09 Dec '11, 10am
Herbal medicine: can natural remedies really see off winter colds and flu?:
Along with reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate intake, swap defence-diminishing coffee for immune boosting green tea. Getting a good night’s sleep helps the body repair and drinking warm water and lemon on a daily basis creates an alkaline environment where bacteria and fungus can’t replicate themselves. But the key to preventing a cold is to maintain a healthy immune system through diet and lifestyle choices. Herbal supplements have also been shown to have significant immune boosting properties and unlike over the counter medication, they actively combat infection and don’t simply suppress symptoms. ‘The medicine we usually buy can in fact tax the body and its detoxification pathways thus prolonging your condition,’ says UnBEElievable Health nutritional therapist, Erin McCann.