Tips: Be careful with what you eat. Make sure your food is thoroughly cooked! Stay hydrated.
Feeling uncomfortable and bloated half way through the reunion dinner? Digestive enzymes might be exactly what you need when indigestion is holding you back from savouring all the good foods. Indigestion is more common as we age. Our digestive capability declines with age. Supplementing the following digestive enzymes will alleviate symptoms such as bloating, nausea and belching:
A combination of digestive enzymes with probiotics works the best for indigestion. Probiotics aids in digestion by secreting enzymes. Probiotics also prevents the proliferation of harmful bacteria which might worsen symptoms of indigestion.4
TIP: RESIST! The key to avoiding indigestion is controlling your intake of food. Avoid greasy food.
Cold and Flu
Catching an untimely cold or flu? You may curb the symptoms with the following recommendations:
Fever & Headache
Paracetamol has a good efficacy and safety profile for the treatment of fever and headache.
NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) such as ibuprofen is effective in combating fever and headache. NSAID allergy and gastric side effects are the major concerns when using this group of medication. Make sure you take NSAIDS after your meal!
Fever Patch: Cool patches may be used to relieve fever symptoms.
Runny & Stuffy Nose
Antihistamines are the mainstay of the treatment of symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose. This group of medication is also effective for allergies and itch.
Decongestants such as pseudoephedrine and oxymetazoline help in relieving blocked nose.
Nasal irrigation is a good non-pharmacological option for the relief of these symptoms.
Menthol and eucalyptus oil inhalation also provide relief to nasal flu symptoms
Ivy Leaf Extract: Ivy Leaf extract soothes the inflammation of the throat.
Mucolytic: Mucolytic such as N-acetylcysteine, ambroxol and carbocysteine breaks up the phlegm. Carbocysteine Lysine Salt is able to regulate mucus secretion and restoring visco-elastic properties of mucus.5,6
Antitussives: Agents such as dextrormethorphan and pholcodine are able to suppress cough. To be used with care in children or patients with bronchitis, emphysema or asthma.7
Lozenges: Lozenges provide soothing relief for the throat. Lozenges are available in different formulations including menthol, vitamin C or even ambroxol (a mucolytic agent).
Anti-inflammatory agents: Anti-inflammatory enzymes such as serratiopeptidase or papain, NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) such as benzydamine and naproxen are effective to relieve the pain.
Honey: Manuka and Jarrah honey wield good antibacterial properties. Jarrah honey possess potent antimicrobial activity alongside its strong antioxidant properties.8 Honey and propolis spray can be used as another alternative solution to provide an instant relief to sore throat.
Boost your immunity
Anti-oxidants are crucial to boost up your immunity and ease cold and flu symptoms. You may also recover sooner with the help of anti-oxidants. Antioxidants boost the immune system by neutralising harmful free radicals.
TIP: The best medicine for an episode of cold and flu is rest. Get yourself some quality sleep.