Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Secret To Fighting Colds This Winter

GUEST POST BY ASHA O'BRIEN-GRUDZINSKAS

Colds are the most common form of illness known in adults and children. There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold which are spread through hand contact, sneezing and coughing. Common symptoms include sore throat, headaches, coughing, sneezing, tiredness and a build up of mucus in the nose.

Now that i've let you know about the illness that will haunt the majority of people this winter, I thought I would let you in on a little secret of mine....
Garlic is my winter wonder food!!
It's amazing! Whenever I feel a cold or flu coming on I either chew on a clove of garlic or cut it into fours and swallow it like tablets and within minutes my headache starts to fade, my nose clears and my throat stops hurting. I'm not making this up. During the 18th century gravediggers in France drank crushed garlic to reduce the risk of catching the plague and in both World Wars soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. It is pretty cool stuff and its clinically proven to help with the common cold. A study done in the UK proved that taking a garlic supplement lowered the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Whilst a study done by the University of Florida concluded that garlic reduced the chances of an individual catching the common cold.



So the next time you wake up with a blocked nose and sore throat think twice about reaching for those cold and flu tablets and try eating some garlic instead.

Reference:

National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 2012, Common Cold, viewed 18 May 2013, < http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/commonCold/Pages/overview.aspx>
 University of Maryland Medical Center 2011, Garlic, viewed 18 May 2013, <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/garlic-000245.htm
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 Josling, B. Sc. 2001,  ‘Preventing the Common Cold With a Garlic Supplement: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey’, Advances In Natural Therapy, Vol. 18, No.4, pp. 189-193, viewed 19 May 2013, < http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.endeavour.edu.au:2048/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=773ea8e1-518c-416d-9c0f-7a8a2f39ae1e%40sessionmgr115&hid=102
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 Nantz, Rowe, Muller, Creasy, Stanika, Percival, 2012, ‘Supplementation with aged garlic extract improves both NK and γδ-T cell function and reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled nutrition intervention’ Clinical Nutrition, Vol.31, Issue 3, pp. 337-344, viewed 19 May 2013, < http://www.clinicalnutritionjournal.com/article/S0261-5614(11)00231-7/fulltext#sec2
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About Asha:
I was born on the far south coast of NSW into the most amazing, fun, loving, crazy family.
Growing up on the coast there was always incredible places to explore and many adventures to have with my amazing friends.Being quite a shy child, In my later teens I gained a new found confidence and a love for health, food and fitness.
After living in a tiny beach town for 17 years I moved to the big smoke (Sydney) where I am currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and I love it. You can find me blogging here and on The diary of a naturopathic student

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