Bio-wellness Consulting

Immune

There are so many things about staying healthy that seem like common sense yet often we underestimate the potency of every day occurrences – like shaking someone’s hand, or pushing an elevator button. If your immune system is pretty sturdy you might be able to withstand the typical germ exposure. Underlying issues that are chronic, ongoing conditions are just as much the culprit: ongoing fear of job security, frustration at co-workers, a failing marriage, aggravation over the impact of home value because the neighbor has turned his yard into an auto-mechanic display, or worry about affording the care of an elderly parent. Many times our chronic worries or anger become the root of insomnia, digestive problems, fatigue, low immunity and depression.

In Molecules of Emotion, author Candice Pert suggests that “the state of our emotions will affect whether or not we succumb to a viral infection.” This is one explanation as to why an office full of people can all be exposed to the same virus, but only some become ill. Explaining that norepinephrine is a natural hormone thought to be present in a happy state of mind, she further suggests that if you are happy, the norepinephrine blocks virus receptors so the rheovirus…viral cold, can’t enter the cell!

While the relationship of emotions to our immune system might seem like a recent phenomenon to some, the studies that became psychoneuroimmunology were noted in the 1970’s. However Aristotle noted the connection between health and our moods stating, “Soul and body, I suggest, react sympathetically upon each other.” Yet, anyone familiar with oriental medicine would be fair to advise that other cultures dating back beyond 4,000 years knew ancient wisdom linked excess emotions to adverse conditions upon the body. Not too long ago it was considered heretical to imply that cancer was the result of suppressed emotions. Few oncologists today would probably put themselves in the position of denying the probability.

So what are some common suggestions to remain healthy?

  • Wash your hands often, and keep your hands away from your face.
    • Some contend that anti-bacterial soaps and wipes may actually cause the development of new drug resistant bacteria
  • Get sufficient sleep…make up for a late night or early morning with a power nap; a study published in 1998 revealed that people with disrupted sleep had lower levels of natural killer cells.
  • Feeling less than par…take an Epsom salts bath an hour before bedtime, but be certain to re-hydrate your body with a vitamin/mineral drink as you are soaking, and don’t soak too long.
  • Don’t take over the counter drugs to dry up a cold. Mucous is a transport system for the body to eliminate the toxins that it is trying to discard. For this reason it’s essential to drink sufficient water to help the body flush the unwanted toxins. When anything is taken to dry up a runny nose, it causes a hardening of the mucous in sinuses and elsewhere, causing the probability of infection. There are now products to help keep the mucous drainage flowing so that the longevity of housing the toxins will be shorter.
  • If your body has entered into a drag-out fight with a virus, the immune system can more readily devote energy to healing the body if the consumption and digestion of food is kept to a minimum…soups or congee (such pureed vegetables) and plenty of fluids!
  • No cold fluids, however. Cold water can reduce the nasal mucous velocity.
  • Chicken soup IS good for you. It does increase mucous velocity, and when you add garlic and spices such as chili peppers or horseradish, it can serve as a natural expectorant.
  • There are very effective teas at the grocery store that help with colds, sore throats, and other ailments. Don’t do teas in excess, but alternate with other fluids.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods that include a lot of colors. Fruits and veggies with color provide a lot of antioxidants.
  • Vitamin C stimulates the body’s own anti-viral properties, and a fever, infection and stress all reduce and rapidly deplete the body’s store of Vitamin C
  • In oriental medicine it is recommended to eat the foods only produced in your region and of the current season. As we are going into autumn it would then be advised to eat lots of root vegetables: turnips, apples, squash, Swiss chard, daikon radishes, turnips, bok choy, watercress, green cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and onions.
  • Some recommend avoiding the more acidic vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes, beets, zucchini, yams, avocado, green and red peppers.
  • If you are under the weather or feel the onset of something, avoid eating dairy and heavy meals including meats.
  • Fresh garlic, especially raw, is a natural antibiotic.
  • A lot of microbes can’t grow if the environment isn’t acid, so rest, caution stress and do things which minimize acidity in the body…include fresh lemon in your room temperature or hot water.
  • Get some sunshine and fresh air. Don’t let your home get too hot in the winter.
  • Make an effort to eat natural, organic, whole foods often. Don’t depend upon supplements to fully compensate for what you can gain from eating healthy to begin with. Don’t depend upon blended smoothies, at home or from a store, to supply you with all the nutrients you need. After a time your body becomes bored with a consistent routine of a meal drink and ceases to benefit.
  • All things in moderation. Keep coffee and alcohol to a minimum and consider organic red wine if you drink.
  • Avoid meat, eggs and diary that are not range-free or free of pesticides, antibiotics, chemicals and hormones.
  • Caution a diet consisting of too much peanut butter or peanuts due to aflatoxins which are carcinogens.
  • Stay away from foods that have chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors and emulsifiers.

Some say, “If you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t good for you!”

  • Use a water purifier and avoid fluoride. A water filter for the shower is also a good idea.
  • Get exercise.
  • Do things you enjoy doing.
  • Be with people you enjoy and who make you happy. Life is short. Create balance in all you do!

Finally, don’t expect that you can always take a magic pill and continue pushing yourself through every hour of every day regardless of how you feel. Any symptom is a SIGN that your body is communicating to you to slow down, rest, sleep, eat right and allow your body the time it needs to fully recover to a healthy functioning body. It will serve you far better in the long run!

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Doctor of Naturopathy
Certified Bioengergetic Practitioner
Member, Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
Member, Association of Death Education and Counseling
Master Herbalist
Certified Acutherapist
Member of the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals
Member The American Association of Nutritional Consultants
Certified CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
Certified RIM Practitioner
Certified Theta Healing Practitioner
Certified Reconnection Practitioner

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