Natural Remedy Program for Cold Sores

If you tend to suffer from annoying and painful facial cold sores on or around your lips or nose you have probably noticed that they tend to crop up just when you want to look your best. If you have been using over the counter creams to soothe and hasten healing or prescription antiviral cream you may have noticed that they don’t prevent another outbreak. So have you considered a natural remedy for cold sores?

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the Herpes Simplex 1 virus, one of 5 different types of Herpes viruses. Some people seem prone to numerous outbreaks while others rarely if even get them. Once you have the virus you have it for life and cold sores tend to flare up under certain conditions.

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How To Improve Your Immune System Against Swine flu

With so many opinions and stories about the origins and degree of threat of Swine Flu in the media and on the internet it is hard to know what to believe but the fact remains that it is your immune system that has to be effective if you catch this or any other infection. So, many health conscious people are asking if there are any Natural Remedies or ways to boost or improve their immune systems against Swine Flu.

The fact is, because this is a new virus that you have never been exposed to you will have no immunity too it. That does not mean that you cannot do things to protect yourself against it nor take steps to improve your immune system. And if you are unlucky enough to get Swine flu there are a number of Natural Health Remedies that you can take that can help. I have already posted one article on my Detox Specialist Blog.

I see this pandemic threat as a wake up call to us all to take a look at our immune systems and see if there are ways to improve it. The only people that have died so far from the Swine flu are poor people in Mexico City, one of the most polluted cities in the world. There is no doubt that toxins that get into your body will weaken the immune system and lower your resistance to infection.

Your immune system acts as a waste disposal service, clearing up all the unwanted rubbish. It is part of your body’s detox system. You are bombarded with toxins from food, water and air and things that you put on your skin which accumulate in your body placing an enormous stress on your immune and detox systems.

Your resistance can become compromised by many other reasons such as:

  • A diet low in nutrients – you need certain nutrients for your immune system to function such as Vitamins A,C and D, the minerals zinc, selenium and iron, sufficient protein and essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6).
  • Too much sugar in your diet – Sugar or foods containing it especially between meals is a real killer of the immune system.
  • Food allergies- eating foods you are allergic or sensitive to puts a stress on the immune system.
  • Too much alcohol – 3 or more drinks can damage the immune system.
  • A toxic bowel – a large percentage of the immune system is in the bowel so cleanse & take probiotics.
  • Lack of sleep – growth hormone is released during sleep which stimulates the thymus gland repairing and renewing your cells.
  • Lack of exercise – transportation of the immune cells throughout the body needs movement of the lymph which in turn depends on adequate exercise.
  • Low thyroid function – the thyroid gland plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s defense system.
  • Emotional and physical stress – cortisol produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress suppresses the immune system.

If you think you are developing Swine flu or any viral infection here are few simple things you can do:

  • It helps to reduce food intake, get more rest than usual, reduce stress, stay warm and temporarily stop exercise.
  • Fasting on liquids for 1 or 2 days is a good way to divert the energy that usually goes into food digestion to fighting the virus. You can drink herbal teas, vegetable juices, and vegetable broths.
  • Take Vitamin C to bowel tolerance. 5 – 6 grams or more a day in divided doses can cut short a cold or flu.
  • Take Vitamin A 100,000 IU (approx 34mg) for 5 days.
  • Suck a Zinc lozenge every hour for 2 days but do not take more than 150mg zinc in 24 hours.
  • Eat a clove of fresh garlic three times a day or take garlic capsules. Take 2,400 – 3, 200 every day. Experts believe that a mega dose of garlic at the first sign of flu can reduce its severity.

There are so many natural antiviral remedies available that we are spoilt for choice.

Here are a few effective ones:

  • Licorice root is an effective antiviral herb. Take 1,500 mg 3 times a day. More than 3 grams a day taken for more than 6 weeks can increase blood pressure in some sensitive people.
  • Olive leaf is an effective killer of viruses. Take 2000mg a day. Some practitioners recommend starting on a low dose of 500mg and increasing gradually as olive leaf can kill off yeast overgrowth as well causing temporary die off reactions.
  • Oil of oregano extract is the best form to take this powerful herb. A dose of 3 drops 3 times a day can help figh off the flu.

By eating and drinking wisely, getting enough exercise, sleep and relaxation, doing regular bowel cleanses and sessions of detox, avoiding as many toxins as possible in your personal care products, your home and garden you can improve your immune system against Swine Flu.

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Cure for the common cold

Winter is the peak time for getting a cold and feeling lousy. Just as you want to feel your best to enjoy the holiday season you start getting a sore, burning throat. Then you start sneezing and your nose starts to run. You may feel tired and unwell too. You’ve got a cold. What can you do to ease the symptoms?

