SICK AND TIRED OF FEELING SICK AND TIRED THIS WINTER?
Do you dread the winter months when you and your family easily succumb to coughs and colds, sneezing and sniffy noses, headaches, sore throats or muscular aches and fevers from the flu? These symptoms are the leading causes of days off work and school, and can leave many people feeling sick and tired.
A strong, healthy immune system is able to keep us well, even when those around us are coughing, sneezing and getting sick. There are many factors that may contribute to the weakening of your immune system including stress, poor sleep, a lack of regular exercise, not enough rest and relaxation and making poor food choices.
WHAT TO DO FOR A COLD OR FLU?
Both the common cold and flu are caused by viruses, with the most common virus being rhinovirus. What many people don’t realise , is that antibiotics target only bacteria and are not able to kill viruses responsible for colds and flus. Fortunately there are herbs and nutrients that can help manage these viral infections and keep your immune system defences strong.
Nutrients that are crucial for the immune system are zinc and vit C. Probiotics are also helpful for the immune system as 80% of our immune system is in our digestive system.
The following herbs have been shown to improve immune function and reduce symptoms of the cold and flu: Andrographis, Echinacea, Olive leaf extract, Picrorrhiza and Elderberry.
The following herbs act on the lungs to help relieve both dry and productive coughs: Baical skullcap, Marshmallow root. Liquorice root, Magnolia, Adhatoda.
The essential oils of eucalyptus, thyme, lavender, and peppermint may help to reduce the nasal and sinus congestion that accompanies upper respiratory tract infections.
WAY TO STRENGTHEN YOU IMMUNE SYSTEM
* Eat a well balanced diet including fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish,eggs,legumes, and lean red meat.
* Reduce your intake of mucus forming foods such as dairy and refined foods.
* Avoid foods low in nutrients such as sugar, white flour products and alcohol.
* Drink at least 2L of filtered water every day.
* Get a good night’s sleep and take time to rest and relax.
Prevention is better than cure , so follow the simple dietary and lifestyle tips for building healthy immunity.If you do find yourself sniffling, coughing and sneezing, give us a call today about specific natural supplements to help reduce your symptoms and get you back on your feet sooner.