4 Tips To Fight The Flu!
Friday 31ST May 2019
It’s that time again - blankets are out, mugs of lemon and ginger on standby and that scratchy
feeling at your throat lingering, telling you to slow down or risk being hit with a full fledged
cold, or worse, the flu. With a particular interest in proactivity, it’s my pleasure to bring
you my best 10 tips to avoid the winter cold - enjoy.
- Sleep. Immune function is dependent upon quality sleep: a study published in Archives of
Internal Medicine found individuals sleeping less than 7 hours were 294% more likely to
develop a cold compared to those sleeping at least 8 hours. Suppressing natural killer
cells and interleukin-2 molecules, these two players detect abnormal substances and
eradicate them if deemed harmful. Conversely, quality sleep optimises the function of
these immune components, allowing you to evade bugs accordingly.
- My garlic and Indian spice broth. Firstly, garlic - termed an immunostimulant, it
heightens the activity of the entire immune system. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic,
anti-parasitic and anti-carcinogenic; as published in the Journal of Immunology Research.
Translated, it’s a weapon for protection against cold, flu and any other bug to come
knocking at your door; and similarly, should be your first go-to meal as soon as you
detect yourself feeling a little off. To create this soup, chop up a hand of fresh garlic
and combine with warming Indian spices like cumin and turmeric - they are equally powerful
in preventing your flu. Top with a little coconut milk and drink up - it’s delicious.
- Steamy showers and baths: a study in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
reported that stress, tension, anxiety, depression and fatigue were less likely for those
who bathed rather than showered. Loosening up congestion, a bath helps detoxify the body:
which when riddled with bugs, is helpful. Not only that, it accelerates the movement of
healing nutrients throughout the body - so take one after you enjoy the broth (above)
and see your body come alive.
- Vitamin C Supplement: we all know that vitamin C is the go-to micronutrient to arm you
against the flu, so this is a natural inclusion. My pick is Medlab Manuka-C: rather
than a straight vitamin C, it’s combined with glutathione and zinc - enhancing immune
function and overall healing, as well as maximising absorption rate. For those who
think that the higher the dosage of vitamin C the better - remember that it’s a
water soluble vitamin, so unless you absorb it you pee it out. Having a nutrient
combo which optimises digestion by your body is key - hence the recommendation of
Medlab’s Manuka-C here. Available to purchase at Priceline, TerryWhite and other
leading health stores and pharmacies.
Written By Olivia Arezzolo