We are coming fully into the autumn season, the clocks go back soon and Halloween is almost upon us. This means that the temperature is dropping and we become more prone to colds and flu.
It would be great if you could just drop everything and hide under your duvet until you felt better. Sadly, we have families to look after and jobs to go to so this approach isn’t always possible.
Prevention is always the best solution so:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get plenty of sleep
- Have a good work/life balance
- Get some exercise
- Do things that make you smile
Of course, the best laid plans get disrupted. Even when we practice good habits we may succumb to a cold at some point so here are some pointers to help you get through it:
A very important herb that has been in use for centuries is the elderberry. This is an extremely versatile berry that not only helps you feel better but makes great wine and champagne too!
There are a number of studies indicating that Elderberry can be effective at reducing the length of a cold or flu. It has a number of health supporting properties:
- It stimulates the immune system
- Offers lots of antioxidant support for fighting free radicals and oxidative damage
- Has antiviral properties
- Other than helping with colds there are associations with
- Helping sinus symptoms
- Lowering blood sugar
- Protecting the heart
- Relieves allergy symptoms
- Being an aid to digestive health
- Relieving urinary problems
Given all of these health giving properties it is no wonder that elderberry is a prominent ingredient in a number of the supplements we offer which include:
- BioNutri Elderberry Complex
This very popular and effective formula provides elderberries, vitamin B6, vitamin D and Zinc. These come in both adult and childrens tablets.
- Sambucol Elderberry Extract
This lovely liquid comes in both adult and kids versions for those who don’t like taking tablets.
This combination offers you Vitamin C, Zinc, blackcurrant and of course, elderberries.
Outside the supplements we also have Juice from Biona, syrup and tea from Pukka. We are making it easy for you to get your share of elderberries.
This wonderful herb is a go to solution for many people it can be used preventatively and in crisis – i.e. the cold or flu. This amazing herb gives us health support through its fantastic properties. It’s:
Reading this list you can see why Echinacea is so effective at helping us battle the cold season. Our good friends at A.Vogel do a superb range of products to suit all needs.
Garlic is an incredible help during the cold season and like Echinacea offering us lots of protection. Its properties are:
If you don’t enjoy eating garlic we have a selection of supplements to ensure you get the support you need.
We all have our favoured cold solutions and this is mine. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I dose up on Beta Glucans. Typically, during a cold I may take 3 a day and with flu it could be up to 6 a day. Like Echinacea, Garlic and Elderberry it has the ability to reduce the duration of your illness.
Many of us dose up on Vitamin C when we feel that cold starting to emerge. It is effective because it offers us a boost to and maintenance of our immune systems.
Zinc is recognised for its contribution to maintaining a healthy immune system. It is particularly important for smokers, those on restricted diets and regular drinkers; as these groups are prone to being zinc deficient.
Zinc and Vitamin C are fantastic partners, these nutrients work in harmony to ease us through our colds and flu.
This mineral is a fabulous antioxidant and helps to maintain our immune system as well as perform a number of very important functions within the body. Anyone with an underactive thyroid should take extra selenium.
This spice is really having its 15 minutes of fame and is being attributed with many health giving properties. Used for colds and flu its anti-inflammatory action makes it a great partner to be combined with any of the other nutrients we have discussed.
Getting a cold is a sign of a compromised immune system. A preventative and healing approach is to use a tonic like Floravital or Bio Strath. These liquids have vitamins and minerals that will help your immune system strengthen up so it can battle the cold you are dealing with.
This is a homeopathic remedy. If you can catch the first hint of your cold and take 4 tablets a day you just may avoid the cold altogether.
Generally, if you can avoid the cold that is preferable and we have given you lots of ways of doing that. Everyone will find their own personal favourite. If you do catch a cold or flu then follow our healthy tips to manage your way through it more quickly.
Want more advice? Check our other blog on colds and flu for more suggestions!