Perspectives

Sniffles?

By Victoria Lafean

With the winter season not wanting to leave, you are probably experiencing stuffy noses, sore throats, not being able to breathe, and possibly a cough that could scare the neighbors. No worries. There are natural, inexpensive, at-home remedies that anyone can do.

Nature’s Living Bounty located at 1923 Holland Ave. Port Huron, MI gives the “naturalist” many choices. They offer a full line of “NOW” and “Solaray” brand vitamins, herbs and supplements with 100’s of Homeopathic Ayurvedic and Herb selections. Another sure place to find natural help is GNC located 4350 24th Ave #318, Fort Gratiot Twp. However, what are the best vitamins for the cold season?

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According to Pacific Health, these are the vitamins that need to be in your medicine cabinet for this specific season of phlegm and runny noses:

Probiotics– Build up probiotics in your system for at least 3 months, and you’ll decrease your chances of coming down with the cold by 12%. Look for probiotic supplements containing at least one billion viable cells.

Vitamin C– While Vitamin C is probably the supplement most commonly thought to cure or reduce cold symptoms, it may get more credit than it’s due. It can’t actually prevent a cold from hitting, but its antioxidant properties will reduce symptoms and recovery period.

Vitamin D– The “sunshine vitamin” is a great immune booster and can decrease the number of colds you get, especially if you have it in your system for at least 3 months. Most people are actually deficient in Vitamin D, especially in the wintertime when sunshine is sparse and the cold virus is at its peak.

Zinc– Zinc is a powerful supplement for beating the common cold, as it can actually work to kill the cold virus when taken for at least 7 days. Take the recommended daily dose (80 to 92 mg) of zinc lozenges when cold symptoms arise, and you may well see symptoms decrease and the duration of your cold shorten significantly.

Echinacea– Commonly used to battle cold symptoms, Echinacea taken in liquid form 3 times daily can indeed prevent the common cold. The daily dose of the herb for adults is 900 mg. Talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for your child, as it’s also effective in preventing and battling colds in children. If the virus does come along, increase your intake to 5 times daily to shorten the severity and duration of symptoms.

Nature’s Living Bounty also offers essential oils. Essential oils are great for multiple reasons. You can fill your home or office space with wonderful scents that are soothing and relaxing and they also carry health benefits. You can apply essential oils directly to your skin or to a piece of jewelry for similar effects. To aid with congestion and concentration, Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be used. To reduce fever and muscle pains, Lemongrass Essential Oil applied to the body or in a diffuser can aid in treatment. To cool off and stimulate blood flow, use Peppermint Essential Oil, and to stimulate your immune system, use Tea Tree Essential Oil.

At home, remedies can support you in the treatment of a winter cold also. If you feel like you’re coming down with something, avoid sugars and dairy. These increase the production of mucus and can make the illness worse. Consume fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. These include oranges, potatoes, mango, kiwi, and broccoli. Berries, nuts, and beans are high in antioxidants. Another goal to aim for is to stay hydrated with non-caffeinated pop, water, and low sugar juices. This loosens mucus and soothes sore throats. Live under a pile of blankets during the duration, sweat out the cold with your favorite movies.

Whatever your preference from vitamins to essential oils, or “Gone with the Wind” under your comforter, stay warm and healthy during this sniffle of a season.

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Victoria Lafean has been writing since the age of seven. She previously focused on journalism in college, serving as editor in chief of the Erie Square Gazette and receiving a degree in Journalism. After starting a writer’s workshop at the Newton Falls Library in Ohio, and creating a monthly newsletter for The Pines at Brookhouse Assisted Living, Lafean shifted her focus to becoming a well-established author. Wicker Hill is her first novel and O.C.D One Cool Dude is her first children’s book. Both are available through Amazon and Createspace.

Lafean currently resides in Fort Irwin, California. Lafean’s husband Evan is currently serving as a soldier in the U.S Army. Her hometown is Port Huron Michigan. Both Evan and Victoria hope to return after Evan completes his military service.

 



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