How to Combat the Cold & Flu Season
By Debbie Milsom, qualified Naturopath, Flannerys Mona Vale
Over the past couple of weeks we have seen an increase in the number of people looking for cold and flu remedies. So what can you do, to avoid and fight off the cold & flu season?
The first thing you should think about is boosting your immunity. Eating a balanced diet ensures you get all the nutrients needed for your immune system, and did you know that gut health is super important. A number of immune boosting substances such secretory IgA comes from the gut. A probiotic can help boost your gut health along with prebiotic foods.
Vitamin C and zinc are important immunity boosters. Citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, broccoli, kiwi fruit and capsicums are a good source of vitamin C. Zinc can be found in pepitas, seafood, cashew nuts and mung beans.
Herbs such as Astragalus, Siberian ginseng and Reishi mushrooms have been found to boost immunity. We love Fusion Health Astra 8 which comes in tablet or liquid form and contains all the herbs listed above.
Once a cold or flu hits then there are a number of things that can be done. Keep up warm fluids. Hot lemon juice with Manuka honey is great, add a sprig of thyme for an antiviral effect. Chilli, ginger and garlic will all help chase the cold away, our hot tip is to grate or finely chop some of this into your hot lemon drink for a powerful cold & flu fighter.
Other herbs such as Andrographis, Echinacea, Elderflower, Reishi and thyme have all been used for their anti-viral, antibacterial immune boosting properties. Products such as Fusion Health Activiral and Vitamin C 1000 Advanced are all useful. Plus we have plenty of practitioner only products for you to obtain with your prescription.
At Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market, we have friendly qualified Naturopaths instore that can speak with you about all of your health and wellness needs. Plus, you can book in for free 15 minute advice sessions. Visit flannerys.com.au to secure your spot today or come in store and let us help you fight this season’s cold & flu.
This article is for educational purposes only. Always seek health advice from your healthcare professional.
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