Best Winter Wellness Solutions Part 1
While there is no magical cure for the common cold, Blackmores Director of Education, Pam Stone, believes the key to beating winter ailments lies in your immune system.
1. Eat Well
Build your body’s resistance with a healthy, well-balanced diet. Pam suggests the following nutrients for an immune-friendly cold fighting diet.
– Betacarotene – found in colourful vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, squash and broccoli
– Vitamin C – kiwi fruit, dark green leafy vegetables, blueberries
– Zinc – pepitas, oysters and other seafood, eggs and lean red meat
– Protein – fish, free range eggs, tofu, beans and legumes
2. Cut down on the ‘vitamin robbers’
The so-called ‘vitamin robbers’ include alcohol, sugar and refined foods such as white flour products, as these foods can affect proper immune function, leaving you more prone to cold and flu. Reduce dairy foods as these may encourage the production of mucus for some people.
3. Combat a cough with nature’s best kept secret!
No one likes it when their loved one suffers from a nasty cough, and at no time is this more apparent than when you are trying to sleep! Pam says Blackmores new Cough Combat™ is a natural based alternative suitable for the whole family. Derived from ivy leaves, Blackmores Cough Combat™ helps relieve productive coughs by helping to promote expectoration and thin and loosen mucus. The great tasting formula is sugar free and can be used in children from 2 years and for children from six months after consulting a healthcare professional.
4. Soothe a sore throat
Herbal throat lozenges may help to soothe an inflamed and irritated throat, says Pam. Using a lozenge that contains echinacea helps to relieve symptoms of a sore throat.
Pam also recommends a hot lemon and ginger drink to soothe a sore throat. Her personal recipe: to a mug of hot water add the juice of half a lemon and add a little peel (where the antiseptic oils are), also add honey and lots of fresh ginger.
5. Traditional remedy
Pam believes that a prime herbal remedy for colds and flu is andrographis which has traditionally been used to help relieve fever, colds and sore throats. Andrographis is a traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) herb and it is also used in traditional medicine systems in countries such as China and Korea.
Blackmores has a wide range of cough, cold, flu and immunity products. To find out more on how you can manage this year’s cold and flu lifecycle naturally, visit www.blackmores.com.au or call Blackmores Free Advisory Service on 1800 803 760.