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Anti-virals for every stage of infection
Cold and flu season is almost upon us as, winter’s chilly temperatures and drier air cause more of us to fall ill from viruses like the flu, colds, respiratory syncytial virus, and Covid. We all know the miserable symptoms – coughs, congestion, fever, body aches. But did you know that natural compounds found in foods and herbs can actually help stop these viruses in their tracks? To help your body fend off infection this winter, it pays to understand how viruses infect healthy cells so you can choose the right supplements and diet to slow them down.
Let me walk you through the viral life cycle step-by-step and show you which plant-based compounds can intervene along the way. Arm yourself with knowledge and a natural antiviral plan so you can stay healthy even when viruses are spreading like wildfire.
Outsmarting viruses: the 6 stages of viral infection and how to block them
The virus is the enemy trying to sneak in, take over, and multiply within your cells. To do this, it has to progress through several stages of attack.
Understanding this sequence of events allows us to identify where we can set up “roadblocks” using natural compounds to derail the viral mission. Let’s walk through each stage and see how plants are our allies.
By Sandra Ishkanes
I am a Functional Medicine expert specialising in women’s hormonal health. I work like a health detective, rooting out the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances and I take a whole-body approach to healthcare, combining nutrition, supplements, lifestyle upgrades and cutting-edge biomedical testing.