Coping with Cold and Flu Season
by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional ConsultantThe late fall and winter season bring with them the challenge of warding off various colds and flus. If we are armed with the knowledge of how to effectively support our bodies against these inevitable stresses, we may be able to improve our quality of life over the winter season.
"SOS" Cold and Flu Essentials for the Medicine Cabinet
- EchinaSeal Infection Fighter - for fighting off bacterial and viral infections
- Astragalus Combo - for daily, deep immune support to prevent viruses (stop at first sign of illness)
- Probium Multi Blend - for normalizing intestinal flora, boosting immunity and staving off intestinal infections or problems caused by food-borne-bacteria.
- SBX with Soil Based Micro-Organisms - Intestinal flora together with powerful immune boosting herbs.
- Oreganum Plus* Supreme Wild Oregano - studies have confirmed Oregano Oil to be more than just anti-bacterial. It actually has powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties.
- Activated Charcoal- for nausea, intestinal cramps or diarrhea.
- Fresh ginger or ginger tea - for warming up the body to fight off viruses. You can keep fresh ginger frozen to have it always on hand.
- Aconitum Napellus (30c) - for colds that come on suddenly (especially if chills and sneezing are present)
Maintain a High Level of Hygiene
Awareness and avoidance of germ exposure is important in preventing infection. One of the key strategies for avoiding viruses is to frequently wash your hands. Colds and flus are much more likely to be passed through contact with your mouth, eye, nose or ears than through the air. In addition to washing your hands frequently, it helps to develop an awareness of hand hygiene. If your hands are not clean, don't touch your mucous membranes. For example, if you've just touched a surface likely to be contaminated with germs, remember not to scratch your nose, rub your eyes, or stick your fingers in your ears or mouth.
Germ-infected surfaces include door handles at a public places, shopping cart handles, cash machines, surfaces in washrooms, anything in a hospital, and, much less obvious - your car keys and your wallet. Keeping antibacterial wipes in your car or purse is a good idea for those times when you just can't wash your hands. They don't kill viruses but they will wipe the surface of your hands clean. To reduce the introduction of outside germs into your home environment, always wash your hands upon arriving home.
Manage Stress Wisely
A regular relaxation practice can help take the edge off of the stress you encounter during the day. Thirty minutes (or more) of meditation offers practice at staying calm. This teaches patience. After even a few days of regular practice, the benefits are easily evident. You'll sail more smoothly through your day. Stress reactions can cause the production of immune suppressing hormones. So, a result of your increased tolerance to stress will be that your immune system will be less strained.. You, in turn, will be less vulnerable to colds and flus.
Tune in Emotionally
If we are suppressing awareness of a negative emotion, it can strongly affect our health. Suppressed negative emotions act like poison to our body and it's important to acknowledge them, feel them, and release them in a healthy, conscious way. If you are avoiding some difficult issue in your life and you develop the warning signs of a cold or flu, you may benefit from looking inward and facing a difficult issue in your life that you've been vaguely aware of. Chances are, your immune system is feeling the effects of it more than your conscious mind. Taking care of ourselves emotionally is as important to our health as any other aspect of health care.
It's easy to find yourself putting everything else (and everyone else) before your sleep, nutrition and overall self-care. The early stages of an illness can be felt in time to stop it if you learn how to tune into them. Be sensitive to tell-tale signs of an illness coming on: fatigue, irritability, thick mucous (especially in the mouth), frequent urination, chills, a tickle in the throat, or a headache. When you identify any of these signs, it's time to slow down, take a break and allow your body to "decompress".
Eat for Optimum Immunity
If you are pushing yourself emotionally, mentally and or physically, eat nutritiously for wellness. See Article: Fourteen Strategies to Boost Immunity
Put Up a Good Fight
For general strengthening of your immune system, Astragalus Combo is the best choice. However, if you feel the symptoms of a virus coming on, grab your Saint Francis Herb Farm EchinaSeal and take 20-35 drops in a little water, as often as every 2 hours until the condition improves (no more than 7-10 days). Then reduce to 15-25 drops 3-4 times daily for another 2-3 days, and then stop. For nausea or intestinal distress, use activated charcoal and Probioplus to soak up toxins and bad bacteria and to normalize intestinal flora.
Other strategies for fighting off illness include: sleep, deep breathing (for ten minutes or more at a time), stretching, hot ginger tea, hot baths, hot food or a walk in the fresh air. If you have a sore throat, look for sugar-free "zinc and Echinacea" lozenges, preferably stevia sweetened.
For best results, strive to avoid exposure to allergens, emotionally-stressful situations and exposure to chemicals or air pollution. If you are lucky enough to have access to Shiatsu, massage therapy or acupuncture, by all means, this is a good time to see your practitioner for a relaxing, immune boosting treatment. Remember, your good health is your responsibility.
The following products mentioned in this article are available in the WholeApproach online store:
Probium Multi Blend
SBX with Soil Based Micro-Organisms