Padangekspres.net-Getting over a sickness? Naturopath Mim Beim shares her top tips for speeding up your recovery.
(Q) I caught a really bad infection at the start of the year and think I went back to work too soon, as now I catch everything going around. What can I do to fully recover?
(A) The word "convalescence" conjures up visions of weak spinsters sent to the seaside for a "cure", after suffering a bout of the vapours. But nowadays we don't have time to convalesce. Got a cold? Get over it. Take some tablets and get back to work. Conditions such as glandular fever and influenza are not treated with the respect they deserve. Getting better takes time.
This is number one for full recovery. No medicine can compete with a few days in bed with a hot-water bottle, cat and fashion magazine. If you can farm out work, including housework, do it. Try to shorten your hours if you really must work, and work from home if possible. Go to sleep earlier and get up later.
The convalescing digestive system does not need any challenges. Keep food simple and nourishing. Soups are perfect. Eggs are also good - poached, scrambled and of course coddled.
Now is not the time to start training for a marathon. But a certain amount of exercise is a good thing during convalescence. Gentle strolling in the sunshine is therapeutic. The rule of thumb is that if exercise gives you more energy, do it. But if exercise tires you, save it for later.
Herbs and supplements
What you take depends to a large extent on what you are convalescing from. For instance, if it is bronchitis, lung herbs such as mullein, garlic and thyme are the go. But you will also need adrenal-strengthening herbs such as Siberian ginseng and licorice; nervines (nervous system tonic herbs) such as St John's wort and vervain; and immune-supporting herbs such astragalus and echinacea. Other tonic herbs include oatstraw, withania, fenugreek, alfalfa and nettles.