By Carolyn Berghuis, MS, ND, CTN
Well, it’s here -cold and flu season. This means we’re all more likely to get exposed to viruses that can make us feel awful for a week or more, and make us susceptible to bacterial infections as well. Taking antibiotics and steroids (which are commonly prescribed for these infections) can help in the short term, but they can lead to more health issues later on. So anything you can do to help you fight off infections without the need for antibiotics or steroids, the better it will be for your long-term health. I’d like to help you accomplish that goal.
Let’s get your immune system in tip top shape. This process can take time – anywhere from a few weeks to several months . A few basic steps:
Have You Experienced These Symptoms?
The alarm has just gone off, and once again, you are not waking up refreshed. It was a long, restless night. Your pain seemed to subside just enough to grab a few winks of sleep, certainly not enough for your body to regenerate. However, you must “soldier” on, people are counting on you. The kids need to be fed, the house need to be picked up, then there is that work project that is weighing heavily on your mind. It will be another day of mental fog, body aches, and fatigue.
Remembering a time when you felt well you reflect a bit on that one incident – you haven’t been well ever since. Or maybe you have already have received the diagnoses of one, or more, autoimmune diseases. Either way, a sense of hopelessness enters in. Maybe you have received diagnostic testing that didn’t offer significant answers. And perhaps, you have tried over the counter and prescriptive medications, and yet, your pain and discomfort persists. Improvement has been minimal or non-existent. Sadly, chronic illness has become commonplace for all too many individuals today.
In a nut shell, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Things are not always as they appear and the underlying cause of atherosclerosis is no exception. With heart disease claiming the lives of about 610,000 every year in the United States (that’s 1 in 4 deaths), making it the leading cause of death according to the CDC, it is a good idea to look at real prevention.
Often we think in terms of cholesterol and inflammation as underlying causes. However, new research is pointing to bacteria in your mouth as a major culprit. This also helps explain the gum disease – heart disease connection. In a nut shell, arteries clog when fatty substances build up on the walls of arteries and capillaries. The blood vessel walls become inflamed and the immune system sends cells to deal with the inflammation. Looking at the cause of inflammation can lead us down the path of understanding wellness. And it is quite possible (probable in my opinion) that the cause of inflammation lies in an underlying bacteria issue.
Well, it’s that time of year again. The cold and flu season has begun. Just yesterday I was at Whole Foods and as a lady offered me her shopping cart she made sure to let me know she wasn’t sick. We laughed a bit together and I for one counted my blessings. After all, I was recovering from a nasty head cold myself! After a bit of increased stress my immune system took a hit and lost its edge. I pushed myself a bit too far while writing a series of papers for a a New Testament class I was taking. As a result a cold virus got the better of me – ouch! I addressed it naturally and I am in fine shape now - lesson learned. No more late nights staying up writing papers - pace yourself Carolyn.
Given the “invasion” of the cold and flu viruses this time of year I thought a little practical, getting back to basics, advice is in order. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again, cold and flu season is creeping in. While you will likely be exposed to the viruses associated with either or both, you need not succumb to the uncomfortable symptoms they offer. There’s a wise old saying that I adhere to: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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