Treating colds naturally

Autumn has arrived and with it the season of coughs and colds. Here are a few tips on how best to beat the virus and help with the symptoms…
Blow your nose regularly, rather than sniffing which takes the mucus back in to your head. But blow gently or the pressure created can push phlegm back in to your ear passages causing earache.
Ditch the decongestants as they would restrict your nasal blood vessels whereas increased blood flow would help expel germs in secretions. Hot drinks can help relieve nasal congestion and prevent dehydration. You could try hot or cold packs around your congested sinuses to see which temperature best helps you and sleep with an extra pillow to help nasal congestion. You could sniff or syringe salted water into your nose (one nostril at a time and let it drain) and taking a hot shower would not only be relaxing but would moisten the nasal passages too.
Viruses are unable to survive in cells that are saturated with vitamin C which is powerfully anti viral. Take 2-3g of vitamin C three times a day.
To help support the body’s natural defences take a probiotic supplement, after all 70% of the body’s immune system is in the gut.
Finally it may be beneficial to boost your vitamin D which is vital for immune health and other things (see my previous blog entry on this subject). A dose of 75iu per day per kilo of body weight applies to adults and children.

Written by

Claudia Williamson Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSc, mBANT, mCHNC Tunbridge Wells, Kent