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Warding off coughs and colds.

This time of year is notorious for coughs, colds, sniffles, sinus and sore throats.

We haven’t even hit winter yet and people are dropping like flies. While there are plenty of things to be done when you actually get sick, keeping yourself in tip-top shape is the best idea – and that way avoid falling ill altogether.

What can you do to keep your health on track? Here are a few simple tips:

Eat healthy : Sounds obvious right? Still, it never hurts to be reminded. Particularly focus on eating foods rich in Zinc (e.g. organic meats, wholegrains, nuts & seeds) and vitamin C (e.g. red & orange coloured fruit & vegies, broccoli, green leafy vegies). Also remember to keep up your fluids – people often forget to drink regularly when the temperature drops.

Herbal teas : Not only will this help to keep you adequately hydrated, some herbal teas can help to boost your immune system.

We make our own Cold & Flu tea at the clinic that contains immune-supporting Echinacea and the diaphoretics Yarrow and Elder.

Some other excellent herbal teas for this time of year include Rosehip, Ginger, and Lemon.

Cook with medicinal herbs & spices : including Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric and Chili. These not only add depth and flavour to your food, but also give your immune system a kick!

Wash your hands! Particularly if people at work are unwell, if your kids bring home a bug, or you interact with a number of different people through the day. Washing your hands regularly (and before eating) will help to prevent picking up other people’s germs.

Relax : Easier said than done I know, but it’s a well known fact that people who experience stress and anxiety are more prone to low immune function. Breathing, exercise, sunshine… all these things make you feel good and help to keep stress levels, well, level.

What are your secrets to staying healthy through winter?

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About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

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  1. Pingback: Zinc may kick your cold « Your health. Your life.

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