Winter Proof Yourself
Winter is coming, so support your immune system in time! Call us for cost effective, natural remedies to do just that, or get our Winter Health Box. 0123622422 (Pretoria) or 067 116 6111 (Hermanus & Somerset West)
Here are a few Winter Warmer Tips:
Nature’s Own Pharmacy to support you through Autumn and Winter
1) Winter proof your diet
Add these superfoods to super charge your immune system!
- Garlic (added to any food as medicinal spice),
- Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon (these 3 spices make a delightful hot toddy in milk or hot water, with a little honey to taste, even maybe a tiny tot of brandy!),
- Zinc (in legumes, wholegrains, dairy, lean meat)
- Mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, reishi, oyster and portabellini)
- Bioflavonoids (different colours and textures of fresh fruit and veges – use the rainbow as guideline, also hot chocolate made with real cocoa powder)
- Probiotics (live culture yoghurt or kefir, supplements, artichokes)
- Click here for our Winter Health Box
2) Support through winter
There are many natural remedies that will support your body’s natural inclination to return to health, while supporting your immune and respiratory systems when you do get sick. Here are a few well-known, proven and trusted ones to try:
- First Do No Harm: Stay in bed for a few days. You will recover a lot sooner. Listen to your body and rest a while. Your immune system is exhausted, too tired to fight the foreign invaders, all because of your hectic lifestyle. So take a break and relax. After all, there are no infectious disease, only a compromised immune system, otherwise everybody would get colds and flu!
- Don’t exercise while you’re sick and during the recovery phase – it might strain your heart and lungs. Your body is fighting a viral war, so help it!
- Drink lots of fluids, drink filtered water, fresh fruit and vegetable juice or soup.
- Put some eucalyptus or peppermint oil in boiling water in a bowl, put a towel over your head and inhale the steam. This will loosen the phlegm, hydrate the mucosal lining of the airways, while disinfecting the environment. Other aromatherapy oils to try are lavender, grapefruit, rosemary and tea tree oil (put a few drops in a burner, or in the bath, or use in a carrier oil for a soothing back and shoulder massage).
- Increase your intake of antioxidant food supplements: increase vitamin A to 10 000 IU’s (3mg RE activity) a day and vitamin C to 1000-2000mg a day in divided dosages. Once you are feeling better, return to your normal maintenance level. Click here for Dr Arien’s comprehensive Heart Brain Body Support & Antioxidant formulation
- Use medicinal herbs. Herbs like garlic, Echinacea and golden seal act as natural ‘antibiotics’ active against viruses, bacteria and even fungi. They are also decongestants that dry the mucosal linings in a gentle way. They do not have side effects. They actually support the immune system. Dr Arien also recommends our WinterSHIELD and ImmunoBOOST herbal drops to support you and act as a natural antibiotic and antiviral.
Double-blind placebo controlled studies suggest that Echinacea purpurea not only shortens the duration of colds and flu while making it less severe, it also actually stops a cold that is just starting.
Andrographis seems to be a promising treatment for colds. It is a shrub found in India and throughout Asia. It is sometimes called Indian Echinacea because it has much the same benefits as Echinacea purpurea. Although it is not certain how Andrographis works for colds, some evidence suggests that it stimulates immunity.
Other herbs used in the natural treatment of cold and flu are:
- Astragalus, lime blossom, sage, elder flower, thyme and liquorice root. Most of these herbs help to reduce mucous, help the mucosal lining to recover more quickly after infection and are also effective against viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Most of them also strengthen the immune system. Garlic and mustard both have a high content of the amino acid N-acetyl-cystein, that makes it very effective in reducing mucous in colds and flu. Turmeric contains curcumin which has a strong antiviral and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Wild cherry bark is often used to treat an irritating, persistent cough that keeps you awake at night. It is also good for people who suffer from chronic bronchitis and for whooping cough. One of its ingredients is prunacin, a light cough suppressant and antispasmodic.
- Pineapple extract (containing the enzyme bromelain) is a potent anti-inflammatory with mucolytic (to break down mucous) and antibacterial properties. It also improves the efficacy of prescription antibiotics and reduces the infection of the sinuses and bronchial tubes.
- Quercetin, one of the bioflavonoids, accelerates the recovery of the mucosa after infection. It also has an anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, decongestant and antiviral effect.
- Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) has been used for thousands of years as a fever-reducing substance and painkiller. It also helps for migraine and muscle spasm. People who are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin and aspirin should be careful when using feverfew and come off it gradually to avoid rebound blood clotting.
- Try zinc lozenges to soothe a sore throat and zinc nasal spray for a runny nose. Make tea with fresh or dried sage leaves simmered in boiling water, with a teaspoon of honey, for a sore throat. You can also gargle with sage tea.
- Take additional calcium in a food form or in an amino acid chelation while you’re sick. Calcium helps blood vessels to dilate, thereby preventing the cold extremities associated with colds and flu. It also relieves allergy symptoms.
- What about chicken soup? It may soothe a sore throat, clear clogged passageways, and hydrate a thirsty body. At the very least, it’s good TLC, very important when you’re feeling sick and sorry for yourself!
Click here to read a detailed article on what you can do to support your immune system throughout the winter.
We can’t wait to assist you and help you stay healthy. Give us a call on 0123622422 or email us on info@DrArien.co.za or 067 116 6111 (Hermanus & Somerset West)