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Colds and the Chilly Weather

Updated: Jul 1, 2022

“The cold never bothered me anyway.”

How I wish I could also say this, just like Elsa from Frozen did. But alas I’m only human, with no magical powers and I sure am bothered by the cold. It's actually one of the main reasons why I moved from New Zealand to the Sunny Queensland Coast!! :) Too cold in NZ for me.

The gloomy weather used to get me down and yip I was way more susceptible to colds, coughs and sore throats.

The chilly weather makes all of us prone to all of these. Do you know why this is so?

First: The cold virus spreads more easily in lower temperatures and when we get exposed to the cold or get a chill, our immune system tends to be challenged, making us more easily susceptible to viral illnesses.

Plus the fact that when the weather is cold, we tend to stay indoors where it’s warm and toasty. But because of this our exposure to direct sunlight also is less and this means less vitamin D3, which equals lowered immune function.

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Here's are some tips on how to support our bodies during cold weather

Getting an adequate amount of quality sleep is very important: Rest is the way our body can recharge. If you suffer from chronic lack of sleep, you become a magnet for all types of sickness.

Eating healthy is vital too: Stick to wholefoods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a healthy amount of protein, fats and carbohydrates - basically eating balanced meals that are suitable for your body type.

Stay hydrated: Drinking water, herbal teas, fresh homemade vegetable juices (but not too much juice).

Keep moving: I know the cold weather is also bed weather - it feels wonderful to snuggle and cozy up in bed for a long period of time. But you have to get up at some point and get moving! Doing regular exercise also helps boost your immune system, and pumps your lymphatics to keep your body in shape and strong to prevent getting sick.

Keep your stress levels to a minimum: Stress is the number one factor why people get sick regardless of the weather. That’s why it is very important to manage your stress levels. Learn to say no and learn to set boundaries. Learning to this for yourself is essential.

Vitamins and minerals: Aside from eating healthy and clean food, taking supplements like vitamin C can also help. But you have to take supplements wisely and under the guidance of an expert. Too much or too little can be detrimental for your health. It can also do you more harm than good.

Lastly, observe proper hygiene: Wash your hands regularly. Surfaces that we come into contact with can be full of viruses and handwashing with soap and water is our first line of defense against it.

I’m feeling under the weather, what should I do?

When you start to have signs of coming down with a cold, the beginnings of a sore throat or a cough, drinking a lemon, ginger, and honey can really help. This is my go-to herbal tea. Drinking it warm helps soothe the throat.

Hydration is also very important at this point. You have a tendency to develop a fever when you are dehydrated.

Staying out of the cold is also a logical choice. The cold, dry wind can worsen your symptoms. Keep your neck, chest, and feet really warm.

Home remedies are helpful and can ease your symptoms. However, if you develop the beginning of a chesty cough, green or yellow mucus, now it’s time for herbal medicine. This is where I can help. If you leave it too long without herbs and things get really bad, you'll need antibiotics. I always try to avoid these and use herbs where possible.

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