Posted in General by Penny WadePenny Wade on 31 May 2019

The cold season is upon us and what better time of the year to be thinking of ways to stop colds from getting a hold or nipping one in the bud. 

Six lifestyle habits as a preventative measure: 

  1. Cut down on sugary/sweet foods( chocolate, cake and biscuits, sugary energy drinks)  as excess sugar suppresses the immune system. Use a  protein snack of nuts, fish or cheese to ward off the 2-3pm sugar slump!
  2. Too much alcohol damages liver cells - 1 glass of alcohol as day and 1 alcohol free day is best.
  3. Constant physical and emotional stress  with lack of sleep - produces a tense uptight nervous system and consequently a suppressed immune system. Meditation, tai chi, massage, yoga, herbs and seeing a councillor can all help here.
  4. Prolonged use of  non- steroidal anti inflammatories - Long term use can cause damage to the mucous membranes of the GIT and as a result ulcers, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion etc can occur. As 70% of our immune system is in the GIT we need to keep the walls of the GIT in a healthy condition. 
  5. Frequent travel, jet lag, lack of sleep - we get very run down . How do you change your lifestyle here? 
  6. Hygiene at home and/or when out - washing hands, covering mouth when you cough, alcohol wipes on door handles etc

 

Herbs to help nip a cold in the bud:

  • Echinaceae - All year round as a preventative and higher doses if a cold begins. I also have a protocol if you are going overseas which you begin 2 weeks before departure.
  • Andrographis for initial symptoms too.
  • PCIP - a homeopathic tablet when you get a red edged tongue and sore throat.
  • Zinc tablets and vit D if levels low. 
  • A probiotic 

If you want more tailored advice please give me a call.

 

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