Colds and Flu… Prevention is your Best Defense!
7 Ways to Naturally Prevent Colds and Flu
With the change in weather and numerous snow storms comes a time that we have grown to dread…cold and flu season! Here are some tips to help support your immune system.
Improve Stress Levels:
Stress (of any kind) causes an elevation in cortisol levels. If exposure to cortisol is prolonged, there is an inhibition of our immune cells from eliminating pathogens. Stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation and even massage can be beneficial. Naturopathic doctors also have some great tools to help with stress relief including acupuncture, herbal medicine, counselling and nutritional supplements.
Wash your Hands!
Might sound basic but washing hands is the easiest way to prevent the spread of infection. Try to wash for at least 20 seconds, with warm water and soap, and make sure you don’t miss the areas between your fingers.
Many people are exposed to allergens and toxins on a daily basis but may not even realize. A great deal of our immune system resides in our gastrointestinal tract fighting off pathogens, allergens and other “toxins”. By reducing the overall toxic load (esp. allergenic foods exposure), we allow our immune system to combat other threats.
Minimize Refined Sugars:
Refined sugars decrease the ability of white blood cells to attack bacteria, and can also contribute to imbalances in the good and bad bacteria of the gut, leading to decreased immune function. Avoiding pop, baked goods, candy, and other foods and drinks high in refined sugars will help keep your immune system working strongly.
Life is busy and sometimes we cut down on sleep to provide some extra time to finish the things we need to do. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
Homeopathic Flu Prevention:
The flu prevention shot contains 2 homeopathic remedies derived from mineral and plant sources that activate the body’s immune defenses against viruses and bacteria. When used in combination, these homeopathic medications have been shown to increase the infection fighting capabilities of white blood cells by 41%. This flu prevention shot is safe and effective and can be administered if the patient is already ill. Also available in oral tablets.
For More Information contact Lesley D’Souza, Naturopath, at Kingsway Health by the Lake. 416-231-9502