In light of news items regarding communicable diseases, mainly viruses, and the beginning of cold and flu season, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us about basic precautions and natural approaches to supporting immune function and avoiding illness during this time of year.
1.Soap & Water- Nothing replaces washing your hands with plain ol’ soap and hot water! In fact, studies show that cold water and plain (read NOT anti-bacterial) soap are more effective at killing germs than hand sanitizer or hot water and antibacterial soap!
2. Eat crap… Feel like crap – So what qualifies as “crap”? According to the George Mateljan Foundation, your immune system requries vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants and lots of other nutrients in order to function well. These are found in whole foods. They are NOT found in processed foods or foods that are grown with pesticides and other chemicals. At K6 Wellness Center, we encourage our clients to adhere to a whole food diet. If your food comes from a box with an ingredient label, you are doing it WRONG!!! Try to eat “unlabeled” – let’s talk about what that means. Natural foods, fruits and veggies, for instance, don’t have ‘ingredients”. Their labels give nutritional information but do not contain lists of added ingredients. You will be much more likely to nourish your body by eating real food – processed food leads to disease, it doesn’t cure it! Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Actually, I question whether he used “thy” but that’s a different subject:)
3. What you drink matters – I bet you can guess what goes here… DRINK WATER! Most Americans are dehydrated and some do not even experience the sensation of being thirsty. I cannot tell you how many times I have had people come in with very long lists of complaints but as I look closer at their lifestyle and habits I always find that water is noticeably absent from their fluid intake. Despite what soda companies want to push on the public as far as purporting that soda counts toward your daily “fluid” intake – water gives life, soda contributes to ummm…. well, not life.
5. Rest – It’s really quite simple, folks. You have to sleep well to feel well. How many people feel great after a bad night’s sleep? None that I know! You need at least 7 hours of sleep – and bear in mind that every hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight. That means that the earlier to bed you go, the better quality sleep you will have. When you are properly rested, your cognitive skills are sharper, your immune system is strengthened because your body can accomplish its rest and repair work effectively. There is wisdom in the old adage, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”!
6. Finally, there are several natural approaches to immune system support. We highly recommend using vitamin D3, Protect essential oil blend, Noni extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Probiotic 10, and Reishi Mushroom Blend. Contact our office if you would like to order these products.