You feel that little tingle in the back of your throat and a slight headache. You go to sleep and hope its just a little ‘draft’ and you’ll sleep it off and feel better by morning. But, you wake up, your eyes are runny, your voice is hoarse, nose stuffy and the headache far from gone. Unfortunately, your flu virus has further developed and you just have to let it live its course… Sigh 😦 Or do you?
From personal experience, I only get sick once a year (twice at most). And when I do get sick, the virus takes advantage of my body to the maximum, as if it is making up for all the other times through out the year I did not get sick. I can attest to my strong immune system and I am proud. I give thanks to my frequent drinking of water and my seldom indulgence in “unhealthy treats”. After all You ARE What You Eat.
Last night I felt that dryness at the back of my throat and this morning, it felt itchy. And by no means shall I allow the virus to manifest nor prosper. I shall get rid of it by all means. Lets explore some natural ways to both prevent and relieve these uninvited little flu viruses.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises as follows:
“Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.” (I’ll let the highlights speak for themselves ;))
The CDC has more information here.
At the first sign of this ‘thing’ I drew for Symmetry’s “Cold Rx”
It has the following immune supportive anti-flu stuff:
Zinc – an essential nutrient for the health of the immune system, studied for its effect on reducing the discomfort and duration of colds.
Echinacea – a widely prescribed herb in Europe, proven by numerous clinical studies in its effectiveness to support the immune system.
Vitamin C – one of the most prominent and trusted antioxidants since the last century, shown to bolster the body’s defenses, possibly reducing the duration and severity of symptoms
From my personal experience, working in the health supplement business for over a year, I have learnt that zinc is a particularly excellent addition when needing help with healing. It is a key ingredient in acne medication and also formulations for diaper rash. Zinc also assists in protein and amino acid production (which is highly recommended for gentlemen… not performing down there) Zinc is helpful for the respiratory systems and in stressful situations where the body must call on its healing capacity.
And… what is Echinacea? Hmmm another health food store based knowledge. This is the miracle herb… flu, allergies, asthma? anything respiratory related, echinacea was the answer.
Echinacea has demonstrated positive effect on the immune system. Many studies have shown that echinacea helps maintain a natural barrier between healthy tissue and unwanted pathogenic organisms. Thus echinacea helps the body maintain its line of defense against unwanted invaders and acids in tissue regeneration.
Several European studies show that echinacea appears to lessen the severity of colds and flu, and helps speed recovery. Echinacea has also been used successfully to control candida, an annoying and persistent fungal infection. Other studies show that topical echinacea has been used successfully to control psoriasis and eczema.
Echinacea has a number of constituents with immune supporting properties, and they appear to work synergistically. This wonderful supplement can be found in encapsulated in a health store near you.
Everyone knows VITAMIN C is good for the flu but why?
Oh dear, after doing my research Vitamin C is an all rounder :$. Probably have to do a separate post for this one altogether. But here’s a few:
- Antioxidant – Vitamin C is the body’s most powerful water-soluble antioxidant and plays a vital role in protecting the body against oxidative damage. It neutralizes potentially harmful reactions in the watery parts of the body such as the blood and the fluid inside and surrounding cells. It helps protect LDL cholesterol against free radical damage. This antioxidant action helps to protect the health of the heart and an array of other body tissues.
- Lungs – There is some evidence that vitamin C may be of benefit in maintaining the health of the respiratory system. This effect may be due to the antioxidant effect of vitamin C on oxidizing agents. Vitamin C may also improve lung and white blood cell function and decrease respiratory stress.
- Immunity – Vitamin C boosts immunity by increasing the production of B and T cells and other white blood cells, including those with a critical role in natural defenses. It also increases interferon levels and antibody responses and has antiviral and antibacterial effects. These immune-stimulating effects lead to improved resistance against infections. Though the research is contradictory and inconclusive, Vitamin C may reduce the duration of colds and the severity of cold symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and sniffling by reducing blood levels of histamine, which can trigger tissue inflammation and runny noses. It may also protect the immune cells and surrounding tissue from oxidative reactions that occur when cells fight bacteria.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t be a victim of the season. Take control today!!!
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