November and Autumn. A time to honor our veterans,
celebrate world peace, and express
gratitude on Thanksgiving Day.
Who has time for the cold and flu?
Natural Defense for Cold and Flu Season
An autumn checkup is a wonderful way to determine if your immune system is working efficiently. With the change of seasons and temperature fluctuations there is an increased prevalence of cold and flus.
Signs and symptoms of a cold or flu may include fatigue, nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches. A strong immune system is the best prevention for avoiding colds and flus.
Thankfully, there are MANY natural supports we can use to enhance our wellness. Here are some of my favorites:
Get adequate, sound rest. Turn off the screens, dial down the lighting at home, take a nice bath or shower, then hop in bed with a great book (that isn’t scary, too exciting or requires too much of your brain’s bandwidth!)—or take this time to journal. It should be quiet, cool and dark in your space, and give yourself at least 7 hours of good rest, if not 8.
Forego the sugars! In this season of making merry, it is easy to indulge in treats of all shapes and sizes. If you do partake, do so of a small amount, directly following a meal so that your blood sugar and insulin are not heavily spiked (this includes alcohol, too—another sugar!). Eat plenty of yellow, orange, red and purple fruits and vegetables, increase intake of purified water. Half of your body weight in ounces of purified water each day is a minimum!
Get out in the sunshine every day. The body loves some direct sunlight, so allow yourself at least a few minutes a day. Time outside in the sun is a great stress reducer and stress weakens the immune system.
Use Immune boosting herbs and homeopathic formulas for prevention and reduction of symptoms. Homeopathic remedies work by helping the body to cure itself -- not simply suppressing symptoms.
Here are a few of my favorites:
INFLUAFORCE PLUS is used for:
♦ Relief of minor Aches and Pains in Muscles and Joints
♦ Dry Cough
♦ Fatigue with Headache
Consider ordering Influaforce Plus from BioActive Nutritionals to act as a homeopathic way to prevent the flu. It’s used instead of flu shots for those of you that recognize the dangers of vaccines. The homeopathic remedy from Texas Biological Medicine, Inc. has added formulation for this flu season.
A weekly dose is recommended for prevention but it is also effective in relieving flu symptoms.
This can be used for temporary relief of minor aches and pains in muscles and joints, fever with dryness of mucous membranes and dry cough, muscular soreness, and fatigue with headache. Providing months of extra protection this formula comes in a glass bottle with dropper so it’s super easy to use.
BAMBOO EXTRACT is used for:
♦ Acute and chronic throat and lung conditions
♦ Sore Throat
♦ Runny Nose
♦ Ear Irritation in Children
Bamboo Extract has both antiviral and antibacterial properties. In fact, it was traditionally used for respiratory bacterial infections. It is most effective among the population who are most likely to have compromised immunity and is effective against long-term infections.
Bamboo Extract works very quickly for acute respiratory problems, especially in children and young adults. It is recommended for any upper respiratory infections caused by a virus or bacteria.
It is important to note that Bamboo Extract should not be used instead of antibiotics for severe infections. However, it can be used in conjunction with antibiotics for better and faster results.
Click here to get the video by Dr. Chi
He explains How Bamboo Extract Works During Flu Season.
SINUS CHI is used for:
♦ Relieves colds
♦ Muscle spasms
♦ Sinus Congestion, Headaches and Fever
♦ Runny Nose
Sinus Chi can block histamine release and consequently relieve runny nose, watery eyes, itching, swelling and other allergy symptoms. It adjusts immunity and relieves colds, muscle spasms, headaches, pain and fever.
In a study on 367 patients with allergic rhinitis, improvement of symptoms was observed in 57.2% of the patients while complete elimination of symptoms was experienced by 22.9% of the patients.
If preventative strategies are not started soon enough then we can also treat your cold and flu symptoms with natural remedies. The key is to seek treatment immediately. We offer a variety of treatment options which are safe and effective. Properly selected treatments will not only relieve your symptoms but often will also shorten the duration of your illness.
