Winter well-being and my top remedies for flu

Shorter days often lead to low mood and as the seasons change, there are coughs and colds.

A yearly cough and cold is completely normal, even twice a year is not an issue.

But when a cold progresses to a chest or sinus infection, or pneumonia or flu, then it’s time to consider support for the immune system.

The immune system takes a lot of energy when it has to fight an infection. If there are good reserves of energy and nutrients, there should be a good immune response.

When reserves are low this can result in a cycle of fever and infection.

The best prevention for this is to eat healthy food, get enough rest, and avoid unnecessary medication.

5 ways to stay well during winter

  1. Get enough sleep
    Sleep is the single most important foundation for our health. Nothing can replace it.
  2. Increase anti-oxidants
    It’s recommended that we eat ‘5 a day’ but really it is meant to be more like ‘9 a day’ and vegetables are better for us than fruit. My favourite way to include more vegetables in my family diet is to make soup every couple of days and include salad as well as vegetables with every meal.
  3. Take Vitamin D
    Numerous studies have shown that insufficient Vitamin D can lead to low immunity and can also be a factor in Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you are concerned about your immunity and especially if you feel that you experience low mood during winter, Vitamin D is be an important supplement to be taking.
  4. Wash your hands before eating 
    This is a simple strategy that can make a big difference to our health.
  5. Do less
    My experience is that flu generally hits adults who are over-extended and exhausted and simply need to rest. Doing less is easier said than done when many of us have work and family commitments that take a lot of our time and energy. Listen to your body.

Treatment for flu

Conventional treatment is generally to take painkillers and drink plenty of fluid. Naturopathic strategies include taking lemon, ginger and garlic.

Homeopathy works really well alongside both. Taking appropriate remedies can reduce the time spent in each stage and also aids complete recovery.

If you find yourself feeling cold and chilly, or hot and feverish, and you suspect you might be going down with flu, it is important to acknowledge that you are ill and not to try and ‘power through’.

Call in sick. Go to bed. Take lemon, honey and ginger tea.

You can also try one of these remedies. Read the information carefully to help you choose, or contact me for support.

My top three flu remedies

  1. Gelsemium
    Often starts with a feeling of slowness and heaviness, dizziness, chills, aches and pains. Your eyelids will be heavy and droopy. There may be a painful sore throat. You won’t feel thirsty but you might feel tearful and depressed.
  2. Bryonia
    Often starts slowly. You will be feeling irritable and exhausted. You might have a painful hard cough with a violent headache. You will want to lie completely still and be left in peace. You will feel dehydrated and thirsty but you won’t want to move. You’ll feel better for keeping still in a warm room with a window open.
  3. Nux Vomica
    Often starts with a sore throat and a blocked nose after an intense period of overwork. You will feel exhausted but you still won’t want to stop. You’ll feel chilly, shivery and sweaty. You’ll be very sensitive to noise, smells, light and draughts. You’ll feel better for being wrapped up warmly and drinking hot drinks.

Homeopathic remedies can help relieve the symptoms of flu alongside proper rest, plenty of fluids and simple nourishing food.

These are not the only three remedies I use to treat flu, but they are the ones I use most often.

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