Dominique Trauttmansdorff PhD, ND
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HEALTHY LIFE SOLUTIONS
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How can we protect ourselves from the usual coughs and colds that announce the coldest time of the year?
Our body definitely feels the winter in more than one way. Not only do we want to creep into a nice, cosy, warm cave and hibernate, our body also tries to protect itself from the cold.
The blood vessels constrict in an effort to keep the warmth inside the body, and this slows down the circulatory system. A slow circulation means slow transport of nutrients to the vital organs. The vitality and tone of the whole circulatory system is fundamental to life and the integration of all parts of the body. If there is weakness of congestion present, it will have profound effects on the tissues and organs involved. It is almost as if winter has moved right into our bodies.
Peel and cut some 30 garlic segments, and add them along with the rind of 5 limes or lemons to 1 litre of water.
Bring to the boil and when it starts boiling, turn the heat off and let the mixture cool down.Pour the mixture through a strainer and collect the yummy juice in a bottle to be stored in the fridge. Take one big mouthful before every meal and you will get through winter safe and sound!
Nature provides us with wonderful herbs such as ginger and cayenne pepper.
Ginger is familiar to most people as a spice, but it is also one of the world’s best medicines. It has been revered in Asia since early times, and in Europe it was thought to have come from the Garden of Eden. Ginger is a warming herb and thus stimulates circulation throughout the body. Its antioxidant effects have been well researched, and it is also known to have cholesterol-lowering as well as hepatic effects. The warmth of ginger is soothing for coughs, colds, flu and other respiratory problems. The list of gingers benefits is long and impressive.
Cayenne originally comes from the regions of the Americas and was first introduced to the West in the 16th Century. In cookery it is known for its hot, burning taste, and thus it is not surprising to learn that medicinally it is a warm, powerful stimulant. It acts on the circulation and digestion and is used for a wide range of ailments from arthritis, to stomach ulcers, diarrhoea or chilblains. It also relieves muscle spasms, and improves circulation to hands and feet and to the central nervous system.
Bilberry is another great winter herb as it is especially rich in Vitamin C, which protects you from colds and flues.
An excellent homemade recipe to keep all those nasty bugs and bacteria away from your body is this old-fashioned and proven garlic drink: