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Is it time for Immune Support?

It is that time of year again! Yesterday was chilly and as we move further into the year we all know what’s coming….Say goodbye to summer folks! Let’s embrace winter.

Unfortunately many of us have started to feel run down with a sore throat, runny nose, pounding head, cough, or fever. There is a theory though that i read about last year that getting sick helps us to regenerate new cells and that the common cold or flu can actually have a beneficial purpose. This will go against everything that you have been taught to believe about health. But let me ask you something – when you look around at our society has this model of health made us healthier? Chronic disease is on the rise according the WHO and by 2020 chronic disease will account for 75% off all deaths worldwide and are largely preventable.

This is what the article said in a nutshell…

 “By and large, the viruses that cause the common cold and the flu infect mainly your weakest cells; cells that are already burdened with excessive waste products and toxins are most likely to allow viruses to infect them. These are cells that you want to get rid of anyway, to be replaced by new, healthy cells.”

The idea is that a cold or flu is the mechanism the body uses to eliminate cells that are overburdened and no longer healthy. Without these ‘helpful’ viruses it would take much longer for our immune system to find them and eliminate them.  Therefore in the big scheme of things, a cold or flu is a natural event that can allow your body to purge itself of old and damaged cells that, in the absence of viral infection, would normally take much longer to identify, destroy, and eliminate.

“So you see, there never needs to be a cure for the common cold, since the common cold is nature’s way of keeping you healthy over the long term. “

Wow!! What a novel idea… that an illness could actually be good for us?

Read more here (including references)

But there is no reason that you can’t support yourself naturally while you have a cold or flu instead of suppressing a fever with paracetamol or taking cough medicines.

Your (Natural) Medicine Cabinet

Did you know that natural medicines do double duty when fighting an infection? Not only do they help you feel better quicker by reducing your symptoms, they can also boost your immunity and reduce your chances of getting sick in the future.

  • Herbal Medicines likeElderberry, Echinacea, Andrographis and Cat’s Claw – can help reduce the symptoms of colds and flu by stimulating your body’s own immune function; improving your runny nose, cough, fever, headache and fatigue.
  • Medicinal mushrooms – coriolus, reishi and shiitake can help reduce congestion and mucus, helping you breathe easier. We have mushrooms in a herbal tonic or powdered form.
  • Probiotics – did you know that there are specific probiotic strains able to help you fight off a cold? The probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®), Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL 9 and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 have been shown in multiple scientific studies to help reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold.
  • Vitamin C & Zinc – reduces both the duration of infections and the severity of symptoms, helping you get back to your normal activities sooner. Having adequate zinc levels also decreases the likelihood of you getting sick in the future; meaning fewer sick days needed annually. Ask us about our FREE ZINC TESTS.

Immune support tonic

Do-It-Yourself Recovery

Alongside taking your natural medicines you can help yourself get well by using these eight DIY symptom-relieving strategies:

  1. Ease nasal congestion – use a nasal spray containing antimicrobial essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree or thyme. Also, try a steam inhalation or take a steamy hot bath or shower, so you can breathe easier and be more comfortable.
  2. Gargle with warm water regularly – this can help ease a sore throat. Add a teaspoon of salt for added antiseptic and gentle anti-inflammatory benefits or ask us for our herbal gargle with Myrrh and Goldenseal.
  3. Use a herbal throat spray with Propolis and honey. Propolis is a byproduct of honey production made by bees it has anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties and sticks to mucus membranes and tonsils to help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. It may also help to protect you from catching a virus when around people who are couging/sneezing. It will also soothe a sore throat.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids – dehydration can occur if you do not replenish fluids lost through sweating, having a runny nose, or having a fever. Being dehydrated can make you feel sicker than you need to. Choose water rather than sugary drinks which can increase inflammation.
  5. Eat regular meals – to keep your energy levels up. Try nourishing, cooked and vegetable-rich foods like soups and stews (they also help keep you hydrated). If you don’t feel like eating, a simple chicken bone broth can help provide the electrolytes and minerals (such as magnesium, calcium and phosphorus) your body needs to function well.
  6. Use ‘food as medicine’ principles – chicken soup can also help reduce mucus congestion, especially if you add warming and pungent herbs and spices such as cayenne, ginger and turmeric. Add plenty of garlic too as it’s considered ‘natures antibiotic‘, helping reduce the chance of developing a secondary bacterial infection that can follow a viral cold or flu.
  7. ‘Eat a rainbow’ – include lots of colorful fruits and veggies where you can, to give your immune system the antioxidants and vitamins (such as vitamin C) it needs to support healthy immune function and keep you fighting the infection.
  8. Take time off – Don’t ‘soldier on’ and don’t feel guilty about staying home from work. Convalescing will give your body and immune system the chance to recoup its energy – getting you back to work quicker and fighting fit again. Your colleagues will also thank you for keeping your germs at home.bone broth for the flu

What else can you do?

For a personalized immune-boosting treatment plan we can tailor an effective strategy for your situation. Maybe you also have a history of catching every cold and flu there is – so ask us how you can also address the factors that may be weakening your immunity, such as a nutrient deficiency, stress or lack of sleep. Rather than wait for your cold or flu to run its course, be more immune savvy this time around. Support yourself with these natural tips and tricks, and get back to enjoying all the activities you love.

Call us if you would like an individual herbal remedy made up for you or come pick up one of our special ready made Immune Boost Tonics with Echinacea, Garlic, Licorice and Goldenseal. You can also buy one of our tonics right now by checking out our brand new ONLINE SHOP! Click Here

Until the end of May we are offering a short Immune Support Consultation for $75 book online here…

Or Call the clinic to book in 02 9979 9888 or reply to this email with any questions.

Stay Well

Fin Mackenzie Naturopath & Clinic Director

Green Door Health Apothecary & Clinic

24/12-14 Waratah St, Mona Vale NSW 2103

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