Often when the symptoms of a cold or flu subside, you can be left feeling tired, run down and with no energy. Your immune system has been busy fighting off infection so needs a little care and maintenance to help you recover. A strong healthy immune system helps you reduce the risk of getting another cold or flu, and improves your energy levels so you feel fit and healthy again.
Effective herbal and nutritional options
Recovery strategies can be used long term, especially if you have a tendency to get a cold or flu every winter, or have a compromised immune system.
There are a number of effective herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and healthy lifestyle choices that can help you bounce back and recover from a cold or flu. Building up and strengthening your immune system helps improves your body’s defence system so you stay well.
Astragalus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years for its immune enhancing properties, helping to maintain a healthy immune system and boosting energy levels after illness. Astragalus helps reduce fatigue and increases stamina and endurance.
Mushrooms are not only a good source of food, they have a long history of medicinal use across many cultures for their antimicrobial activity and immune support. Reishi, Shiitake, Cordyceps, Turkey tail and Snow fungus are traditionally used in Chinese medicine for immune support and the relief of symptoms of colds and flu, and to strengthen the lungs for the relief of coughs.
Olive leaf is important for immune health and contains broad spectrum antimicrobial activity, effective against viruses and bacteria. Olive leaf can be used at lower maintenance doses to help with recovery, and for the remainder of the cold and flu season to support immune health.
Probiotic literally means 'for life'. Probiotics are living micro-organisms that benefit your health and wellbeing. Around 80% of your immune system sits in your digestive tract and probiotics help maintain balanced, healthy intestinal flora by inhibiting the growth of unwanted intestinal bacteria and helping to re-establish friendly intestinal bacteria, promoting healthy digestive function and general wellbeing.
Vitamin C enhances and balances your immune system, and low levels of vitamin C have been linked to an increased susceptibility to infection. Vitamin C levels are depleted when you are ill and while your body is under stress.
Zinc is an essential trace element that plays an important role in your immune response. A zinc deficiency results in a compromised immune system, increasing your susceptibility to bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Inadequate zinc intake over a 30 day period can lead to a 30%-80% reduction in immune protection.
Lifestyle choices for the road to recovery
- Consume good quality proteins
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Plenty of bed rest and quality sleep
- Drink plenty of water
- Get out into the sun to boost your vitamin D levels
- Gentle exercise
- Keep warm
- Reduce stress levels