The weather is getting much colder and the coughs, colds and bugs are already making their rounds. We thought we’d get in there first and hopefully give you some advice to avoid suffering with any Winter ailments but also how to naturally treat your symptoms if you’re already an unfortunate victim!
Don’t Let Your Immunity Be Weak This Winter!
First steps first – prevention is better than cure. There are many things that can help to lower your chance of catching anything nasty. Wash your hands regularly especially before eating, eat well and exercise in order to generally stay healthy and keep your immune system tip top.
As well as the practical tips, there are some natural ingredients that are ideal for working into your Winter routines to enhance your protection.
Astragalus is a Chinese root which is brilliant for helping the body fight infection and boost immunity. Studies have revealed that it boosts your white blood cells – the cells that are vital in fighting infection. You can take this herbal supplement up to three times a day.
Ginseng is another ingredient to look out for. It’s a powerful herbal plant that studies have shown can have an effect on your immune system. Try and take a dose of a supplement like this ginseng elixir as a daily booster, or you could try it in tea as a quick uplifting solution!
Vitamin C is probably the best known of supplements to prevent colds, or to ease their symptoms. Consumed daily, it can strengthen your body and health so you are ready to take on whatever Winter may bring. As well as helping you to avoid illness, vitamin C is also necessary to produce collagen, which helps build blood vessels, tendons and bone, produce energy in the body and also works as an antioxidant. Our tablets also contain rosehip, which aids the body’s ability to absorb the vitamins.
How to Ease your Symptoms the Natural Way
If you’ve already caught a cold, all of the above products can help to ease your symptoms and also reduce your illness time – they aren’t only for prevention. If you’re currently suffering you can seek them out for a bit of relief! As well as Vitamin C, ginseng and astragalus there are many more herbal options that can help to unblock a stuffy nose, soothe a sore throat or perk you up when you have a muddled head.
Echinacea is a very well-known herbal treatment for colds – and for good reason! Studies have shown it boosts the immune system’s ability to fight off infection as well as help to ease symptoms. Some people have found it dramatically shortens the average duration of colds and flu so it’s a good thing to look for if your symptoms have only just started. We have many products that contain echinacea, so you have plenty of options as to how you would like to take it. Dr Stuart’s Echinacea Plus tea is a quick brew to get you feeling fighting-fit again, our own echinacea tincture which is a concentrated extract of the herb, and finally there are Echinaforce tablets for the fastest form of treatment taking!
If you choose to use a tincture, we would be happy to advise the best way to take it – including amounts to take and how often. Drop us a line via our Contact page, give us a call on 020 7703 5550 or pop in to our shop!
Zinc is another winner for treating Winter snuffles. Studies have shown it can lessen cold duration just like echinacea, as well as working in the body to generally improve health by aiding skin healing and supporting the intestines. As a vital element it’s a good one to top up if you’re feeling under the weather.
Hopefully this post will have you feeling ready to take on whatever Winter will bring, or feeling that your current malady could be easier to treat than you thought. If you have any questions about other natural treatments don’t hesitate to ask! And always remember to make sure to visit your doctor for medical advice to ensure you’re ship-shape in no time.