Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Go-to Natural Remedies to Take This Winter

‘Go-to Natural Remedies to Take This Winter’

By Stephen Eddey, Naturopath Nutritionist and Principal of Health School Australia

We’re in the peak of cold and flu season here in Australia, and sometimes it may feel like you just can’t shake off those symptoms of cold and flu, no matter how hard you try. Other times, it can feel as though your household is playing a game of hot potato- only this time with a head cold! Instead of reaching for cold and flu tablets, try giving your immune system a break and nourish it naturally. Mother-nature has provided us with a number of remedies for the symptoms of cold and flu that are safe for both you and your family. Stephen Eddey, Naturopath Nutritionist and Principal of Health School Australia has given us a list of his go-to natural remedies to take this winter, to help you stop those sniffles, once and for all.

1. Fresh Picked Olive Leaf Extract
Antioxidants eat up free radicals that weaken our immune system and cause inflammation. With five times (400%) more antioxidant power than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C according to a scientific study[i], Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract has traditionally been used in Western Medicine to support the immune system and fight symptoms of cold and flu. Olive Leaf has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which prove beneficial for immunity and help keep viral infections at bay, and is even suitable for kids- winner!

2. Peppermint
Here’s an excuse for you to indulge in some more herbal tea: Peppermint actually contains menthol, which acts as a decongestant. It also helps soothe an aching body, a common symptom of cold and flu. Sip on Peppermint tea during the day to not only keep your fluids up but assist in clearing a congested nose! 

3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in our immune system. In the winter months, the sun is at its lowest and our Vitamin D levels easily become depleted, in turn weakening our immune system. Some studies have shown that people who have low vitamin D levels may have a higher chance of developing influenza.  Spending 20 minutes in the sun while on your lunch break could help to increase your Vitamin D levels. 

4. Ginger
Ginger tea is said to help ease headaches and sore throats, and is used as a traditional asthma reliever in the West Indies. Ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your body that make you susceptible to infections, particularly in your lungs and sinuses. Sip on ginger tea, or add some ginger, honey and lemon to your peppermint tea for a powerhouse cold/flu fighting blend!

5. Zinc
You’ve probably heard this one before- and for good reason! Research suggests that zinc can help control infections by slowing your immune system’s response, to in turn prevent damaging, out of control inflammation. This could be why taking zinc tablets when you begin to feel the onset of cold and flu symptoms could help stem the effects of the illness .

It’s important to keep in mind that these natural remedies will be complimented by a healthy lifestyle- try to avoid processed foods and sleep for the recommended 7-8 hours per night to avoid weakening your immune system any further. 

Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract range of fresh-picked liquid extracts are gaining traction as one of the most sought after natural health supplements. The powerful antioxidant assists in supporting the maintenance of normal heart function and has been traditionally used to help support a healthy immune system.
Renowned throughout the ages for their multi-use health benefits, Olive Leaves were used over 4000 years ago by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures for their multi-purpose medicinal qualities. They have since lived on as one of the best immune supporting nutritional supplements, with more recent research also showing benefits for cardiovascular health. This is thought to be due to their unusually high levels of polyphenols, a group of compounds that have many potential health benefits.
Olive oil phenolic compounds, such as oleuropein and cafeic acid have attracted attention because of their potential anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive Leaf Extract is used traditionally to support a healthy immune system but also assists in the maintenance of normal heart function and cardiovascular health.
Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract has 400% more antioxidant powerii than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C and is available in Natural, Mixed Berry and Peppermint flavours; making it easy for the whole family to take.
Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract product range is available in four sizes including a 30 day supply 500ml bottle (RRP $40.50) and a 200ml Mixed Berry flavoured extract is also available for children (RRP $33.75).
Comvita’s Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract is available at most pharmacies and health food stores nationwide.
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[i] Stevenson., L., Hunter, D., “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of EnvirOlea® Olive Leaf Extracts” Southern Cross University, 2005. Commissioned by Olive Products Australia. CHC 41449-05/10
[i] Laaski I, Ruohola JP, Tuohimaa P, et al. An association of serum vitamin D concentrations <40 nmol/L with acute respiratory tract infection in young Finnish men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007;86:714-717.
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