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Colds and coughs advice

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Atchoo! ! Sneezes, sniffles, coughs, colds, flu-like symptoms, swollen glands, tiredness - these are all the debilitating symptoms of the common cold or cough. As a Naturopathic Nutritionist, my advice is to attack the cold from the very first signs of feeling unwell. How?

  • Avoid taking paracetamol or 'paracetamol-based' medications if you can. The body has a natural defence mechanism, which heats up when there is an invasion of bugs - imagine a chicken with salmonella - in order to make sure that the salmonella is eradicated, we cook the chicken thoroughly, ensure that it has been heated all the way through and then it is safe for consumption. Well the human body is doing just that when you feel a slight fever, your temperature raises in order to fight off the bugs. Traditional Herbal medicine encourages the temperature to rise in the first 24-48 hours of illness using herbal diaphoretics (simply, herbs that raise the temperature and cause sweating). Herbs such as Sambucus nigra (elderflower), Mentha piperata (mint), and Achillea (Yarrow). Drinking a Tea made with these herbs at least 3 times a day will heat your body up, kill off the bacteria or the virus and in many cases, you will be left without the misery of a stuffy nose or irritating cough. Herbal teas, and remedies are available through Natural Solutions - why not stock up now and be prepared for 'hunkering down!'
  • Another tool for conquering the common cold is Vitamin C - again when you feel the first signs of a cold, take 4000mg Vitamin C in divided doses for the first 2-3 days, then reduce that to 1000-2000mg per day. Alongside that, 30mg Zinc and if you have some in your meds cupboard - echinacea purpurea - an immune boosting herb. Avoiding refined foods, high sugar foods and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Taking Echinacea as soon as the cold starts will help to shorten the life tof the cold and in some cases may even prevent the cold maturing. Take 5mls Echinacea tincture, three times daily.
  • Foods to eat-a-plenty during the winter months are foods rich in anti-oxidants brightly coloured fruits and vegetables orange and dark green vegetables for their beta-carotene content; ginger fresh; pineapple with its enzyme bromelain to support digestion; apples; blueberries; broccoli; cauliflower; cabbages; green tea

If you like these tips why not try our 15 EASY steps to boost health, energy and wellbeing.

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