- Firstly, could you please remind us what the classic symptoms of a cold and flu are?
The classic symptoms of cold and flu may include, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, fever, aches and pains headache, weakness and fatigue.
- Are there any products you can recommend that would ease these symptoms?
Some of my go to products when a client comes in with cold and flu symptoms are Bioceuticals ArmaForce, Fusion Astra 8, Fusion Cold and Flu and Ethical Nutrients Immune Defence. These products contain beautiful combinations of herbs and nutrients that help to support and nourish your immune system and alleviate symptoms.
- Is there anything else we can be doing in our daily routine that can help alleviate symptoms, like having a bath?
Yes, there are a number of things you can do to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Using a humidifier or vaporiser with eucalyptus or peppermint oils can help with congestion and cough. Manuka honey can help alleviate a sore throat it is a fantastic antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. When looking for a Manuka honey choose one with a high UMF or MGO rating, the higher the rating, the higher the antibacterial content of the honey.
A hot shower or bath can be very beneficial, the steam can help moisten your airways and loosen any mucus. Be cautious of the temperature when experiencing a fever.
A nice warm drink, with lemon, ginger and manuka honey can help reduce a sore throat and persistent cough.
- Is there any way to fast track your cold or flu to get rid of it faster?
How long a cold or flu lingers around will depend on how well your immune system is functioning. If you are fit and healthy and take care of yourself your immune system will be better equipped to fight off any foreign invaders. Herbal and nutritional supplements can help to boost the immune system, I highly recommend taking supplements leading up to and going right through the cold and flu season.
- Probably the most important question of all, how would you suggest we boost our immune system, give us the complete low down, supplements, vitamins, daily practices, food choices!
Thankfully there are so many ways we can boost our immune system which can be incorporated into each day.
Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, carrots, beetroot, capsicum, kale and spinach, these are high in antioxidants which protect our cells and nutrients that we need for our immune system to function. Fresh is best!
Avoid sugar, processed foods and alcohol, these foods contain very little nutrients and deplete our immune system.
Try to avoid or minimise stress in your life. Stress hormones inhibit the function of your immune system. This could result in worsened infections and slower healing. Take time each day for relaxation and do something you enjoy.
Exercise regularly. Regular, moderate exercise may improve immune function. Walking, swimming, riding, dancing or yoga are great options.
Ensure you drink plenty of water each day, six-eight glasses per day is ideal. Water is essentials for all aspects of good health.
Be sure you get enough restorative sleep, adults require 7-9 hours a night. Your immune system repairs and rebuilds while you are asleep at night.
There are a number of fantastic herbs and nutrients that help boost your immune system such as astragalus, andrographis, echinacea, olive leaf, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and zinc.