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That Winter is the cold and ‘flu season and as we know “coughs and sneezes spread diseases”. No surprise. It is the time for boosting immunity.

Some scientists suggest that fine aerosols suffice for transmission and not just droplets. Though the deluge of conflicting scientific data in the main stream media risks the conclusion that “to a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail”. 

Consequently, be it droplets or aerosols, “social distancing”, wearing masks when in proximity, and washing hands seems like common sense.  What then, cross fingers and hope for the best?

Hope for the best – Or boost immunity?

Simple self-help and low cost measures are drowned out in the clamour for vaccines and novel treatment. Let’s start with sleep. The body reinvigorates itself after  good sleep. As you know, you are more at risk of catching a cold or worse when get tired from over work (or play), then you catch a ‘cold’ or worse.

No winter sun - then take vitamin D3

Vitamins and minerals support the immune system. The protection offered  by vitamin D is important, because sunlight is key to its availability, and there is not much sun to be had at this time of year. Here is a guide on dosage:  How much vitamin D to take

Bad Luck

So what if you go down with a respiratory infection? 

Let’s start first with the basics: rest and take plenty of fluids. 

In your cupboard have to hand some Echinacea and most certainly vitamin C (maybe in combination with zinc). Echinacea has benefits in the early stage of infection, just follow the instruction on the bottle. Vitamin C and Zinc both have strong anti-viral properties.

Vitamin C and D are excellent supplements for boosting immunity
Vitamin C

Being water soluble, Vitamin C does not accumulate in the body so is very safe (some looseness of bowel indicates saturation, at which point dosage should be reduced).  

On day one take up to 1000mg per hour, then cut back to the same dosage every four to six hours. If zinc is not taken in combination with vitamin C, a safe dosage is 25 mg per day*.  

Not a good idea…

Paracetamol or aspirin are common in cold and ‘flu preparations but best avoided, as they only provide symptomatic relief and do not improve resistance. They also suppress fever, which is the natural defence of the body to viral or bacterial attack. Importantly, give yourself time to recuperate (especially after a proper ‘flu).

*the doses suggested are for young adults upward, please check labels for  guidance for younger children.  Vitamin C is safe for all ages using the ‘loose bowel’ guidance above.

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Disclaimer: I am a qualified professional homeopath and not a medical doctor. The NHS has many resources, and seeking the opinion of your GP is always of value.

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