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Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Historically, colds and flu have been treated with medications designed to reduce only the symptoms of these infection. These drugs can’t activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.

There’s a better way. Research demonstrates that a lactobacillus-based probiotic like kefir can help activate your immune system, to reduce both the duration and the severity of symptoms during a common cold.1

The double blind study found that the college student subjects who took the probiotic supplementation experienced: 

  • A duration of colds that was two days shorter (four days vs. six days)
  • Symptoms that were 34% less severe and
  • A higher quality of life that resulted in fewer missed school days 

When’s the best time to start? Now! The sooner you start getting your immune system into top shape, the faster you will begin to receive protection from the viruses and bacteria circulating in every group of people you encounter. 

Here’s how to prepare your immune system for the coming onslaught: 

1. Drink therapeutic-grade kefir daily.

Chuckling Goat’s award-winning kefir was named Best New Dairy Drink in the World, 2018. We are part of the in the NHS England Accredited health support programme “mywellbeing,” member of the Royal College of Obstetrician’s “Mum Plus One” Initiative and featured in TRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official book Our Royal Baby.

We have a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, making us the number one rated and most trusted kefir manufacturer in the UK. Our unflavoured goats milk kefir made with real kefir grains is hypoallergenic and contains multiple live strains of lactobacillus, as well as other types of beneficial bacteria and yeasts, which have been shown to survive the digestive process. These strains work synergistically inside the gut both to suppress pathogen growth inside the gut microbiome, and restore beneficial bacteria.

2. Take 10g of Complete Prebiotic daily.

If you imagine that kefir “puts the fish back in the river” of your gut ecosystem, then you have to feed those fish. They are living organisms, and have their own dietary requirements. Gut bugs eat fibre. But what kind of fibre do they need? Our close collaboration with the world-class scientists at Atlas has revealed that your gut bugs need 18 separate and distinct types of fibres, many of which are contained in exotic items like arrowroot and tamarind seed. These elements can be difficult to find, source and incorporate into your daily diet. So Chuckling Goat has done the work for you, and created the most complete, full spectrum prebiotic supplement available. Vegan, gluten free, chemical & additive free, made with 100% natural ingredients, this prebiotic provides 30% of your recommended daily fibre intake. Just mix 10 g daily into water, drink up and away you go – the simple gut care solution to maximise your probiotic journey. 

3. Drink 3 cups of Get Me Through the Day Tea daily.

This natural medicinal loose leaf tea contains:

  • Rosemary, antioxidant and antimicrobial. 
  • Vervain – anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint – antiviral and fungicidal (and tastes nice! ; ) 
  • Mugwort – antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal 

Vervain and rosemary are also natural mood booster, and peppermint helps to sharpen brain function, so this is a great alternative daily drink if you’re trying to avoid caffeine. It will help bubble you along, and protect you from colds and viruses at the same time!

References

  1. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - "Probiotics are secret weapon for fighting symptoms of the common cold in college students, study suggests". Published by ScienceDaily on October 22, 2012.
    link to articlehttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022162335.htm

2 thoughts on “Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Are you ready?

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      We typically recommend keeping any opened bottles in the fridge, to slow down fermentation, making the kefir less ‘fizzy’ and therefore easier to open the bottle. However, our kefir isn’t adversely affected by warmer temperatures, so whether opened or unopened, they can be kept outside of the fridge as well 🙂

      Our kefir doesn’t go ‘off’ or out of date, it’ll just get stronger in taste. You’ll find a 90 day best before date on each bottle, this is simply for taste purposes so it’s absolutely fine to consume past this date.

      I hope this helps and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any further questions!

      Best wishes,
      Lowri

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