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.