They say that a cold is not caught, but eaten. This sounds very strange but in simple terms it means that what we call a cold (aches, pains, congestion or runny nose, and sneezing) can in fact be a reaction to what we eat, so first check your diet. Remove the likely offenders, dairy, chocolate and junk food in general for at least for a month before gradually re-introducing these foods.
Flu is more tricky. Flu vaccinations are next to useless and could even make things worse by stressing delicate immune systems. So what can be done?
During winter time, re-enforcing your immune system is the most important thing any of us can do. Eating well is the number one action, we can eat less junk food, replacing it with food as nature provided, without it being over processed or manufactured in a factory will make a great deal of difference in itself.
Also increase your daily intake of vitamin C. Take at least 1000mg twice daily. Remember to space it out during the day; Water soluble is best. (time release is not so good).
If you have been in contact with Flu carriers? or, feeling that you might have flu coming on up the dose of Vitamin C. A good idea to start taking Echinacea drops in water, two or three doses a day for say 5 days.
Always try to get into the habit of drinking lots of water….
Homeopathy. A very useful prophylactic (prevention in advance) is a Homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum 200c to take fortnightly during the flu season (October to March). This can be purchased from a Homeopath or homeopathic pharmacy.
Before strong flu symptoms are felt take Aconite 30c every half hour for a few hours this can stop a flu developing in its tracks, if started early enough.
If the above fails then the following remedies are very good to manage and shorten flu outbreaks. Belladonna, Ferrum Phos, Bryonia, Eupatorium and Gelsemium.
Contact a Homeopath for further guidance.