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The change of season from Autumn is here and winter has now definitely arrived! So prepare the best way you can by using nature’s arsenal to keep you warm and well over the coming chilly months.
First on the table is the tried and trusted Vitamin C, high in antioxidants and great to take at the onset of a cold, when you feel that first tingle. Food sources include, broccoli, peppers and oranges, take with zinc (found in pumpkin seeds) to give an additional boost.
Secondly, we have the herb Echinacea, this is another very popular remedy and one we get asked about regularly during the cold season. Echinacea elevates the white blood cell count, enhancing antibody activity to help the body fight off infections. It's best taken at the very start of a cold and can be taken either in a liquid tincture form or dried in the form of tablets or capsules.
Next up, we have mushrooms! Not the common field mushroom we’re used to, but varieties such as reishi, maitake, shitake. These varieties contain Beta Glucans, which are classed as immunomodulators, in short, these make your immune system smarter, thus increasing the bodies defences when fighting off infection.
Our pick of the fruits is Black Elderberry, you might see this growing wild in the hedgerows if you’re out walking in the country, but don’t pick the berries and eat them raw, you’ll get an upset tum! Black Elderberry, has impressive anti-viral properties, which help to reduce the duration of influenza symptoms, by inhibiting a mechanism required for viral replication.
Last, but by no means least, we suggest taking a good probiotic. This will create an army of defence against pathogens and give your body increased protection. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut and drinking kefir can also help as their prebiotic properties increase the population of good bacteria within the body.
Please note: The content of this article is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition you may have and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.