With predictions of one of the coldest winters ever seen in the Lower Mainland, now is the time to prepare your immune system for the attack of viruses that cause colds and flu. In fact, our clinic has already started to see patients suffering from coughs, sore throat, fever, chills, congestion, and etc.

A basic guideline in diet, lifestyle, and nutritional support to prevent colds and flu is as follows:

Diet

  • Incorporate a whole food diet – a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds.
  • Drink adequate water – at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day!
  • Avoid refined sugar as a single sugary treat can depress your immune system for up to 48 hours after intake.

Lifestyle

  • Implement stress management strategies as stress can play a major contributing factor in depressed immunity. Take baths, or try yoga, meditation, or Qigong.
  • Exercise! Choose something that is enjoyable. Body movements help improve circulation and move the lymphatic system, thereby helping detoxify your body.
  • Keep your neck warm to protect it from wind, drafts, and cold. Wear turtle neck sweaters and scarves. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the neck is the area where wind can invade the body and cause sickness.
  • Ensure adequate rest and go to bed earlier!

Nutritional support

  • Take vitamin C daily as it is an antioxidant which helps to prevent and treat any viral infections.
  • Take vitamin D3 [1,25(OH) 2] which acts as an immune system modulator. You can get a Vitamin D blood test done to know your exact levels and determine your daily dosage. It can be as little as 1000 IUs per day or up to 5-6000 IUs per day or more!
  • Take probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus reduce the incidence of fever and colds. Keep in mind, 80% of your immune system actually live in your gut.

In addition to above guideline, our clinic offers a Naturopathic Flu Prevention Program, which is designed to keep your immune system strong and to give added protection against the cold and flu viruses.

Book a 30-minute visit with us and receive:

Natural immune boost shot: A safe and effective alternative to the regular flu shot. It is a combination of homeopathic remedies to stimulate the body’s own health defense system. The injection can be replaced with an oral formula for children under 14 years old.

Take-home flu prevention kit: This includes high quality supplements to provide added protection against viruses and to boost the immune system.

Nutrition and lifestyle recommendations: A beneficial and personalized assessment and recommendations to sustain healthy immunity.

Keep you and your family healthy and strong going into this cold and flu season. Stay happy and healthy!