With winter so very clearly here in South Africa, the sniffles are starting, I thought it appropriate to do a bit on prevention and getting rid of the cold and flu nasty's.
The quicker you whack a cold the better your chances. The minute you feel it coming on take:
1. Olive leaf extract
My personal favourite. My daughter's homeopath swears by it, says it is way better than any other natural cold or flu remedy. I've been using it for about a year now - so far so good!
Take a good probiotic with as many different strains in it as you can find. Viruses often start in the stomach and spread from there, so if your intestinal flora is correct, you have a better chance of fighting it at that stage.
3. Vitamin C
Increase your vitamin C intake
If that didn't work and you got a cold anyway.... try these other remedies:
This species stimulates white blood cells which help the body combat infection. It increase the production of antiviral substances, and enhances the immune system. Research shows that if taken early it can shorten the duration and severity of a cold
5. Ginseng and Liquorice root
Both of these help help enhance the immune system
6. Elder (Sambucus Nigra)
This has compounds that can inhibit the enzyme that flu viruses use to access our cells. Elderberry is used in a lot of children immune boosting remedies
7. Lemon Balm
This herb is very beneficial in fighting a whole host of viruses, Make a tea by steeping 3 tsp dried leaves in 250 ml hot water for 10 minutes.
Take Zinc, studies have shown that you'll get beeter quicker by increasing your zinc intake
9. Tissue Salts
If that didn't work and you got a cold anyway.... try this:....
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
If your head is throbbing and it's difficult to breathe through your nose, you may find relief by applying warm moist compresses to the cheeks and sinuses. If you use moist heat, make sure it's not too hot to avoid skin injury
8: Sleep With an Extra Pillow under Your Head
10: Breathe Aromatic Steam:
Fill the bathroom or kitchen sink with steaming water, and add two teaspoons chopped fresh ginger (Zingiber officinalis). Drape a towel over your head and lean over the steam to get maximum benefit. Or add one teaspoon of the over-the-counter ointment Vicks VapoRub to the steaming water, then breathe in the steam for several minutes until you get relief. Another flu remedy is to add a few drops of oil of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) or menthol to the water. Eucalyptus is known to open up bronchial tubes, ease congestion, and make breathing easier..
A host of scientific studies support saline nasal irrigation as an effective flu remedy to thin mucus, decrease postnasal drip, and add moisture to dried mucous membranes. In addition, the saline nasal rinse helps to remove virus particles and bacteria from your nose. Here's a popular recipe that you can try at home:
If the flu has taken its toll on your throat, and it's hard to swallow without grimacing, sip some hot chicken soup. Hot chicken soup is a potent mucus stimulant, especially when it's loaded with pepper, garlic, hot curry powder, or other pungent spice that helps to thin mucus in the mouth, throat, and lungs. Studies have shown that hot chicken soup improves the function of cilia, the tiny hair like projections in the nasal passages that protect the body from foreign bacteria and viruses. Steaming chicken soup may also improve the motion of disease-fighting white blood cells.
Add some Shiitake Mushrooms which have substances called polysaccharides that stimulate teh immune system
Garlic (the stinking rose) appears to have antimicrobial and immune-stimulating properties and may give relief of upper respiratory congestion with cold or flu.
Don't leave it too long before seeing a doctor, especially if you feel it go to the lungs.
Here are a few ideas of other possible reasons you got the cold in the first place, In a nut shell it basically boils down to the psychological explanation causing the immune system to go under strain and wham a bug weasles it's way into the body.
Happy people are generally healthier.
surround yourself with happy people,
read a happy book
Psychological explanations as explained by Louisa Hay
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