How can I avoid getting the flu this winter?These tips will help strengthen your immune system and get you through the cold and flu season in one piece!
With the change in weather and beautiful fall colours 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.
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.
Increase Consumption of Immune Boosting Foods:
These tips will help strengthen your immune system and get you through the cold and flu season in one piece!
Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND began her studies at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario which is an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. As part of her studies, Dr. Lesley completed a twelve-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest naturopathic clinic in North America. http://www.drlesleynd.com