harvest, process it with the addition of wax, pollen and enzymes.
It is produced, in view of the winter season, as a building material to defend, seal and protect the hives.
Bee Propolis is traditionally used for the treatment of common colds and is able to help the immune system by promoting phagocytic activity and regulating the inflammatory one.
In its set of active ingredients, in addition to resins and balms (50%) and waxes (30%), 10% of volatile substances (mostly essential oils), and 10% of organic materials (for example flavonoids), pollen, minerals, and vitamins.
The component of balsamic resins facilitates and strengthens the barrier work of the oropharyngeal mucosa, which, by regulating the production of mucus, manages to trap foreign bodies and expel them without risk.
Furthermore, flavonoids (in particular Galangina and Pinocembrina) play a very important role because they ensure most of the antimicrobial properties of Propolis.
Propolis is one of the best natural antibacterials, carrying out the bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity and also working as a natural antibiotic: it prevents the multiplication of germs by killing them and stimulates the immune system.
It also has a valid action on many virus strains, including influenza viruses: in particular, it inhibits their growth and slows down their multiplication. Its main use is against sore throats, diseases of the respiratory tract (pharyngitis, tracheitis, and tonsillitis), and diseases of the oral cavity (gingivitis, inflammation of the tongue, palate).
The presence of minerals and vitamins also contributes to the support of the immune system. The complexity of the substances present in Propolis makes it a reliable and safe ally for many of the ailments that affect the respiratory tract, especially if of infectious origin.
Traditionally it is extracted from the hive and stored in an alcoholic solution, or in some cases, it is also taken raw. Since then, to make its intake easier, alcohol-free variants have been produced, in candies with honey and also in practical nebulizers in products such as throat sprays.
Colloidal Silver: therapeutic properties and uses.
Colloidal Silver is a suspension in water of silver nanoparticles. The term “colloidal” indicates that this element originates an opalescent mixture precisely defined “colloid”, in which the particles have a size between 10 to the power of -9 and 10 to the power of -6 m, very small but still detectable and not able to completely solubilize to generate a perfectly clear solution.
It is thanks to this characteristic that Colloidal Silver carries out its therapeutic effect even if present in traces: its very small size allows it to interact with bacteria, fungi, and even viruses, preventing their proliferation in a complete way.
Before the advent of antibiotics, this substance was used in many cases, from the soap dish in the bathroom to the spoon in the soil of the flowers, and was extremely effective in controlling bacterial proliferation.
The powerful antibacterial and antiviral activity of Colloidal Silver embraces various fields of application. Its inclusion in medical devices for the well-being of the respiratory tract is safe and effective, without side effects even for the little ones. In fact, several studies show how the use of products containing Colloidal Silver on children aged 0 to 12 suffering from viral rhinitis, resulted in complete recovery in 90% of cases.
Colloidal Silver is tasteless and odorless, therefore it can be easily inserted in remedies for strep throats even for children.
PromoPharma® natural solution: Propol AC® Throat Spray
The main activities carried out by Propolis and Colloidal Silver occur in the respiratory tract, which is why most of the products based on these two substances are offered in spray form, for external or local use. However, there are products to ingest, therefore for internal use, but they are not so used.
Those who habitually take Propolis know that there are different forms, from mother tincture to raw propolis to chew and that, being practically free of side effects, it can be taken several times a day during the acute phase of symptoms.
Each of these forms has different characteristics that differ mainly in “pure” or easier to take products. The right compromise is represented by the throat spray, as it is very practical and ideal for allowing the Propolis to settle effectively in the throat.
Even for colloidal silver, the spray is the most pleasant solution, and many of these products are registered as medical devices, that is, tax-deductible. There are variants that do not contain alcohol, which can also be taken by children without problems.
When to use it?
In summary, a Propolis-based throat spray with the addition of Colloidal Silver is indicated in cases of:
- cough and cold;
- bacterial and viral pathologies of the upper airways;
- pain or discomfort when swallowing;
How to use it?
- Children from 2 to 6 years: 1 spray 2-3 times a day;
- Children over 6 years: 1-2 sprays 2-3 times a day;
- Adults: 1-2 sprays 3-4 times a day.