Read this before you use a cough medicine

The Good Life Letter 

14th October 2018

Are you stocked up for the winter yet?

By that I don’t mean thick duvet, cocoa powder, firewood, wellies, woolly hats and gloves…

Although all those are GOOD things.

I am talking about a remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throats.

Because unless you are very lucky, you’re going to get one. Right now, there’s an invading army of bacteria and viruses gathering. And if you have any underlying health problems or live with people who do, then it could wreak havoc.

Back in February a nasty cough virus swept through the UK. For many people it turned into a more serious lung infection and I have no doubt that this winter will bring another bout of nastiness.

Wherever you go – from cafés, buses and trains, to the school gates or the office – there’s going to be almost constant sniffling, coughing and sneezing.

You’d need to walk around in a plastic bubble to avoid the lurgy.

So unless you have a giant plastic bubble handy, I’d recommend you get something that’s strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory,

In other words, all the best ‘ANTI’ things.

And for my money, this formula is the absolute business – a completely natural blend of the most powerful protectors and soothers you can gather together, without any of the drawbacks of over-the-counter medicines: Powerful Relief for Coughs and Sore Throats

Now you might ask:

“What drawbacks are there with over-the-counter medicines?”

Well, firstly, the high sugar content. Most conventional cough medicines are packed with sugar or sweeteners.

Secondly, decongestants can raise your blood pressure,

And thirdly, they’re not very effective. As you’ll see on this webpage, a study by the Cochrane Collaboration tested active ingredients in popular cough medicines, including the expectorant guaifenesin, the suppressant dextromethorphan and the antihistamine diphenhydramine.  Their conclusion was that these had ‘little benefit’.

It’s crazy that people pay for these medicines when there are powerful natural herbs and compounds that can soothe swelling, protect against infection and speed up recovery…based on remedies that have stood the test of time.

For instance, in this balsamic throat syrup you get seven times less sugar than conventional cough medicines, plus the benefit of these remarkable ingredients:

  • Thyme Extract – this alleviates coughing and throat swelling. The compound ‘thymol’ is a biocide that destroys infectious bacteria.

  • Propolis – you’ve heard me talk about this many times before. This is the stuff bees use to protect the hive from infection by viruses, bacteria and fungi. In humans it acts as an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant.

  • Grindelia – this is an extract from the gum plant which has long been used for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and colds.

  • Essential oils – these are from pine, eucalyptus and mint, selected for their renowned abilities to prevent and relieve coughs and sore throats.

For more details click here

You might be surprised by one of the ingredients in this syrup…

The healing power of marshmallow

Desired by children for their pink and white fluffy goodness (when I say goodness, I mean SUGARINESS) you’d think marshmallow needs to stay well away from a healthy throat syrup.

But the sweet ‘marshmallow’ is named after the herb Marshmallow, otherwise known as Althaea Officinalis.

It was French confectioners who originally used an extract from the root of this herb, along with sugar and egg whites, to produce pâte de guimauve, an early form of the marshmallow sweet.

But the herb itself is a remedy of great renown.

Greek herbalists used it as a 'reliever of mucous membranes' and it’s traditionally included in herbal remedies for throats and lung infections – sometimes as a gargle preparation.

So in this throat syrup marshmallow plays a medicinal role.

As for the sweetener in this Balsamic Throat Syrup…

Well, that comes from a cactus – or to be precise, the sap from a cactus, which is naturally sweet.

It means that Agave is a healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, with a lower GI index.

This is why, if you’re going to stock up on a cold, cough and sore throat remedy, you really should try this out: Balsamic Throat Syrup

As well as getting that in for winter, I’d also recommend that you try and eat a balanced diet, keep washing your hands, get early nights when you can, and whenever the sun is out, get some of it on your bare skin for the vitamin D.

I have some more advice on that subject coming up, so look out for my email next weekend.


Yours, as always




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