Nutritionist view: heal from that cold

Keep these handy remedies in your cabinet to fight off that cold, from herbs to fight the infection to supplements that help activate your own immune function. This year I did in deed get caught out with a cough and did not have any of a magical syrup to hand, but now I do. So if you don't want to get caught out like myself, take a look at these remedies & supplements and get stocking.

When there is an infection, your body needs a boost of nutrients, more than just from food to kick start the immune system.

1. Kill the infection

  • Oregano oil
    This is an all rounder antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti parasitic which can help attack virus' including those responsible for respiratory infections. Take 500mg capsule format in the morning and lunchtime away from any probiotics.

2. Support the immune system

  •  Probiotics
    Since the majority of the immune system is in the gut, you need to support your good bacteria. Include a multi-strain probiotic just before bed.  Studies have shown that those who take probiotics have fewer sick days from work and less colds. 

  • Elderberry syrup
    A natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory makes it perfect for sinus issues. The berries contain chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are are known to have immunostimulant effects. When selecting a syrup for coughs or capsules make sure that sugar in its variety of formats such as glucose is not the first ingredient. Taking this prior and after flights may help prevent against circulation of pathogens.
  • Vitamin C
    Camu Camu is a shrub from South America and its berries can contain about 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system to help it fight the virus. Unlike artificial Vitamin C it can be readily absorbable by the body. Taken in powered format 1000mg 2-3 times a day, it can be added to smoothies or stirred into water.
  • Vitamin D
    Plays a key role in the immune system, this vitamin actually it is a hormone is made from the contact of the sun on our skin. It enables our body to produce well over 200 antimicrobial peptides to fight off a wide range of infections and influences nearly 3,000 of our genes. In times of poor sun conditions or illness, supplementation may be required. The active form of D3 cholecalciferol is the most beneficial form.

  • Zinc
    Research has found that zinc reduced both the duration and severity of symptoms of the common cold. A constituent of at about 3,000 proteins in the body and a component of more than 200 different enzymes. Zinc increases production of white blood cells that are involved in immunity and helps them fight infection. Zinc lozenges may help with soothe the throat, just be care of the sugar content of some.

  • Echinacea
    The purple / pink flower is known for helping the white blood cells fight infection. Some people take this as a preventative measure at the start of the colder months. This can be taken in tincture, tablet or lozenge format throughout the period of illness several times a day.
  • Bone broth / chicken soup
    Our grandparents were not wrong when they gave chicken soup when feeling unwell. Protein helps to build and renew cells, the liquid is soothing and you can blend lots of vegetables it it such as carrots, onions, garlic. Bone broth can help heal the gut lining which helps to prevent infection from entering the body.
  • 3. Lifestyle
  • Sinus trouble
    Inhaling essential oils over a bowel of hot water can help to clear the sinus', essential oils include eucalyptus or thyme. 1-2 drops of the oil in hot water and breath gently and deeply, do 2-3 times daily and be careful of not scolding yourself.   
  • Sleep
    There are certain hormones, proteins, chemicals that are produced when we are asleep to help fight off infection. To help recover quickly, sleep if you feel tired and ensure you get good quality, deep sleep.

Remember the common things:
To wash your hands regularly, use tissues and when you sneeze or cough cover your mouth. Have you ever seen a picture of how far germs can fly!

I'm a firm believer to use natural therapies where possible, and that includes natural healing to help restore the body to its optimum function. It works for me!

Wishing you bountiful health

with love Nuala

~ nurturing your true essence ~