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How to naturally fight Colds and Flu’s, once you’ve caught them!

21/04/2016

how-to-naturally-fight-colds-and-flus-once-youve-caught-them Catching a cold, or even worse, the dreaded flu, can be debilitating. Here are some suggestions that may help you fight against the cold and flu once you’ve caught them!

Comvita® Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract has been used for many years for immune support. It also helps to relieve the symptoms of coughs, colds and flu’s, sore throats and upper respiratory tract infections.

Rest up

As tempting as it may seem in our non-stop culture, resist the urge to continue on as per usual if illness strikes. Research(1) shows that sleep and rest have a direct effect on the immune system. Not allowing your body to rest when sick, can result in delays in recovery and increase the severity of the illness.

Comvita® Winter Wellness range

The Winter Wellness range has products that covers all aspects of coughs, colds and flu’s. The Propolis Herbal Elixir and Children’s Manuka Honey Elixirs are able to be taken during a cold and contains Comvita UMF 10+ Manuka honey, Propolis (used to support the immune system) and Echinacea (a popular herb commonly used to help reduce the severity and duration of a cold(2)). Other Winter Wellness products include Propolis and UMF® 10+ Manuka Honey Lollipops, Candies and Oral Spray (used for travelling and soothing sore throats), and Cof Ex® Chesty and Cof Ex® Dry (both used as a natural way to treat persistent coughs).

Probiotics

Known as being the ‘good bacteria’ in the gut, research on probiotics has shown that they have a wide variety of benefits in many different areas of health, apart from just digestive. A meta-analysis of trials looking at probiotic use and upper respiratory tract infections showed that they were better than placebos in helping to decrease the duration of a cold, as well as supporting the immune system to prevent illness(3). 
*Use products as directed on the label. If symptoms persists, visit your healthcare practitioner.

References
1) Besedovsky, L., Lange, T., & Born, J. (2012). Sleep and immune function. Pflügers Archiv-European Journal of Physiology, 463(1), 121-137. doi:10.1007/s00424-011-1044-0

2) Toselli, F., Matthias, A., & Gillam, E. M. (2009). Echinacea metabolism and drug interactions: the case for standardization of a complementary medicine. Life Sciences, 85(3), 97-106. doi:10.1016/j.lfs.2009.04.023

3)  Quick, M. (2015). Cochrane commentary: Probiotics for prevention of acute upper respiratory infection. Explore, 11(5), 418-420. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2015.07.012