The colder months are indeed approaching. Here is some useful advice from nutritionist and gut health expert Christine Bailey on key foods & nutrients to protect you from the strain of these seasons.
Supercharge yourself with the following:
i.) Importantly, Christine points out that “both colds and various influenzas are caused by a range of viruses (rather than bacteria) and that is why typically antibiotics are often not appropriate.”
ii.) Also, it is essential to keep in mind that “the most common way these viruses are spread is via hand-to-hand contact so washing your hands and basic hygiene is important if other family members are affected.”
Indeed, more than often “the reason we suffer with the flu is that the immune system is compromised. This can be due to low levels of key nutrients but also lifestyle factors such as stress and lack of sleep.”
Christine recommends to focus on the following nutrients to support your immune system.
& last, but not least – Probiotics
“Over 70% of our immune system resides in your gut. The gastrointestinal tract relies on friendly bacteria to help support a robust immune response. These probiotic bacteria help prevent foreign bacteria and allergens from passing through the intestinal wall and are important to the overall health of the intestinal immune system. You can boost your levels of probiotics by eating fermented foods such as yogurt, Kefir, sauerkraut and miso.
When flu strikes you may wish to try elderberry syrup. Elderberry extracts have been shown to have anti viral properties and may help fight colds by activating white blood cells. Echinacea is another popular choice for colds and upper respiratory tract infections.”
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