Colds and Flu’s
Our Naturopaths regularly see patients with coughs, colds, flu or related symptoms.
And the good news is there is a drug-free, antibiotic-free natural approach to boosting your immunity and keeping you well thru the winter months.
If you regularly catch colds and ‘flus you may have an imbalance in your immune system which may make you more susceptible to infections. A poor diet, nutritional deficiencies and/or a lack of exercise can all lead to these imbalances in your immune system. A strong immune system can help to protect you from potentially harmful invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, by recognizing and responding to them as a threat
Viruses Can Cause Colds and ‘Flus
Contrary to popular belief, viruses cause colds and ‘flus. Viruses are minute infectious agents which invade and hijack your cells. The immune system recognizes viruses as invaders and attempts to destroy them before they can invade your cells. If the immune system is out of balance however, it may not have the ability to destroy viruses and viral infections can occur. What many people may not realize also is that antibiotics are not able to kill viruses; they are only able to help with bacterial infections. Fortunately, there are herbs and nutrients that can help manage these viral infections. At Cranbourne family chiropractic and wellness we offer natural medicines to help manage a cold or flu naturally
Herbs and Nutrients
Particular herbs and nutrients may help you to manage your cold and ‘flu symptoms naturally, as well as improving underlying immune imbalances. The following herbs and nutrients may be beneficial for fighting colds and ‘flus.
|Symptoms||Useful Herbs and
|Fever and sore throat||Andrographis|
|Productive cough||Aster, Pinellia, Magnolia, Cynanchum|
|Dry irritating cough||Licorice, Marshmallow, Fritillary, Dwarf lilyturf|
|Sinus congestion||Anti-microbial essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Thyme used in a sinus spray|
|Frequent colds and ‘flus||Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Probiotics|
Speak to Cranbourne family chiropractic and wellness about which herbs and nutrients may be of benefit for you.
Diet and Lifestyle Suggestions
Dr. Andrew Arnold adds, ‘There are dietary and lifestyle changes that you can make to strengthen your immune system to prevent colds and ‘flus‘, including:
- Eat a well-balanced diet including fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, and lean red meat.
- Reduce your intake of mucus forming foods such as dairy.
- Include warming foods with mucolytic and immune enhancing properties such as ginger,
- onion, garlic, chili and fenugreek into the diet
- Avoid foods low in nutrients that suppress the immune system, such as sugar, white flour
- products and alcohol.
- Drink at least 2 liters of filtered water every day.
- Exercise regularly.
- Ensure you are getting enough sleep.
- Get adequate sunlight for vitamin D or consider a supplement
Say Goodbye To Colds and ‘Flus
By making some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle and by taking the appropriate supplements, you can reduce your risk of catching colds and ‘flus. Speak to Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre about the best way to manage or prevent your colds and ‘flus.
Herbal immune booster: The following herbs have been shown to kill the viruses which cause the common cold and flu and are now available at Cranbourne family chiropractic and wellness center.
Andrographis paniculata is an Ayurvedic herb which has a long history of use for bacterial and viral infections. Clinical studies have shown it can reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms of colds and flu. Its anti-inflammatory properties contribute to its symptom-relieving properties.
Picrorrhiza kurroa has been used traditionally in Indian and Chinese Medicine to help maintain a normal healthy immune system. It has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating actions.
Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) has traditionally been used for its anti-catarrhal and fever-reducing actions to help relieve the symptoms of colds. It is indicated in catarrhal inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, such as the common cold/flu, sinusitis, and recurrent or acute coughs.
Nutrients for immune support
- Zinc may be the most important mineral for your immune system. Zinc deficiency may cause a weaker immune response, predisposing you to a more lengthy or severe cold. In fact, optimal zinc levels have been found to inhibit the common cold virus.
- Vitamin C is also important as it increases the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells. Vitamin C may prevent the common cold as well as shorten the duration of the symptoms. These two important nutrients for the immune system are available at Cranbourne family chiropractic and wellness center in a pleasant tasting powdered supplement.
So even if it is cold and flu season again, doesn’t mean that you need to walk around with a throat that is on fire, a seriously stuffy head and a temperature that is through the roof. There are many natural supplements available to help boost your immune system, and prevention is much better than cure. Come and talk to Cranbourne Family chiropractic today about how you can get thro
|Flu Fighter Tea:
Bring 1 liter of water to the boil and add:
1 Tablespoon honey, 2 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1 slice lemon (skin on), 1 cinnamon stick, ½ tsp cinnamon powder, 6 cloves, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp fresh chopped chili. Continue to boil for 1 minute, then cool and drink the warm tea freely throughout the day
For more information please visit us online www.cranbournefamilychiro.com.au or call 59984554.
About the Author:
Dr. Sharon Wilde was introduced to Naturopathy as eighteen when her mother dragged her to get treatment for a variety of health problems. What began as a desire to understand and support her own health has morphed into a passion to help others live their healthiest lives possible.
After seven years of training, Sharon is a fully qualified Naturopath. She draws upon years of wisdom and experience to carefully assess your current situation and explain your treatment choices.
Sharon says: “With the right information a customized naturopathic care plan can be created to fit your situation and lifestyle. The holistic approach fosters wellbeing and puts your health back into your hands. That’s empowering!”