Okay people, it’s official - the flu season is here! If you’re someone that’s prone to colds/flus, or you know that you generally get a bit run down at this time of year then this is the blog for you.
If you wake up one morning and start feeling a bit scratchy in the throat, or your nose is starting to get clogged DON’T WAIT! If you hop on that cold you can get rid of it super quick.
STEP ONE: drink some honey, lemon and fresh ginger tea. Perhaps make a big thermos of it and take it to work? All you need to do is finely slice some fresh lemon and ginger and add a spoon of Manuka honey. Not only will the warm liquid calm your sore throat but the ingredients will help to boost your immune system.
STEP TWO: start swollowing some Vitamin C and Zinc. Lots of it. If you’re not sure which supplements are the best, go and see your local Chinese Medicine practitioner. They will have access to practitioner-only brands and will be able to point you in the right direction.
STEP THREE: make some chicken soup or bone broth. Better yet - get some Immune Boosting Broth into you. It’s a great idea to make a big batch and then freeze it in one- or two-portion containers. That way as soon as you feel the sniffles coming on you can start including it in your diet.
STEP FOUR: absorb some sunshine - because the ‘flu season’ isn’t really a season. It's actually due to the decreased amount of Vitamin D that we absorb in winter which lowers our immune system. Bummer, right? So get off the bus one or two stops earlier each day or go for a walk during your lunch break. 20-30 minutes of sunshine each day is optimum.
STEP FIVE: get some sleep. Because your body works best when it has time to rest and repair.
STEP SIX: Get into the Neti Pot. By using this little pot every day you can clear our your sinuses and keep sinusitis, hay fever and colds at bay!
STEP SEVEN: go and see your Acupuncturist. They will have some magic voodoo tricks that involve Cupping, Gua Sha and other therapies that will have you feeling better in no time.
STEP EIGHT: take some herbal pills that include antibacterial, antiviral and antipyretic herbs. Again, your local Chinese Medicine practitioner can prescribe an individual herbal prescription that will target your symptoms and get to the root of the problem. If you find that your immune system is a bit on the fritz generally they can also prescribe herbs that will start to improve your immune system.
And that’s all folks! If you stick to those tips you should be able to avoid a cold this Winter.
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PLEASE NOTE: In saying all of this, its super important to listen to your body. What does it want? What is it telling you? Is it saying that you need something in particular? It’s really important to gather information to make the choices that are right for you and your body. This information isn’t personal medical advice – rather it’s a guideline on ways that could help you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. It is always wise to consult with a qualified health practitioner before starting any new herbs, supplements or dietary and lifestyle programs.