Immunity, Colds & Flu
The common cold is caused by an acute viral infection. Bacterial infections occur in our nose and throat as a result of the virus. Secondary symptoms such as sinus, ear infections and bronchitis can become more serious than the initial cold. But why do some people get colds and viruses and others don’t?
When working with clients, training their immune and nervous systems to heal and recuperate involves many aspects. Viral infections will affect one person and not another because (as adults), either the person has already been exposed to the virus and is immune, or the person is not vulnerable to the exposure.
What makes us vulnerable?
Stress and our reaction to stress. When we worry, or suppress our grief, anger and frustration, we turn them inward and instead chew over these scenarios in our minds. In our heads we can find ourselves repeating that unresolved conversation over and over. We review what was said, what wasn’t said, and what could have been said.
If you worry about finances you may find yourself visualizing not having enough money to pay the bills, crying in fear of losing the house or hear yourself saying, “I haven’t enough money, I haven’t enough money!”
There are many examples of stress reactions people do, some are specific, while others are more typical of the general population. The trouble is, no matter how small the stressful topic, when we review these scenes over and over, we reinforce the stress reaction internally.
To our instinctual survival system there is no difference between small topics that created a small reaction and a life threatening stress reaction. They both produce stress chemicals that make us vulnerable to becoming sick.
More importantly though, our immune system eavesdrops on our mind. So our immune system also hears the worry, anger, frustration or grief every time you repeat it. Each time you review the issue quietly in your mind you release inflammatory responses and stress hormones into your body over and over again.
Eventually the immune system cracks under the pressure and fails to do its job, fighting the external bugs because of all the internal bugs it has to clear up on a daily basis. We ‘catch’ colds when we are feeling vulnerable, vulnerable to attack.
So what ‘attacks’ us psychologically allows for the pathological to attack us and the virus wins.
Symbolically, the runny nose and watery eyes we experience are another form of crying. Having a cold is an acceptable way of crying in public. Not many of us like to cry in public. So we develop a cold, get a runny nose and runny eyes so that we can cry behind our handkerchief and nobody challenge us.
So what to do?
Help your heart and mind
First, explore what the stress reaction is all about, and find a resolve. If you can’t resolve it, then have a Neuro-Training and Kinesiology session so that you can find better options to get past it.
Help your body
Use natural remedies such as herbs to clear your lymphatic system and assist the swollen glands and strengthen your immune system. Use herbs such as Echinacea, Golden seal and Liquorice.
Drink plenty of fluids as they have an expectorant effect by loosening mucus.
Increase Vitamin C and Zinc
Believed to promote a strong immune system by processing the essential fatty acids that encourage healing, when Zinc is taken at the first signs of a cold, Zinc can minimize its duration and severity.
A superb immunity booster, Vitamin C increases white blood cell production. Taken regularly, Vitamin C may prevent the common cold as well as shorten the duration of the symptoms.
Garlic is a natural anti-bacterial agent and helps break down mucus and may reduce congestion.
Use minerals known as tissue salts for the first stage of a cold such as Ferrum Phosphate, Nat Mur for sneezing, Kali Mur for heavy congestion and mucus and Calc Sulph to help in the removal of waste products and Calc Phos as a general nutrition tonic. As this tissue salt assists in digestion and assimilation, Calc Phos is also recommended for the treatment of anaemia in conjunction with Ferrum Phosphate.
Sinusitis can be relieved with an inhalation of Peppermint and Eucalyptus. For bronchial coughs blend Pine, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Frankincense in base oil and use as a chest rub to tonify and strengthen respiratory system.
A cool mist humidifier, vaporizer or a steamy bathroom can also help break down mucus. But not while you use homeopathics.
Avoid any foods high in fat. Stick to easily digested soups and lightly cooked chicken or fish.
Avoid drafts or having your bed in front of the window. This Feng shui position for the bedroom is not favorable for lung health, leading to cold being caught and held in the body..
Cod Liver Oil
Cod Liver Oil is a rich source of Vitamin A which is essential for lung and mucous membrane repair and also omega-3 fatty acids which are soothing to inflamed respiratory tissue.
Echinacea is a potent stimulant of the immune system. It stimulates the body to produce more infection-fighting compounds such as interferon’s and interleukins that combat the viruses that cause the common cold. It also stimulates the production of every type of white blood cell that destroys cold-causing viruses.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive Leaf Extract has anti-oxidant effects that are more powerful than Vitamins C and E. Olive Leaf Extract also contains Oleuropein, which has a broad-spectrum antimicrobial effect on a number of viruses, bacteria and fungi. It is regarded as one of the best supplements for preventing and fighting the common cold.
At Renewyou Happiness Centre we help retrain your Nervous System to come out of its habitual stress response. We help retrain your nervous system to to Recuperate from stress and so stop the drain on your Immune system. Stress and worry affect our state of health and deplete your immune system. Kinesiology and Neuro- Training programs generate new options for your Nervous system, your brain and your immune une systems to recuperate and function better.
Help is just a phone call away...so take the first steps to getting your health back on track by having a Kinesiology/Neuro-Training session.
For more information on recuperation contact Lyndy at Renewyou Happiness Centre 0421 607 948...and be a happier, healthier you.