Written by Annie Heath
This is the second post in my new holistic healing/natural health series, where we explore alternatives to mainstream healthcare and find new ways for you to care for yourself. If you would like to submit a post to this series, contact me (mamapoekie at yahoo dot com).
In this post, we explore some helpful pointers for making your way through the dreariness of winter without feeling dreary and down yourself.
Feeling overweight? Don’t go on an extensive detox – it is just the wrong time of year! Your body naturally wants to store, feels a bit more inclined to hibernate , and is often exhausted as we have partied hard and are then taking stock of our final year. Eating healthily – lots of warming foods – veg, pulses, some good quality meats and fish, - natural, seasonal foods – will soon get you feeling better. Just cut out the sugar, and lessen the dairy! Spring is the most natural time for a detox.
Optimize Your Omega-3
There are a number of studies that show that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils are associated with decreased depression.
Exercise Boosts Mood
Exercise is widely known as a natural mood booster. Simply getting out for a brisk walk or heading to the gym for 30-minute workout can do wonders for your mood, and your body will benefit too. Find something you enjoy, and don’t feel it has to be a strict routine.
Exercise will also help to boost your immune system, which means you're less likely to come down with a cold or flu -- another reason why many people don't look forward to the winter season.
If you do get a cold...
- Researchers have shown zinc lozenges reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms, particularly a sore throat. They believe the zinc is directly toxic to the virus and stimulates your body to produce antibodies to destroy the virus. They seem to work for about three out of four colds. Zinc is also essential in absorption of vitamin c.
- Extra vitamin C is helpful.
- Vitamin A in large doses may be helpful.
- It enhances immunity and protects against colds and flu. It is needed for the formation of skin and mucous membranes, so having enough vit A protects against infections of bladder, kidneys, lungs and mucous membranes. However if you are pregnant you should not use it. It is also a well known wrinkle eliminator!
- Found naturally in fish liver oils, green and yellow fruits and vegetables. Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, garlic, papaya, pumpkin, peaches, red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, watercress, squash.
- Garlic is an excellent natural antibiotic and potent immune system stimulant.
- Echinacea is the most widely used herbal medication in Europe for colds and infections. It contains inulin which enhances the production of immunoglobulins. Astralgalas and goldenseal also enhance the immune system and are widely used in Europe and China for infections.
- Essential fatty acids should also be taken regularly. This will help your immune system build the proper antibodies.
- The Homeopathic remedy Aconite taken right at the beginning of a cold can often help nip it in the bud. Pulsatilla and Chamomilla are great for kids with green snotty colds, especially when they are teething. If it is chesty, dry and hurts to move/cough try Bryonia, if there is rattly mucus that won't come up, try Ant Tart.
Take a few preventative steps and before you know it, you will be happy , healthy , content, and the sun will be shining!!
Annie Heath runs www.holistic2go.com. Holistic2Go stocks quality, Practitioner level supplements, holistic remedies and Organic skin and bodycare. Annie is passionate about helping people be able to make informed health choices and be able to afford their chosen solutions.
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Annie is a qualified Homeopath, based in Brighton, UK.
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