3 Proactive Fall Hacks to Avoid Getting a Cold
Although it feels like summer only just ended, winter jackets will be back out of the closet in no time. Before you unpack your winter wardrobe, it’s time to get prepared ahead of cold and flu season! The transition from warm and humid days to frosty and dry days is what causes airborne viruses to shrink and stay for a prolonged amount of time in the atmosphere.
Start Downing Vitamin C and Herbal Remedies Early!
Vitamin C is known to decrease inflammation in the body which helps to boost your immune system. This trusty vitamin is also known to protect the body against free radicals that you don’t have control over such as air pollution, as well as prevent and treat systemic and respiratory infections.
We love Cold and Flu Capsules from Orange Naturals for their excellent antioxidant vitamin and powerful blend of immune-supporting herbal ingredients including astagalus, echinacea, American ginseng, and zinc. There’s also a liquid version if that’s your preference.
What the Heck is a "Tincture"?
For an acute problem, tinctures are the way to go! In most cases (except for in children’s formulas), tinctures use alcohol as the carrier directing the herbs directly to the liver. It provides fast absorption and the herbs start to work immediately.
Because tinctures are so concentrated, you need to take less of it — compared to a capsule or in a tea. This makes tinctures super effective and in most cases with higher concentrations.
How are Tinctures Made?
Tinctures are made by soaking the herbs in alcohol for 6 to 8 weeks. The potency of a tincture can range. Some herbs are at a ratio of 1:1 and others can be 1:10 (herb to alcohol).
Once soaked, the alcohol is infused with the herb's healing properties. The herbs are pressed. The liquid becomes your tincture used for health remedies.
On average, it’s recommended that we drink six to eight glasses of water a day. However, when we’re sick (especially if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea) we need to increase that amount. Hydration enables our body to clear secretions more effectively.
Hydration can take on many forms, such as soups, broth, teas, and water. Try to drink fluids that do not contain sugar — it hinders the immune system and it can increase inflammation.
Adding Emergen-C to your water will give you the most bang for your hydration. You'll also be getting electrolytes which you’ve probably depleted, in addition to a dose of vitamin C.
Alternatively, an old school method that always works is a little honey with hot water. It’ll make you feel better!
Another Reason a Plant-Based Diet is Good for You
Health starts with the food you put in your body and proper exercise. Natural supplements will only provide so much support, the real focus should be on putting clean, healthy, and nutrient-rich vegetables into your diet. Fresh leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens, oily fish like salmon and sardines are superfoods for your defense against cold and flu.
A study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine said that regular exercise strengthens the body’s immune system in part by repeatedly stressing it. Feeling fit and being active cut the risk of having a cold by nearly 50%! time to dust those running shoes off!