Warding off Colds

By Beaut.ie | November 29 2006 | 11 Comments

vitaminsWinter and colds/man flu are unfortunately synonymous with each other. Having a cold/man flu is not a pleasant experience. Runny nose, aching head, sore throat, temperature, hacking cough – yuck! Most people would do anything to avoid it, and worse – as we all know, there is no cure for the common cold. But you can do things to ward them off as much as possible.

Firstly, we all know about the wonders of Vitamin C – but why is it good? Well, it’s packed full of anti-oxidants which help the body to fight infection, and it can help to lessen the effects of a cold if you start taking 1000mg a day the second you sense one coming on, and keep taking that dose until it’s cleared up. Zinc is also a cold fighting essential as it boosts the immune system. You can buy chewable blackberry flavoured zinc tablets in the chemist which are yum and make taking vitamins fun! And easy! Another useful mineral is Selenium, which is a brilliant free-radical fighter and boosts our own natural defenses – you can easily get Selenium supplements in the chemist or supermarket. Garlic is also a great natural immune booster and can help to lessen the duration of colds. Now, here’s the bad news – the beneficial doodahs in garlic are destroyed by cooking so you’d need to eat it raw. Yurgh! The good news is you can buy it in odourless capsules.

Lastly, loads of people swear by Echinacea. It’s popular as a stimulant to boost the immune system and help ward off many winter ailments. It doesn’t seem to work for me but like I said, people rave about it, so it’s definitely worth a try. Again, you’ll find it easily in chemists and health food shops.

Happy sniffling, folks!

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11 Replies to "Warding off Colds"

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    kirstie, I´m sorry to point this out but NOTHING can ward off man flu, it´s simply too serious a matter to be writing light heartedly about

  • Admin says:

    You’re right. In fact that article came with a whole paragraph about how actual flu can KILL and MAIM, but then I felt bad for the weaker sex and took it out.

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I´ll tell you it can kill and maim alright – that´s normally what I feel like doing to HIM after listening a weeks worth of feeble snifflings and throat clearing during coronation street.

  • glittergirl says:

    Exactly especially when it’s nothing more than a sniffle………… I have the flu I’m dying can you make me some honey and lemon!!!!!!!!!!

    But on a more serious note I’ve heard in the past that if you have a cold coming on you should take 1000mg of Vit C and echinacea every hour for a 6 hours and it’ll boost your immune system and fix you faster. I always do it and it definitely works

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    yes echinicea works for sure – but only on some people I´ve noticed. If it works for you and you blast it into you asap it often means you won´t get struck down.

    Has anyone tried that First Defence stuff´- you know the one with the ad where yer woman throws a tantrum in the supermarket?

  • Maz says:

    I drink robert robts green tea with lemon and echinicea, it’s really nice. I don’t know if it keeps colds at bay or not but it tastes much better than normal green tea.

  • deisegirl says:

    Vick’s do a spray called First Defence which I find pretty good. It’s very hard to avoid colds 100% in office environments though.

  • Admin says:

    it’s dear, isn;t it?

  • deisegirl says:

    D’oh, just saw that Aphrodite mentioned it above me..completely blind!!

    It’s dear enough (something around €10), but a bottle lasts ages. I’ve had mine since it was first launched. Actually just used some tonight because I started to feel a bit under the weather. It makes me sneeze, ironically enough, but that goes away ;)

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I might give that First Defense a try so
    But you know the absolute best way to avoid colds – wash your hands all the time and never rub your eyes. I was told this years ago by a doc – and it really really works. The germs that you´ve picked up don´t get a chance to be ingested

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