If you look on the shelves at any drug store or chemist shop you will see many different types of cold medicines that you can buy to help relieve your headache, ease your throat, decongest your nose and stop you sneezing but they don’t shorten the length of the cold or reduce the after effects.

Some studies have shown that regularly taking at least 1 gram of Vitamin C a day or more will reduce the severity and duration of a cold. Others show that taking anywhere from 1 – 6 grams (1,000 to 6,000 milligrams) of Vitamin C a day can reduce the length of a cold by a day, and may help to relieve symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat.

Saturating your tissues with Vitamin C at the first sign of a cold is one natural cure for colds that gets results. Viruses cannot survive inside cells that are high in Vitamin C. Tissue saturation can usually be achieved by taking 3 – 4 grams every 4 hours.

Large doses of Vitamin C can cause loose stools or diarrhea. If this happens just cut back the dose gram by gram until you reach a level that does not cause this.

Zinc is a most important mineral for the function of the immune system. It is worth increasing the dose during an infection. Try 25 – 50 mg a day while you have the infection and 15mg a day as a maintenance dose. Zinc sore throat lozenges are good to suck.

Vitamin A is a key immune boosting nutrient. Take 10,000 -25,000 iu a day for one week only to fight an infection. It can be toxic a high doses long term. Do not take during pregnancy.

Taking immune boosting nutrients while eating a very good diet, avoiding stress and getting enough sleep during the cold season can help you avoid colds and flu altogether. Many herbs are known for their immune support properties helping to maintain the natural defense against viruses and bacteria without side effects.

Hypoxis Rooperi , an extract of African Potato contains phytosterols and sterolins. Researchers have found that they increase your T-Cells the part of the immune system. that fights off germs. shown to increase a beneficial effect on the immune system.

Astragalus (also called ‘huang qi’) has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to tone the ‘qi’ or life force that we know as the immune system. Astragalus is an ideal remedy for anyone who is prone to recurrent infections such as the common cold, as it is able to increase the body’s resistance and immune response to illness.

Another herb with immune stimulating properties is Viscum album. It also encourages repair of damaged cells.

A variety of clinical studies have shown that Olea Europea (extract of olive leaf) contains a compound called oleuropein acid that is effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens (germs). It stimulates the special cells of the immune system called phagocytes that engulf harmful organisms that cause infections.

An immune boosting tonic called Immunity Plus contains these very effective immune boosting herbs with others that work together to strengthen your immune system against infection and illness.

A deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can weaken the immune system. Ensure a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables and limit junk food and sugar containing foods.

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Flu Shots Useless

The inventor of the flu vaccine has sensationally stated that he has never been impressed by its efficacy. Natural Health Practitioners have been saying for years that there is no evidence that a flu shot provides protection nor saves lives.

In fact researchers have shown that the immune system is suppressed following any vaccination. The chemicals and virus present in the vaccines significantly reduce the function of the immune cells for months following the shots.

Dr Laver, the Australian doctor who developed the flu vaccine over 40 years ago, warns that the UK could have a severe epidemic this winter following an extremely bad flu season in Australia this year.

Statistics show that 12,000 in the UK die each year from flu but many more lives could be at risk this year. The CDC in Atlanta, USA states that exact numbers of how many died last season in the USA cannot be determined as it is only a notifiable disease in children.

Many elderly people die from complications of flu that involve the respiratory passages and lungs such as pneumonia.

Prevention is the best course of action against the flu. You need a strong and healthy immune system to reduce your chance of becoming infected this season.

Here are some helpful hints to ward off infection:

  • Drink 6 – 8 x 8oz glasses of pure water a day.
  • Regularly follow a good detox plan to boost immunity.
  • Wash your hands and scrub under your nails frequently and keep your hands away from your face.
  • Ensure you regularly get a good night’s sleep.
  • Get some exercise every day even if it’s only walking for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce stress and make a habit of listening to relaxation tapes.
  • Increase your fresh vegetable intake and try to buy organicically grown produce.
  • Be liberal with onions and garlic in cooking as they are good virus fighters.
  • Eat a small pot of live organic yogurt daily or take a good probiotic capsule.
  • Keep your intake of alcohol low.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Take 1 – 3 grams Vitamin C and 1 -2 mercury and pollutant free cod liver oil capsules daily.
  • Don’t share personal items with other people.
  • Keep warm and wrap up well when going out in cold weather. Getting chilled lowers your defences.
  • Stay away from people who have colds and flu where possible.
  • Take a good herbal remedy that increases your immunity such as Immunity Plus

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to help the immune system and now modern research has confirmed that a number of herbs support immune function and speed recovery if you are unfortunate enough to catch a cold of the flu.

Immunity Plus contains herbs chosen for their ability to maintain the health function of the immune system. Together with a good balanced diet and healthy lifestyle herbs can help you maintain your natural defence against infections.

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