Nelsons® Coldenza® teams up with nutritionist Emma Wight-Boycott to help cold sufferers relieve their symptoms…

????????????????????????????????????????The winter season can seem like a long and hard slog. Not only are the days shorter, darker and colder, January to March is also peak season for colds and flu[i]. With colleagues sniffing and sneezing , children dropping down like flies, and husbands in bed complaining of the dreaded ‘man flu’, the threat of picking something unwanted up can seem to be around every corner!

If you catch a cold this winter, don’t despair, there are some things that you can do to try to help shorten the duration and relieve the symptoms. Nelsons® Coldenza®, a homeopathic remedy to help bring relief for the symptoms of cold and flu, is working with nutritionist Emma Wight-Boycott to give some top tips on how to fight a cold so you can get back to enjoying the winter months.

  • Sleep. Getting enough sleep is one the key elements to maintaining a healthy immune system. Most of us need around seven hours per night but some of us need even more than that.  During sleep our bodies repair and recover from illness so the more you can get the better you should begin to feel.
  • Stay hydrated. Water is essential for flushing out toxins from the body. If we become dehydrated the tissues in our nose and mouth also becoming more prone to damage by being dry, so while you have a cold keep those tissues moist and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Sugar. It is well known that sugar can play havoc with our bodies but have you considered the consequences of sugar on your immune system? If you want to try to help reduce your number of sick days then try reducing your sugar intake.
  • Stress. Stress can deplete the function of the immune system and studies have even shown that our body reacts to stress in the same way it does to an infection[ii]. Reducing stress can therefore ease the burden on our bodies and allow it to focus its energy on fighting the cold– so if you need some time off work then make sure to take it.
  • Healthy food. Diet is super important too. Eat a nutritious and varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats and legumes such as black beans. Fruits and vegetables will provide essential nutrients which help the immune system to function optimally and vegetables are especially important because they are high in fibre, which can feed good bacteria in the gut.
  • Zinc. Zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Increase your  zinc levels by eating more oysters, fish, beef and sweetcorn.
  • Vitamin C.  Like Zinc, Vitamin Calso contributes to the normal function of the immune system, especially for those dedicated souls who are exercising during the colder months! Vitamin C is found in sweet potatoes, kiwi fruit and chilli peppers. Try making a delicious and immune boosting creamy sweet potato and cauliflower soup with spicy chilli peppers.
  • Selenium. Packing a double punch is the mineral Selenium – it protects our cells from oxidative stress as well as maintaining normal immune system function. Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds are excellent sources of Selenium and a super tasty and filling snack too.

Nelsons® Coldenza® # is a homeopathic remedy specifically designed to help bring gentle and soothing relief for the symptoms of cold and flu. It contains a 6c homeopathic potency of natural Gelsemium, is non-drowsy and suitable for all the family#. Nelsons® Coldenza® is available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected Lloyds pharmacies and all good independent healthfood and pharmacy stores or online at www.nelsonshomeopathy.com.  £5.51 for 72 tablets.

#Always read the label

[i] http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm

[ii] Psychological Stress and the Human Immune System: A Meta-Analytic Study of 30 Years of Inquiry downloaded from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361287/