It’s that time of the year again. Colourful leaves falling of the trees. The clocks will go back an hour next weekend. The early, long, dark nights are slowly setting in. Cosy nights in front of the fire, watching Netflix with a hot chocolate or two. Tasty hotpots. Christmas shopping. Warm water bottles. The list is endless. One problem that most of us can also relate to more chance of a sore throat and a snotty nose. I do prefer long hot summer nights, wearing shorts and feeling warm so much more than the grey cold woollied up winter days. However being an ultimate optimist, Halloween, Bonfire night, mine and my son’s birthdays and of course the Christmas make the Autumn/ Winter period a lot more pleasurable.
Don’t you find that around this time of year, often after a period of rushing around, when it’s the weekend chill time or during the Christmas break you suddenly end up with a stinking cold that often will rages through the whole household. We all know by now that a healthy sleep pattern (damn hard if there is simply not enough hours in the day to start off with), a healthy diet (rushing around means for some of us are guilty of grabbing fast food on the go at times) and exercise (I know I’m still guilty of not using these legs more instead of my car) will help you maintain an overall good immune system that can prevent or fight off nasty bugs faster. But even those who are good enough to sleep plenty, eat healthy and exercise enough may at one point be the victim of a nasty winter cold. Let’s just have a little look what else we could do to try and prevent or shorten if we do catch a cold and try make this autumn and coming winter a very healthy and consequently a happier one.
Here is my most beneficial top tip to stay ‘snot free’ this winter I have to share this one with you, and it’s simple. Consuming garlic. The sulphur-containing compound, Allicin, found in fresh garlic contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Eating garlic helps the immune system to make more white blood cells. White blood cells to help fight off infections. Not only that. The high Sulphur content has antibiotic properties, helping the digestive system cleanse by flushing out harmful toxins. What I am going to suggest is probably going to make lots of you wonder if I’ve lost my mind (most of you know I am not far off but trust me on this one please). All I can say is guys don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you feel a cold coming on or your body starts to ache grab a garlic glove. Cut it up in the tiniest pieces. Put it in a glass of water and turn it up and drink it in one go. Garlic is at best at its raw form. Repeat this three times a day when you feel a cold coming on. Just do it! No buts! Then let me know how you feel the day after. I was very sceptical at first. Until I tried this tip passed on by my dear friend last February when I came down with my seems to be zillions cold! After taking this magic potion you will feel the garlic working its way into your bloodstream. Like a warm feeling in your tummy. I seriously vouch by this method. For years I suffered from lots of colds, often resulting in nasty energy draining sinus infections. Since using the garlic clove method I have not been given any antibiotics for throat or sinus infections.
I’d like to finish my top tip garlicky blog with a massive hug. Please do make sure you give and receive plenty of hugs this autumn winter. Not only do they make you feel super happy. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure (me myself prefer the stronger ‘I can’t catch my breath kind of’ hugs –just so you know!)) on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This then again stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells which keep you healthy and disease free. Seeing as hugs are free and fresh garlic is super cheap there are no excuses not to try both!
Eat Garlic! Keep hugging! Stay healthy! Be happy!