What Causes Colds?
Colds can leave you feeling sick and sorry for yourself, particularly in the winter months. They are commonly caused by viral infections. In fact, there are hundreds of viruses that are capable of causing colds, making you feel miserable yet again. You may catch a cold from a person infected with the virus, or by touching contaminated surfaces and exposing yourself to these germs. A busy life can leave you feeling stressed, tired and run down, and make it harder for you to get enough nutrients from your diet. These factors can all lower the functioning of your immune system and make you more susceptible to catching colds. Colds will often start with a sore throat or runny nose and only last for a few days. The symptoms of the flu are more severe; they come on quickly and you may find yourself suffering from headaches, fever, cough, congestion and a runny nose. The flu can last at least a week and may leave you feeling tired until your body gets back to health. Support your immunity to stay well this winter.
I Keep Getting Colds
Oh no! You’re not sick, again?! If you catch every bug that goes around then your immune system may need help. Probiotics can be used to help adults who get sick often, by strengthening the immune system so you are less likely to get sick again and again. Inner Health Immune Booster for Adults contains two beneficial strains of bacteria called Lactobacillus paracasei (8700:2) and Lactobacillus plantarum (HEAL 9). These probiotic strains have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of colds, and the number of days you feel sick when taken daily. Taking 1 capsule daily of Inner Health Immune Booster for Adults for 12 weeks may help to boost your immunity and reduce the likelihood of having more than one cold. If you are sick of being sick and want to stay well this winter, probiotics may give you a head start.
Relieve Your Cold Symptoms with Ethical Nutrients
Many people who get sick during winter will take up to three products to manage their cold and flu symptoms; but how do you know you are taking the three products that are best for you? The table below can help you make the right product choices from Ethical Nutrients.
What Should I Eat When I Have a Cold
When you are sick, you may not always feel like eating. Even if you have lost your ability to smell or taste, it is important to eat good, nutritious food to help you get well. If you do get sick this winter, here are some tips on how you can use your kitchen as a natural food pharmacy:
- Eat all colours of the rainbow, including carrots, berries - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and leafy green vegetables.
- Use more herbs and spices for their warming and immune supportive effects: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, basil, black pepper, clove and chilli.
- Eat more garlic and onions, traditionally used to support immunity and clear mucous.
- Enjoy vitamin C rich food such as kiwi fruit, strawberries and capsicum.
- Snack on zinc rich foods such as ginger and unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
- Increase your fluids by drinking water or vegetable juice and eating soup.
- Reduce your consumption of sugars, starchy carbohydrates such as potato, and refined, processed and packaged foods which can compromise immunity.