Winter is coming! The key to staying healthy this coming Winter is prevention and preparation!
One of the best ways of preventing colds and flu is being aware what you eat! There are well known and researched foods and nutrient ingredients which keep the immune system strong to fight any infection.
There are other foods and nutrients which have anti-viral actions against the cold and flu viruses, to prevent their replication in the body, and this allows the immune system to attack and remove the virus and virus-infected cells.
Then there are other foods that actually suppress the immune system, make your symptoms worse, and extend the duration of your cold or flu. So not only do you need to eat the right nutrients, but avoid others for the best prevention and a quicker recovery.
How do you know which foods are immune-boosting, anti-viral or immune-suppressive? You ask your friendly Nutritionist & Naturopath! That's me!
In contrast, the typical medications prescribed for colds and flu only reduce the symptoms. Those symptoms (runny nose, coughing, lots of mucus and fever) are actually needed to get the infection, the virus and wastes OUT of the body and help you recover quicker. Suppressing symptoms with medications will therefore keep the infection in the body for longer and you will feel sicker or worse, cause your cold or flu to progress into a more serious condition of bronchitis or pneumonia.
This Winter, prevent colds and flu with the right immune-system boosting foods (or supplements), and avoiding the wrong foods that make symptoms worse.
In the next article I will discuss the little known but major cause of most colds and flu and why we get more of them in Winter!