It is important to safeguard your body against all winter ills during the traditional ‘colds and flu’ time of the year. Improve your immune system and you will do just that! The common cold is really a broad name that covers a wide range of symptoms such as running nose, high temperature, sneezing, coughing etc. It is estimated that we catch up to 3 common colds per year, however all of these may have different symptoms and levels of severity, depending on the virus that has caused the cold in the first instance. Increased alcohol intake (festive season celebrations) weakens your immune system – be prepared to assist your body.
Every virus that causes a common cold varies slightly in its chemical makeup, so even if you have already had a cold this year, any new cold virus that is circulating may be contracted by you. It is the job of our immune system to fight these ‘foreign’ cold viruses which invades our body. It does this through producing a chemical (or antibody) that attacks the virus and halts it from spreading to healthy cells – the antibody has to be an exact replica of the virus if it is to be effective in ‘killing’ the cold bug.
You know that your body is ‘run down’ if it cannot fight the virus – this means that the antibodies being produced are not exact replicas of the troublesome virus, hence it is being allowed to spread rampantly throughout the body, making you sicker. A well-functioning immune system should be able to replicate and destroy the virus very quickly and easily – a ‘run-down’ system will not!