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Get Set to Soothe

By on January 24, 2017

Learn the natural way to get through a sore throat, cold or flu – with remedy and rest.

With the arrival of the winter months, the coughs, colds and flus are quick to follow. In this article I will share with you tips on how to boost your immune system, how to soothe a sore throat, and remind you of the importance of rest. 

Immune Boosting Remedies
Echinacea is one of the best documented herbs shown to boost the immune system. Research shows it inhibits the viral infection, and shortens the duration of the illness. I usually recommend the liquid form, but a good quality tablet is another option. The recommendation is to take echinacea at the onset of an illness. 

Zinc is a great mineral that can prevent infections.  The vast majority of Canadians are zinc deficient, which can be a reason for an increase in infections. There is some evidence that using zinc lozenges can shorten the length of respiratory tract infections if taken within the first 24 hours of the illness and they soothe a sore throat too. 

Boost Your Good Bacteria
The healthy bacteria that lives in our digestive system outnumber the cells of our body 10:1! These microflora are key players in keeping an immune system strong and for that reason I recommend people of all ages take a probiotic on a daily basis. You can add a small amount to your food in a powder form, or take a capsule daily. 

Elderberry syrup is a delicious folk remedy used for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. It is rich in vitamins A, C, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants that boost the immune system and damage the virus cell wall. A study in the Journal of International Medical Research, showed patients given elderberry syrup recovered an average of 4 days faster from the flu than those not taking the supplement. Now that sounds good to me!

Skip the Sugar
Sugar is found in obvious places such as cookies and candies, but can also be hidden in cereals, granola bars, crackers and tomato sauce. Sugar will suppress the immune system, so a helpful tip is to read labels to be aware of the sugar content. Try buying less packaged food, which is where sugars are often hidden.

Soothe a Sore Throat
Herbal Teas: There are so many beneficial herbal tea blends that can minimize those nasty cold and cough symptoms. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Sage, is a wonderful herb, safe for kids, that can dry up runny noses and wet coughs. Just be cautious for use with nursing mamas as it can dry milk up too. 

Slippery elm is a demulcent and very soothing. It is great for coating an irritated throat. 

Thyme, a well known kitchen herb, is excellent for soothing deep rooted coughs. Its antiseptic properties kill germs, but it also reduces coughing spasms and helps dispel mucus. 

Licorice is known as a demulcent and an expectorant. This means while it soothes your throat it also helps to expel all that phlegm accumulation. 

Chamomile is a household favorite of many. It calms a spasmodic cough and settles the nervous system promoting a restful sleep. 

All these teas can be steeped in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. You can mix in a little honey and now we are using two remedies in one. I always like that!

Honey is loaded with antimicrobial agents that attack everything from viruses, bacteria, and fungus.  It soothes mucus membranes (ie. throats!) and is anti-inflammatory. Use unpasteurized honey and mix it with your herbal tea, hot water or lemon. This is one remedy your children won’t argue with you about! Remember not to give honey to children younger than one. 

Time to Slow Down
Rest: I know life is busy; work, household responsibilities, kids to care for, but what people really need when they are unwell is time to rest and get better. Take the opportunity to slow down, catch up on sleep, focus on nutrition and cuddle your little one. Before you know it you will be back to the daily grind of life, wishing for that time to rest. 

Castor Oil Chest Rubs: castor oil has wonderful healing properties when applied to the skin. This oil is to be applied externally and is not to be consumed! Make sure you buy unrefined oil from a health food store. This oil helps congestion and promotes lympathic drainage. 

Adele Cavaliere is a Holistic Nutritionist, published author of the book “21 Days to Detoxify Your Life,” is an elite fitness trainer, yoga instructor and founder of Nutri-School. Adele has worked with countless people empowering them to transform their lives, their bodies and their careers! Adele has worked with celebrities, pro-athletes and her success stories have 
been featured in Cosmopolitan, Shape, Fitness RX and more. www.adelecavaliere.com

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