Tuesday, 23 February 2016

NATURE'S ROUTE < HOW I FEND OFF A COLD NATURALLY


Well, firstly you'll need a nice cosy bed, some fresh sheets (this is optional but it personally makes me a great deal happier) and a nice batch of tissues (although I have been thinking lately that the English use far too many paper towels and tissues and it is a huge waste of trees, but being ill is no fun and handkerchiefs strike me as a bit unhygienic so we'll let it slide for recovery's sake!)

As soon as I feel a cold coming on I make myself a batch of fresh orange juice. If I haven't got time to do so I'll go to the shops and buy orange juice that is - not from concentrate - as this is far better for you and isn't just the leftovers disguised and packed full with sugar. Orange juice is high in Vitamin C and vitamin C is exactly what your immune system needs to heal itself from a cold, It appears to work by elevating levels of interferon, while also raising the activity of key immune cells, Interferons are key proteins that respond to bacteria and viruses and trigger the immune response.

It is important to drink warm liquids when you have a cold/flu/virus so you can stay hydrated but also break down the mucus your body is over producing. There is no use taking a pharmaceutical drug to do this as all it will do is suppress the problem, not heal it, that's why I always take the alimentation route. I usually buy this twinings ginger and lemon tea and then add some fresh lemon and ginger to it for a natural boost. If you eat honey; this would be the perfect time to add some in. This tea and natural combination is so much better for you than reaching for that Lemsip - trust me, Lemsip contains paracetamol and phenylephrine hydrochloride which don't work alongside your body - they work against it, but worst of all, Lemsip contains aspartame, a poison that never leaves your system so just take the natural route and let it work with your body to heal!

Lemon is packed with vitamin C which I wrote about earlier, but it also has antibacterial activity so it helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases. It also contains pectin fibre which is very good for your colon and digestive health which may be helpful should you have a bad tummy too! Lemon is also a great source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which is great because when your immune system isn't in it's best shape you need to get all of your vitamins and minerals!

Ginger (otherwise known as rhizome) has been used in traditional herbal medicine throughout the ages and I am not surprised. It is a great anti-inflammatory so helps to sooth and calm a sore, swollen throat. It is great for easing stomach spasms and aiding the digestive system too. It may also help with nausea and stimulate digestion if you have a poor appetite with your cold too.

I have Fresh, Organic carrot juice every day anyway but it is even more important when I am poorly and on the mend. Carrots are high in Vitamin A (The Beta-carotene type), Vitamin A contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and helps maintain normal mucous membranes. Which will help you build a resistance to any respiratory problems, not to mention, carrot juice is absolutely delicious, even if half your senses are out a whack!

Finally, I like to boast my chilli intake. Chillis are natural pain killers and decongestants! They put your body into a false fever and clear it of all its toxins and ensure the normal function of mucous membranes as it is high in vitamin A. The capsaicinoids in chilli bind to a receptor in the lining of the mouth. This is the same receptor that registers pain from heat, thus the effect is the burning feeling. This is a result of the flow of calcium ions from one cell to the next. The pungent molecule has an electron poor area, which is attracted to the electron rich area on the receptor protein. The pain caused by this leads to the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. These give a feeling of happiness and well-being. I like to add chillis to homemade noodle bowls and soups when I am sick.

Some extra trips are as follows:
* Put eucalyptus or peppermint oil on your tissues to help clear your nose.
* Steam it out! I like to put hot water in a bowl and put a towel over my head to clear my nose and throat naturally.
* Rest! This life is nothing without good health so rest well and heal your body.
* Don't take drugs that suppress and 'fight' symptoms, you have the 'symptoms' for a reason - your body is healing itself as it's supposed to - don't work against it.
* Eat healthy to ensure you're getting all of your necessary vitamins and minerals!
* Stay hydrated! (It would be hard not to with the above).
* Keep a pot of vaseline or natural lip balm nearby for those lips. 
* Go for a walk and get some fresh air.

Get better quick time potatoes! 
xoxo









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