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A little cold to end the winter … no thanks!

February 3, 2019

These days, many people around me having runny noses, are sneezing or have a sore throat. In short, they have cold-like symptoms (note that I’m not talking about the flu). I’m sure you’ve been noticing it too! Sure, you can run to the drugstore or health food store for an over-the-counter medication to relieve the symptoms, but why not try to prevent the onset of the common cold? No one is safe, especially if we are tired and have low energy reserves. I am 45 years old, a mom of 2 teenagers, I work full time as an education professional, I am a fitness athlete (so I train regularly), I love to cook and I am interested in everything related to a healthy lifestyle. So just like you, I sometimes run out of energy. So, here are my tips to avoid or limit the symptoms of the common cold.

Over the years, I have discovered 4 secrets that allow me to limit the symptoms of the common cold or even prevent it altogether: cinnamon, coconut oil, lemon juice and glutamine. Obviously, washing your hands regularly and getting a good night’s sleep are also important rules to follow!

Cinnamon Known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, cinnamon stimulates the immune system. You can use it as a topping for yogurts, coffee, meat, vegetables – a pinch of cinnamon powder goes great with so many things. You can also steep 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks in 1 liter of water and enjoy throughout the day. You can drink the infusion either hot or cold. Personally, I let it cool. You can prepare everything the day before. Your water will taste exquisite!

Coconut Oil Coconut oil strengthens the immune system. It contains, among others things, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Every morning, I top up my coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil or spread it on my toast! You can also mix it with your oatmeal. A true delight!

Lemon It is rich in vitamin C and helps protect the immune system. I drink the juice of half a lemon three times a week before breakfast. I use a (reusable) straw so as not to damage my tooth enamel!

Glutamine : C’est peut-être l’allié que vous connaissez le moins, mais il n’est pas à négliger. La glutamine est l’acide aminé le plus abondant de l’organisme. Elle soutient la santé des muscles et la fonction immunitaire. Même si le corps en fabrique lui-même, il est possible qu’il puisse en manquer. À titre d’exemple, la littérature stipule qu’une grippe pourrait baisser le niveau de glutamine dans le corps. Une  supplémentation de glutamine augmente la quantité des principaux défenseurs de l’organisme. Elle stabilise le système immunitaire, renforce les cellules intestinales et a un effet positif sur le stress! Je prends 5 g de glutamine par jour.

Note that this article should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your doctor for any health problems.

Sonia Bradette, BNI athlete

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