Why is individualised treatment important?
The same infection might affect us all differently, as will the stage at which the illness is at. If you have a flu that causes a razor sore throat then a runny nose and then a cough that lingers for weeks, depending on the stage of progression of this flu, the treatment will change in line with where your body needs the support. Often, treating the illness on different levels (herbal, nutritional, homeopathic) gives excellent results with individualised treatments determined by in-clinic testing.
Do I just have to wait for a flu or cold to pass once I get it?
No, you don’t just have to wait for the cold or flu to pass. There are many naturopathic treatments that may reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from illness. This means you get back to feeling like yourself faster, reducing the amount of time you are out of action and unable to work.
What are some good foods to eat when I’m not feeling well?
When your body is fighting a cold and flu, its energy is directed towards helping the immune system to address and recover from the illness. This means giving your body food that is easy to digest, warm and full of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Chicken soup is often the best food you can have as it allows your body access to key nutrition.
(HINT – It pays to have some soup made in advance so that when you come down with something you don’t have to go out and make it from scratch.)
Take note of the signs your body is giving you when you are coming down with a cold or flu. These symptoms will generally form a pattern that is consistent for you – maybe you always get a sore throat and feel really tired (more than normal) or you might crave different foods. Whatever it may be, being aware of your pattern means you can take action as soon as you notice these symptoms.
Having some immune support remedies on hand is key to preventing yourself from colds and flu-type infections. The right remedy, at the right dose, at the right time, makes all the difference.
Picture this. Immune health can be like walking along a narrow beam. There are factors that will unbalance you (too many late nights in a row, extra work stress, poor food choices etc) and which would contribute to you falling off the beam. Given these factors, the slightest little nudge would send you tumbling from the beam and coming down with a cold or flu. However, given a bit of stability (the right remedies at the right time) rather than a nudge, you would stay on the beam. Having remedies on hand is like having your own personal spotter to help keep you on the beam and supported.
We recommend preventing colds and flu’s at Kismet Health, there are many natural remedies and ways of supporting your immunity to prevent getting sick. If you would like to boost your immunity this winter make an appointment to see one of our naturopaths. We also have a range of products such as teas, supplements and immunity packs available from our apothecary.
Visit us at 15 Baker Street, Wangaratta Victoria or call (03) 57983829.
Post – written by Phil Chua (Naturopath)