Zap that summer cold!

We usually associate the cold virus with winter: coughs, sore throats, runny noses and stuffy heads are as part of the season as the cold damp weather!

Summer colds can be just as much of a problem though and the cold virus can ruin your summer holidays as much as your Christmas holidays!

During summer months there are also higher incidences of another viral infection: this time from the Enterovirus family. This type of virus can produce upper respiratory infections as well as a whole host of other nasty infections.

Hay fever symptoms have a cross-over with summer colds too, with increased mucous production, sneezing, sore throats and coughing. Hay fever symptoms wax and wane according to the pollen counts though, whereas a summer cold lasts anything from 2-10 days, depending on the severity of the infection and strength of your immune system.

Can I Prevent A Summer Cold?

Keeping your immune system in good shape, eating well and making time for rest and relaxation are all important ways to support your health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can help ease your cold symptoms by:

    • Enhancing the actions of Natural Killer cells – important cells in your immune system that fight viral infections.
    • Modulating the actions of other immune cells: T-cells and B-cells are other key team members of your immune system and work in different ways to fight infections and reduce the duration of your cold.
    • Reducing pain by stimulating nerve pathways which release endorphins, our ‘feel good’ chemicals.
    • Increasing microcirculation to enhance delivery of nutrients and reduce any swelling in the nose, throat and respiratory passages.

It is of course crucially important to observe good hygiene, particularly if you are infected with a virus. Always wash your hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose to limit the spread of the virus and burn anti-bacterial essential oils in an oil burner to purify the air in your home and help ease any congestion in your airways. Tea tree oil and thyme oil are excellent choices for this.

Foods to ease a summer cold

In winter it is easy to curl up with hot soup and ginger tea to alleviate your cold – this is not so easy when it’s 28 degrees outside! Instead, try soothing fresh vegetable juices such as apple carrot and ginger, or pear fennel cucumber and ginger to increase your intake of immune-boosting nutrients like beta carotene and vitamin C. Pumpkin seeds, poultry and shellfish are great sources of zinc, a powerful antioxidant mineral which has been proven to reduce the severity and length of a cold infection. For further nutritional advice see my links page for trusted Nutritional Therapists who can help.

Is a summer cold ruining your holidays?

Does hayfever wreck your summer?

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