The season is upon us and no matter where we go, we will hear the sniffing and coughing to prove it. It affects us all in some way, whether it’s someone we work with, a family member or we are feeling a bit run down ourselves. At Humfeld Chiropractic and Nutrition Center in Faribault, we have cold and flu solutions.
A cold usually has symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat, coughing and congestion. The flu (influenza) typically has the same symptoms but also include fever, body aches and headache. As a country this time of year we stock up on tissues, cold medicine, cough drops and make frequent trips to the doctor for a prescription.
However there are other alternatives.
The food we eat can run our immune system down and then our body is unable to fight. Especially in November and continuing on through the winter months, we see the increase of cold and flu because of the effects of increased sugar intake. We fight it and yet, the sugar feeds the virus and bacteria that we are trying to fight off making our immune system completely overwhelmed.
Stress can also run us down making us more susceptible. Years ago, I was teaching a class at the office when a person came into the room while I was teaching to argue over a bill. I was able to get them out of the office quickly and go back to teaching but was still upset over the situation. The next morning I woke up with severe cold-like symptoms. I was congested and could hardly talk. I increased my supplements and added more vegetables to my diet. I understood that this was brought on by stress because I was so upset over what had happened. I realized also that there was a mind/body connection and that night worked though the steps of forgiveness that I use with my patients. The next morning, I woke up feeling much better and made a rapid recovery.
Call us at 507-333-5388 with questions. We can talk about the impact our diet and stress have on our immune system.