Winter Coughs & Colds

Updated: Jul 22, 2018

It's that time of year when the immune system is about to come under fire. What can you do to stave off those runny noses and suffering from a head cold?


You can choose to boost your immune system NOW before you get a hint of virus coming your way and I have some hot tips on how you can do this OR...


You can wait until you actually get sick and then try and reduce both the severity and duration of the illness….and I have some great items that you can have on hand on your kitchen and medicine cabinet should this

You can choose to boost your immune system before you get a hint of virus coming your way and I have some hot tips on how you can do this








START TAKING HERBS AND VITAMINS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM


Olive leaf extract

Strengthens the immune system

Natural anti-biotic

Zinc

Vital role in many immune system reactions

Acts synergistically with Vit A

Vit C

Ascorbic acid plays an important role in immune enhancement; its main effect is by improving your resistance

Cod liver oil – rich in Vit A

Essential role in maintaining the integrity of the epithelial and mucosal surfaces and their secretions

As a supplement, refer to practitioner

Probiotics

Your digestive system is approximately 70% of your immune system and your bacteria outnumbers your human cells by 10:1. Your gut microbiome is therefore very significant in overall health and immune system function. Note that if you have gut issues, then taking probiotics supplements of eating fermented foods may aggravate your symptoms.

Selenium

Vital for its role in glutathione peroxidase (protection from oxidative damage). A deficiency may lead to reduction in immune function

HERBAL MEDICINE - PRESCRIPTION ONLY


Just because herbs are natural does not mean they’re always safe. Herbal medicine should be by prescription only by a qualified herbalist or naturopath. Some herbs are contra-indicated in some people with certain conditions.


These are some of my favourites….for all things cold and flu, fever and chills, aches and pains, coughs and fatigue.

Elderberry

My all-time favourite! Great for kids and grown-ups alike. This does need to be prescribed as it is a medicinal herbal extract. T can be taken as a preventative or during the acute phase of a cold/flu.

Echinacea

Exert profound immune-enhancing effects

Strengthens the immune system

Antiviral properties

Yarrow

Fever

Andrographis

Adaptogenic, fever, antioxidant

Lemon balm

Antiviral, antimicrobial

Peppermint

Cooling and calming

Marshmallow

Irritation of respiratory tract

Eelecampane

Expectorant, antitussive, antiseptic, antispasmodic (respiratory)

Ribwort

Soothes mucous membranes; for cough of all types

Wild cherry

Antispasmodic (cough)

Thyme

Sore throat, bronchitis, antisepctic, antimicrobial,

Mullein

Demulcent and soothing

Withania

Fatigue and exhaustion

Rieshi

Immune support


STOCK YOUR KITCHEN

There loads of amazing everyday items that can be used to help your immune system and ease the symptoms of a cold

Ginger

Antimicrobial, antibacterial

Garlic

Antibacterial

Lemon

Vit C; digestion

Thyme

Anti -spasmodic; antimicrobial; antiseptic

Rosemary

Anti-oxidant; antimicrobial

Cinnamon

Carminative; anti-diuretic; warming; anti-microbial

Bone broth

Nutrient dense; gut healing

Soups (freeze)

Easy to digest

Herbal tea

Hydration and broad range of therapeutic affects

Manuka honey

Protects against damage caused by bacteria; anti-bacteria

Natural anti-biotic

Prevention is better than cure.

DISCLAIMER

This is for information purposes and it not intended to be used as medical advice.

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