Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quick tips for staying healthy in the winter

Well here we are again; its winter time and the kids already have runny noses and coughs. Your throat feels itchy and scratchy in the morning and you just want to know what can you do to stop whats coming. It happens year after year winter comes around and brings with it the flue, strep throat and their buddy the common cold. Let us not forget about ear infections and sinusitis.
So the first tip to fighting off these common ailments is to catch them when they are small.
For Example I woke up this morning with an itchy throat (true story) and the first thing i did was cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a half a cup of water and drank that down, then after i got the kids off to school I made myself a sandwich that had amongst other things two cloves of fresh garlic. For now I am feeling 100% but i know that i got to stay on top of it because I may have some streptococcus bacteria hanging out in my throat just waiting for the chance to multiply and set up shop. 
so how do you do it, how do you keep your immune system good and strong so that you don`t have to pull out the nuclear weapons (by that I mean anti biotic).
1) Catch it early- if you have a itchy throat start to drink hot herbal teas like mint, chamomile, Elder flower, Elder berry and rose hip. Start taking vitamin C 1000mg per day. Eat fresh garlic, at least two cloves a day. If you start to get a runny nose or lung congestion, start to do steam inhalations with essential oils such as Eucalyptus, tea-tree and Raven Sara.
2) Keep your immune system strong- take vitamin C at least 500 mg even when you feel fine, eat fresh garlic, take a multi vitamin supplement and get regular exercise even in the winter months.

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