Christmas preparations are more than enough to wear you out. Your body could potentially take a beating during this time of year. There are so many people sick this time of year! Coughing, sneezing, blowing noses, you name it. But guess what? We don’t have time for this! This past weekend I felt myself “getting sick”. I not only have Christmas to celebrate but I have a wedding the week after! I was determined to kick this “cold” in the butt! And I did…
Here are a few tips:
First, let me say that I do not enjoy medication. I don’t enjoy overriding my innate system to speed up the process of healing. I do therefore know and center my practice around this concept: Your body was designed to heal and repair itself QUICKLY; all we need to do as humans is reduce as much interference as possible. (Disclaimer: not all medication is bad and some are absolutely necessary. With that said, running to the medicine cabinet or urgent care clinic should be reserved as last options. Use wisdom. Don’t let an infection get the most of you. And by all means be extra cautious with little ones.)
1. If you feel something coming on, that is your body’s way to warn you. Symptoms are a sign that something is not right. Pain is a symptom. Fever is a symptom. Running noses or congested heads are a sign. Pay attention. Treat the cause, not the symptom/sign.
2. Avoid sugar. Eat things rich in protein. Sugars hide in everyday products such as coffee creamer, drinks, breads, pastas, fruits, etc. Yes avoid fruits during this stage; bacteria love the natural sugars found in most all fruits!
3. Drink water and plenty of it. This applies especially if you have a fever. Fevers are a good sign that your body is fighting unwanted foreign pathogens. Low grade fevers are crucial. Be wise about high fevers. Every person is different.
4. Headaches! Usually caused from toxins coming off of virus and bacteria growing in your body. The only thing that worked for me (I tried ice, massage, Aleve, and Motrin- yes I was in pain) was a blend of essential oils. The peppermint and wintergreen gave me a slight cooling effect and immediately offered relief.
5. If your throat is sore, it is usually caused by excessive drainage or from pathogens such as strep. Strep is very contagious so avoiding the antibiotics on this one may not be a good choice! Try this remedy: 1/2 cup of orange juice (with the most pulp) with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Drink real slow. The burning sensation is hard to handle, at least for me, but it is worth it. This is my mother’s personal recipe that has saved her during her sore throat times, and most recently has worked for me.
6. Take the time to rest. Your body needs it. Thankfully I had Sunday which is usually the day of the week that I make a point to lay low and rest. I took four 2-hour naps. By the end of the day I was feeling 80% better.
7. Do you want my magic trick for ending the drainage? The trick is a warm salt water rinse. If you want instructions, come talk to me.
8. Last, but by far the most important: get adjusted. After a chiropractic adjustment, your immune response activity increases 48%! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see my chiropractor until Monday morning but it was by the far the best thing I did.
With all this said (typed) most people will respond great to these couple of tips. If you find yourself “getting sick” more than 2x a year, looking into your diet and exercise plans should be the first step. Maybe you are eating fairly well and you just need to add supplementation. Or maybe you exercise plenty but need to cut back on the mental stress. Whatever is going on in your life, make sure you value the importance of health first. Get checked by a chiropractor. Start eating good foods. Move your body. Find comfort in things above.
Reply with tips that help you during your “sick days” or ask any questions below.
As always be well and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!