Tag: immune system

The snow, wind, ice and rain is well and truly upon us in the wintry north! So as we hunker down to chestnuts roasting on an open fire, twinkly Christmas lights and the festive season my thoughts turn to maintaining good health when the darkness and cold challenge us the most.

Do make sure you wear appropriate clothing, wherever you may be in the world – the saying ‘there is no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes’ is very true. Getting too cold weakens your immune system leaving you vulnerable.

In the north we also suffer from a lack of sunlight right now so make sure you are getting some Vitamin D from a supplement.

If you really must overindulge (nobody actually needs to) then you can aid recovery by taking milk thistle extract which is great for cleansing the liver – I hesitate to say it is a hangover cure because I’m not here to encourage hangovers in the first place….however, I am realistic enough to realise it goes on – so before you go to the office party take some milk thistle extract and take some the next morning and make sure for every alcoholic drink you have you also have an equivalent drink of water which can work wonders.

Upping your intake of garlic is also a good idea, either in your cooking or with a supplement like Allicinmax which is a superb quality garlic product which does not leave any garlic smell afterwards.

Many people also take echinacea which you can get as a tincture, tablets or as a throat spray. Take daily through the winter OR when you feel a cold coming on start taking it and research shows it shortens the length of a cold and can even nip it in the bud.

We must also throw CBD into the mix too which, because of the widespread nature of the endocannabinoid system, has a very beneficial effect on your whole system – so take a little every day for preventative purposes. I call it Vitamin CBD (it is NOT a vitamin!) because I firmly believe we should all take it just like we would take a vitamin supplement – daily.

If you’re feeling a little rundown opt for the nicely energising effects of our Absorb range – if you’re stressed out and anxious then go for the gently calming Signature blends.

You can’t catch a cold!

Keeping out the winter bugs

We are rapidly hurtling towards another wintry festive season – as ever my first thoughts tend towards the, ‘where on earth did that year go?’ type of thing!

This time of year I hear people tell me that there is this or that bug going around, making everyone ill. Therefore, I felt compelled to touch upon why this idea is way off the mark.

Did you know it is nigh on impossible to make someone catch a cold? Scientists have tried to induce colds in people so they can study them and they cannot make anyone catch a cold. Not a single person!

 

So what exactly is going on? Well first of all we have to look at the symptoms of a cold – a runny nose, streaming eyes, a cough, sneezing and possibly a raised temperature. These are symptoms of a body ridding itself of something toxic. It is removing that which it does not require or that may cause harm.

Those symptoms are signs of a healthy body doing its job – so DO NOT take medication that stops these things happening – all that does is prevent the cleansing and lead to further trouble down the line.

The next step is to understand that at any one time our body has at least 400 viruses in it but we are not ill. That is because providing our immune system is functioning well it can deal with all these viruses and keep them in their place. Viruses and bacteria are kept in balance by good immune systems.

This means we do not have to live in fear of bugs and germs as so many people now obsess about these days, in fact, steady exposure to lots of bacteria and viruses makes our body stronger.

Anyway, moving on, we can perhaps work out that if our immune system drops or becomes inefficient then one of these viruses, that come from within, can take hold. The delicate balance of our system tips and we start to exhibit the cold symptoms because our body desperately tries to restore balance by removing excess viruses and bacteria.

So a cold is actually a cleansing action from an imbalance. This is why, if you have had a long weekend overindulging (will anyone be doing that anytime in December I wonder?) come Monday morning you have a lousy cold. It is a simple response to excess intake of toxins, a depleted tired immune system and an imbalance in our system.

This also explains why it is common to get a spring cold, or an end of the summer cold – it is the body carrying out a cleansing of the system!

Therefore – you cannot catch a cold other than by your own behaviour affecting your internal environment.

Hang on I hear you say, what about when I was told to where a coat in winter or I’d catch a cold…and I did!

Well, the explanation for this is that going out in cold weather without wrapping up warm is actually not a very clever thing to do as this puts enormous stress on your body to stay warm – this stress then depletes our immune system and away we go – so there is some truth in this but it is not because a bug was lurking in a darkened corner waiting to pounce on you! It was inside all along.

Of course, there are simple things you can do to help your immune system stay strong such as taking echinacea when you feel a cold coming on. Some people prefer to take it all the time over the winter. High dose vitamin C is also useful. Interestingly, keeping your digestive system in order has a powerful effect on your immune system so taking a good quality probiotic such as Immunbiotix by Quest or drinking kefir can also help. This is even more important if you’ve had antibiotics recently – it is a bizarre phenomenon that antibiotics will weaken your immune system if you take them for an infection. Do not forget most infections will be dealt with without the need for antibiotics – they are last resort weapons, not front line instant use meds.

 

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