PREPARE FOR WINTER BY PROTECTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Each year, the fall season brings its fair share of common infections (tonsillitis, bronchitis, influenza, laryngitis, colds, sinusitis, etc.) that can affect your productivity or even cause you to miss work or school. Having an efficient immune system is the key to fighting these seasonal ailments.
The goal here is not to avoid infections at all costs. In fact, the presence of one to two mild infections a year is even desirable to keep your immune system sharp and on its toes. Two small colds or less that are gone within a week or so show sings of a healthy immune system. However, serious flus and viral infections complications (post-viral fatigue, pneumonia, etc.) should prompt you to perhaps review your habits. Here are some recommendations on this:
Sleep well and stay zen
It has long been established that poor sleeping habits as well as chronic stress reduce the effectiveness of white blood cells to fight against infections. Indeed, the hormones produced when sleep deprived or chronically stress cause atrophy of the thymus, spleen and ganglia (three major components of the immune system), as demonstrated in the work of Dr. Hans Selye. When this happens, magnesium intake is advised. Magnesium significantly reduces the risk and duration and of infection-related complications, promotes high-quality sleep and improves natural resistance to stress, as demonstrated in Professor Delbet’s work. (Ask your natural health practictionner to guide you to the right magnesium product and the right dose for your condition, usually 200 to 400mg of magnesium citrate per day at bedtime.)
Limit your sugar intake
Increased consumption of fast-acting sugars (juice, molasses, white bread, white pasta, syrup, white sugar, etc.) reduces the effenciency of white blood cells – the immune system cells – by more than 20%, as demonstrated in Dr. Pfeiffer’s work. Not to mention that sugar contributes to the growth of bacteria and increases the risk of complications associated with viral infections. This is an inexpensive and effective way to strengthen your immunity system as winter approaches!
Modulate your immune system effectively
I have been practicing naturopathy for nearly 25 years as I am affiliated with Avril Supermarché Santé in Québec. Given the increased presence of chronic inflammatory diseases, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that we should be MODULATING rather than STIMULATING our immune system, and this is especially true for those who are most at risk. Modulation is achieved through intake of natural health products, for both chronic inflammatory diseases (such as autoimmune diseases) and for infections. Superior quality probiotics (ask your naturopath to help you choose the right ones for you), Ester-C vitamin C with bioflavonoids (500 to 2000mg per day) and a trace element complex (such as Labcatal copper-gold-silver (2 to 4ml per day) will help you get through the rough winter months. If necessary, Phyto-Santé’s thymus or spleen extracts (600mg per day) will support even the weakest immune systems.
Speak to your natural health practitionner for more information. People who use drugs, pregnant or breastfeeding women and young children should seek the advice of a health professional before taking any natural health products.