When was the last time you were sick? What were your symptoms? Runny nose, cough, sneezing, fever, cold sweats, vomiting, diarrhea? Unpleasant as those symptoms are, why do we have those symptoms?
If you are as smart as I think you are, then you probably responded with something like “so your body can get rid of what is causing the sickness.” Congratulations! You win a prize! Most medications we take are for our symptoms to make us feel better while the body heals. If you have a bacterial or viral infection, your body is going to fight it the best you can. Make sure your body has all the right tools to help it fight the sickness. Here are a few suggestions.
Zinc – A Conchrane review was conducted in Feb 2011 concluded: Zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people. Give me some zinc!
Wash your hands- the average person touches their face three to five times every waking minute. So that means on the high side, subtracting eight hours for sleep, the average person is touching their face a whopping four thousand, eight hundred times a day! Think about it…how many times have you touched your face today? What did you touch prior to that? Money? A doorknob? Toilet lid? Lightswitch? A pen? Your keys? Someone else? You get the picture – germs get transmitted easily through your touch.
Get Adjusted! – There has been increase in evidence recently showing the positive effects of an adjustment on the immune system. Consider it an immune system booster! For a summary of the research I found this blog useful http://freespinalexam.com/blog/tag/immune-system/ In a Consumer Reports survey last year, chiropractic was the second most effective for treatments for cold, flu, bronchitis, and sinusitis with those who used it saying 47% saying it "helped a lot"!