The weather is wetter and colder, the sun is very low in the sky and there is an increase incidence of people getting colds and flu. The most important thing to do is keep your immune system robust and in optimum working order to help your body adjust to the climate change. You can achieve this by the following 10 Tips
Getting regular physical exercise. A 30-60 minute walk daily will increase your circulation and facilitate healthy immunity
Eat a healthy diet. Eliminate sugar and trans fats and processed foods. Each have an adverse effect on the proper function of the immune system
Get adequate sleep and rest.
Keep stress to a minimum. Don’t over exert yourself physically or mentally.
Maintain good personal hygiene and sanitation. Wash hands etc
Take a Vitamin D supplement (5000IU daily for most healthy people)
NB to maintain a health ecosystem of gut micro-flora by daily consumption of lacto-fermented foods which include: natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized cheese, miso, kimchee, kombucha, sour pickles, properly made sourdough bread, cream freshe. Its important to consume in raw, unpasteurized form as heating them kills the beneficial microorganisms.
A preparation of the cloves, with adequate levels of the constituent allicin is used. Also good consumed in diet in organic raw or cooked form. In clinical trials garlic tablets taken for 12 weeks significantly reduces the incidence of colds and accelerates the recovery period. Garlic is also anti-viral and will knock out the flu virus.
The root of the herb is used. This herb is our strongest natural antibiotic. Great at alleviating infections of the ear, nose, mouth and throat. Also acts as a convalescence tonic to enhance the recovery from illness.
All parts of the herb are used however medical herbalists tent to use a blend of the roots of two species ‘purpurea’ and ‘angustifolia’. A very well researched herb and shows very positive results in many trails. It has a strong immune enhancing action and is a good depurative(blood cleanser). Taking Echinacea will decreased your risk of catching a cold by 58%. The duration of colds are reduced by an average of 1.4 days. Usually taken prophylacticly at low dose for prevention or acutely at high dose for treatment.
There are also a range of herbal medicines that are warming, cooling, decongestant, promote sweating and facilitate fever, all of which can help with the unpleasant symptoms of cold and flu.
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