Here is a Facebook post about Vitamin D and how it is instrumental in cold and flu prevention. Click here.
At Texas Biological Medicine, Inc., we would like to provide you and your family with the tools you need to stay healthy this cold and flu season.
Call our office at 972-233-8339 to discuss a customized treatment plan.
Foods To Eat
Everything in life becomes more difficult when you are sick. Food included. You might consider eating the following:
Broth. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or vegetable, broth is one of the best things you can eat when you have the flu. Broth is an excellent source of hydration. Many stores such as Sprouts now organic bone broth.
Chicken soup. Recommended as a remedy for the common cold for hundreds of years. Research suggests that enjoying a bowl of chicken soup with vegetables can slow the movement of neutrophils in your body. The study found that chicken soup was effective for reducing the symptoms of upper respiratory infections in particular. It carries great nutritional value and helps keep you hydrated. Recipe included future down this blog.
Garlic contains the compound allicin, which may have antimicrobial properties. Broth with celery, carrots and garlic tastes good and is healthy for your body. Adding a garlic supplement to your diet might reduce the severity of cold symptoms.
Hot tea with honey. Manukah Honey has a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Drinking honey in tea with lemon can ease sore throat pain. Research suggests that honey is an effective cough suppressant, too. In one study, researchers found that giving children 10 grams of honey at bedtime reduced the severity of their cough symptoms. The children reportedly slept more soundly, which also helps reduce cold symptoms. We have a special brew called Booth's Brews, its an artisian kombucha of elderberry concentrate which has elderberry, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, all organic. Take a tablespoon a day to keeps the flu away. For children 1 teaspoon a day keeps the flu away.
You should never give honey to a child younger than 1 years old, as it often contains botulinum spores. While they’re usually harmless to older children and adults, an infants’ immune systems isn’t able to fight them off.
Ginger. The health benefits of ginger root have been touted for centuries, but now we have scientific proof of its curative properties. A few slices of raw ginger root boiled in water may help soothe a cough or sore throat. Research suggests that it can also ward off the feelings of nausea.
Spicy foods. Hot sauce can help clear up that stuffy nose. The kick in Tabasco has been used by many people to clear up their sinuses during bad colds. To spice things up, take honey, boiled water, lemon and, of course, and a few drops of Tabasco -- or more if you want it hotter. This will clear your sinus. Don’t try this if you have a sore throat. Our office prefers ginger tea.
Probiotics. Probiotics, the friendly bacteria, helps keep your gut and immune system healthy. Research indicates that probiotics may reduce your chance of getting sick with an upper respiratory infection. CocoYo is a good non-dairy probiotic. Remember Dairy creates mucous, so if you are feeling under the weather avoid Dairy.
Ice chips help when you have trouble keeping fluids down. Try sucking on ice chips to help re-hydrate.
Ever heard of the BRAT diet: BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. If you baby yourself, you won’t turn into a brat even if you only eat these foods.
Oatmeal. Oatmeal boosts the immune system and helps prevent and fight symptoms of the common cold because it contains beta glucan, zinc and selenium. It is easy to swallow when your throat hurts and has nutritional value.
The No-No's during cold and flu season: No dairy, no gluten, no sugar.
We want to help you relax. Call our office at 972-233-8339 to schedule your massage session with Tricia today. She has expanded her appointments at your request and will now be available on Friday November 2, 9 and 16th.
Ever drink a hot toddy for a sore throat or cold? Next time stick to the hot water, lemon and honey. Alcohol suppresses the immune system. our body is already fighting a battle with that bug that infected you. Why add alcohol?
Salt Water. Gargling with salt water may help prevent upper respiratory infections. It may also decrease the severity of cold symptoms. Gargling with salt water reduces and loosens mucus, which contains bacteria and allergens. To try this remedy at home, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a full glass of water. Swish it around your mouth and throat. Then spit it out.
Ingest Vitamin C. Instead of drinking sugary juices, consider eating whole fruits. They contain less sugar, more water, and lots of fiber. Oranges, limes and lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Adding fresh lemon juice to hot tea with honey m