The weather is starting to get that lovely chill during the night. Great for a better night’s sleep, but a sign of the colder weather that’s not too far away! And with colder weather comes cold and flu season.
There are a number of ways to prevent a cold or flu, or if it’s too late, reduce the severity of it.
Keeping the body constantly supplied with the right nutrients and minimising the stressful effects of poor dietary and lifestyle choices is the best way to boost the immune system and build a strong resistance to any pathogen it encounters.
Other ways we can help our body’s to avoid having a compromised immune system are;
- Optimise vitamin D
- Feed the body lots of quality nutrients. Lots of fruit and veggies. Think chicken soup!
- Avoid white flours, processed foods, sugar, flavourings and sweeteners. There are no nutrients in these, they just deplete the body further and suppress the immune system.
- Avoid dairy to reduce mucous production
- Get enough quality sleep
- Regular, moderate exercise
- Add garlic to your diet, the more everyone eats, the less we’ll smell it on others! It’s antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and anti-fungal!
- Plenty of hot, herbal teas. Honey and lemon, nettle, thyme, ginger, chamomile, peppermint and elderflower
- Use cinnamon in your diet. It’s blood sugar stabilising as well as antiviral and antibiotic
- The good old fashioned steam bowl with a drop of eucalyptus or tea tree oil and a towel over your head
- Diced onion steeped in honey for a few hours, then a teaspoon of the liquid regularly to help with a chesty cough. Add garlic for a more potent effect.
- Herbal mixtures, vitamins and minerals are also available to help fight colds and flu’s. These can be customised to suit your particular symptoms. Call me for further information
- 0409 506 477