Why Am I sick? Again.
Your nose is running, your head is throbbing, your throat is scratchy and sore and you feel exhausted… sound familiar? If you have caught a cold or flu you may be experiencing some or all of these energy-depleting symptoms and as a result potentially falling behind on work or missing out on catching up with friends. You may also be wondering why you got sick in the first place. Lack of sleep, high stress levels and poor dietary choices (e.g. insufficient fresh fruit and vegetables) can all weaken your immune system and consequently decrease your resistance against the common cold or flu. Pair this with sitting next to an unwell person at work or perhaps looking after a family member at home and you have increased your chances of catching a cold. Lucky for you, Ethical Nutrients have a selection of evidence based formulas to provide immune support and help you get on with your usual day – whether it’s helping your kids with their homework, enjoying a movie or attending your favourite gym class.
What Can I Use for a Cold or Flu?
If you’re reaching for the tissue box as you read this, you are most likely also looking for some symptom relief. Ethical Nutrients Cold and Flu Relief has been formulated from traditional ingredients including horseradish, elderflower and white willow, to help relieve cold and flu symptoms like excess mucus and nasal congestion. If you’re feeling feverish or have a throbbing headache, these herbal gems may help alleviate these symptoms too. To round off your immune support arsenal, Extra C Zingles offers 1000 mg of vitamin C per tablet in a delicious easy-to-take, chewable form that is gentle on sensitive stomachs and will give you extra support when you need it most.
Once you have that runny nose under control, look at supporting your immune system ongoing so you can be out of bed and back on board as soon as possible. Inner Health Immune Booster for Adults and Ethical Nutrients Immune Defence are both formulated to help boost your immune system as well as contribute to reducing the severity and duration of your cold or flu. Inner Health Immune Booster for Adults has also been shown to reduce the number of colds you may catch*, helping you to reduce the likelihood of getting sick again. When you are sick talk to your pharmacist or naturopath about using a combination of these immune-boosting products along with Cold and Flu Relief to provide extra symptomatic relief and to reduce the time you spend feeling unwell. This means less time blowing your nose and more time enjoying yourself!
Relief for Sore Throats and Chesty Coughs
If you’ve ever had a sore throat you know the feeling: it’s painful to talk, eat and drink and all you want is some soothing relief! As the name suggests, Ethical Nutrients Sore Throat Relief can provide you with a reprieve from your sore throat symptoms. This oral spray contains a selection of traditionally used anti-bacterial and anti-fungal herbs that soothe an irritated throat. Simply spray 5 times directly onto the sore area every two hours as necessary.
For that chesty or persistent cough that won’t give up, look to Ethical Nutrients Chesty Cough Relief. At a dose of 10 mL every four hours, this formula helps to break up mucus and soothe your cough. This non-drowsy formula contains herbs traditionally used in western herbal medicine and can help temporarily relieve coughs caused by bronchial congestion. If you have a little one who is also experiencing the irritating effects of a chesty cough, this minty flavoured formula may also be used for children over the age of two at an age-specific reduced dose to help ease the mucus congestion.
Get Rich in Antioxidants
When you are unwell it’s important to ensure you consume a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, as eating an antioxidant-rich diet helps your body function at its best and that includes maintaining a healthy immune system. Add extra immune supporting nutrients into your everyday diet by choosing foods with anti-microbial and/or immune boosting activity. These include garlic, onion, ginger, honey, citrus fruits and berries, as well as herbs and spices such as thyme, turmeric, fennel, rosemary and sage. Incorporating these foods into your diet can be as simple as adding a few herbs to a homemade chicken soup, creating a spicy stir-fry with plenty of garlic, onion and ginger; or perhaps making a hot drink with fresh grated ginger, lemon and honey. Simply grate a small piece of ginger, squeeze half a lemon and put a heaped teaspoon of honey into a cup or mug. Add hot water and stir the ingredients together. Quick and easy recipes such as this can help provide soothing relief when you’re sick with a cold or flu along with Ethical Nutrients immune support range.
*With ongoing use.