It’s that time of year for warmer clothes, winter coats and blankets to keep us snug. Our natural instincts to wrap up, rest and to consume warmer, more nourishing food and drink are more pronounced. These are just some of the wonderful winter highlights.
One of the not so pleasant aspects, of course, is getting sick. Looking after yourself, tuning in and listening to your body is essential at this time. If it’s rest, nourishment and warmth you need, give it to yourself. But what other things can we do to protect our health from those dreaded winter lurgies……
Here is a list of my top recommendations
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start taking a good quality probiotic e.g. Optibac Probiotics. The emphasis being on good quality. This means they should survive the stomach acid and reach the gut alive. Probiotics are good bacteria, found mainly in the gut, but also other parts of our body. They are thought to keep the body safe from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Nasaleze cold and flu blockers
Nasaleze Cold blocks colds before they start and is a completely natural blend of cellulose, peppermint and odour controlled wild garlic. Nasaleze is a fast acting all natural powder spray, which is clinically proven to provide quick acting protection from airborne germs.
Nasaleze Cold is suitable for children from 7 years (with supervision), pregnant or breastfeeding women, and with other medication.
The department of health recommends that everyone should be using vitamin D in the winter months because of the lack of appropriate sunlight. As many as 1 in 5 adults, and around 1 in 6 may have low vitamin D status.
A study conducted by Dr. David Murdoch and his colleagues at the University of Otago in New Zealand suggests vitamin D supplementation has no impact on cold/flu prevention in individuals who have normal vitamin D levels. But the authors of a study also noted that people who are deficient in vitamin D, which is thought to contribute to immune function, may yet benefit from taking supplements.
For example, studies showed that vitamin D supplements helped lower respiratory infections by 50% in children from Mongolia, where the climate prevents much sun exposure.
Dlux vitamin D sprays are novel sprays which can be sprayed under the tongue or at the side of the mouth and allows the vitamin D to enter directly into the bloodstream. This makes it much easier and fun for children to take. Not to mention those who don’t like swallowing tablets.
Natural chest balm
A natural chest balm can help open up the airways and relieve symptoms, not to mention have a therapeutic action in the body. Natural Chest Balm can promote deep breathing and relaxation, and is safe for the whole family to use.
Organic Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ravensara and Tea Tree are traditional herbs used to soothe and ease minor coughs, colds, and stuffy noses. It can be used as a soothing chest rub, or steam inhalant by adding to a humidifier or a pot of hot water. This badger chest balm is safe to be used on the whole family.
Herbal teas are wonderful all year round, but in the winter months particularly, can help with prevention and treatment of cold/flu symptoms. There is no evidence to suggest that over the counter cough mixtures work as specified by the NICE clinical guidelines. So my suggestion would be to sip on warm teas that contain herbs, which specifically relieve the symptoms of cold/flu. This can be done throughout the winter months or even at the first sign of cold/flu symptoms.
These herbs can be particularly helpful.
- Liquorice can help to prevent coughs and soothe the throat.
- Echinacea is thought to ward off colds and flu
- Ajwain can help with the symptoms of sinusitis.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful cold/flu free winter. If you’d like to buy any of the products suggested in this article, please use the code COLDFREE to receive 10% off (excluding sale items).
Nisha Patel is the co-founder of natural health star and is a Pharmacist with over 16 years of experience. Her main interest lies within natural preventative healthcare and her focus if often prevention rather than treatment.
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