Helpful steps to support your immune system during Winter's cold weather.
Though colds and flu are rarely life-threatening, many working days are lost and many appointments spoiled due to runny noses, sore throats and hacking coughs. In any year, it is thought approximately 70 per cent of people suffer with colds, 29 per cent with flu, 57 per cent with coughs and sore throats and 46 per cent with stuffy noses - quite a catalogue of discomfort.
Your immune system's health is dependent upon many factors, including a low sugar diet, adequate sleep and a good balanced diet including a broad mix of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. There are times however, when your immune system may need a helping hand, such as during a cold or infection.
Many medicines have very powerful effects and can halt the symptoms of a cold very quickly, but natural practitioners would advocate a more holistic approach to infections, allowing the body to heal itself. In fact, some of the symptoms, such as a runny nose, are nature’s way of expelling the virus and bacteria and as such should be allowed to run their course. However, there are a few steps everyone can take to support the body’s immune defences, such as:
We don’t think about it much but we live happily and symbiotically with trillions of bacteria every day. These bacteria are generally referred to as the human microbiome. The fine balance between these friendly and other disease-causing bacteria helps to keep us well.