colds flus winter health

 

Autumn has arrived bringing with it a dip in temperatures and the return of cold and flu season, almost everyone we spoke to over the weekend had a cold.


Both colds and flu's are respiratory infections, determining which one you have may be hard. Generally a cold takes hold gradually but flu strikes suddenly- you can feel fine in the morning and then very unwell by afternoon. Classic cold symptoms congestion, sore throat and sneezing are less severe than flu which includes fever, fatigue muscles aches and headache.


How Supplements can help


Supplements help your body to fight cold and flu viruses, they do not suppress symptoms, for that reason you may not feel better immediately after taking them but what they do is help you recover faster.
Vitamin C shortens the duration of a cold and minimises the symptoms, it helps your body build white blood cells which fight invading germs, we recommend taking one 500mg of Vitamin C 3 times daily.
Echinacea stimulates the immune system to mount an attack against the virus, the tincture form is absorbed faster in the body, taking 30 drops in water 3 times daily helps to reduce the severity of symptoms.
Manuka Honey is famed for its anti -bacterial and anti-microbial properties and is also very soothing for sore throats, we take a teaspoonful every few hours.


What else can you do?

  • Take the homeopathic remedy Aconite 30c at first sign of cold symptoms; it may stop that cold in its tracks
  • Don’t be a hero, if you have cold or flu symptoms, stay at home rather than infecting your colleagues
  • Drink lots, fluids help to keep your body hydrated and also help to break down mucus
  • Avoid dairy produce and sugars as they build mucus in the body
  • Wash your hands often- to avoid spreading germs
  • A few drops of Eucalyptus oil in hot water makes a great decongestant
  • Use balm coated tissues to avoid that Rudolph nose

See your doctor if…

  • your temperature is above 39C
  • Mucus is green/dark yellow
  • You have chest pain ad shortness of breath