When we are traveling, have a busy schedule, high levels of stress and all amongst the busy season it can leave us feeling run down an depleted. This is an open door to infection and getting sick. The Christmas season is not the time for such things so here are some suggestions to support your body at this special time of year.One of the Naturopathic Principles is,
” P R E V E N T I O N I S B E T T E R T H A N C U R E “
I have taken this approach leading up to and during my overseas holiday that I am currently on. Before leaving I had my bone broth everyday and made up a batch of kombucha. I ate lots of organic greens rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and consumed majority organic foods with little to no wheat or dairy and sugar to take the load of my body with less processing of chemicals and pesticides and inflammation ect.
I supplemented with a few supplements leading up to leaving and have continued whilst overseas which included :
- Astragalus Complex
- Zinc + Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3 drops (1000 IU x 3)
ASTRAGALUS : Astragalus membranaceus
Astragaus is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress. It contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. Astragalus is used to protect and support the immune system, preventing colds and upper respiratory infections. Astragalus has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, studies have shown that astragalus has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system, suggesting that it may help prevent colds.
ECHINACEA : Echinacea purpurea root
Echinacea is used to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu, and reduce symptoms, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many herbalists also recommend Echinacea to help boost the immune system and help the body fight infections. Echinacea contains active substances that boost immune function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. Several clinical trials have shown that people who take echinacea as soon as they feel sick reduce the severity of their cold and have fewer symptoms than those who do not take the herb. It is important to choose a high-quality echinacea supplement, and to use echinacea as early as possible in the course of a cold, with multiple doses per day for the first few days.
SIBERIAN GINSENG : Eleutherococcus seticosus
The active ingredients in Siberian ginseng, called eleutherosides, may stimulate the immune system.
Siberian ginseng was traditionally used to prevent colds and flu and to increase energy, longevity, and vitality. A study found that healthy people who took Siberian ginseng for 4 weeks had more T-cells, which may indicate their immune systems were stronger. Siberian ginseng is often used to increase mental alertness. Siberian ginseng is often said to improve athletic performance and increase muscle strength.
Remember to stay hydrated, lots of filtered water and herbal teas. Consume lots of fresh vegetables with lots of greens and vegetables in season, good quality organic protein sources and healthy fats. Gentle exercise and stretching, get enough rest and sleep, a quiet meditation before bed can help calm that busy mind from the day.
See some of my previous posts on how to support your immune system :
Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!