With flu season around the corner here are 7 tips to help you prevent getting a cold or flu

1. Use hand sanitisers more often.

Although I am not a fan of hand sanitiser winter is the time for us to use them. You have a 70 percent chance of getting the cold and flu from your fellow human beings by touch. Wash your hands regularly.

2. Increase your Vitamin C intake.
We are the only mammals that cannot make our own Vitamin C and have to consume it from external sources. It is all good and well to eat more fruits like kiwis and oranges but the quality of our foods has sadly declined due to unnatural farming methods, storage and transport of the foods. If your granny ate an orange to get the amount of Vitamin C necessary to help the immune system, we now have to consume about 5 oranges on average to achieve the same result. Supplementation with Vitamin C is an easy way to get the quantity that you need. A special note: use non-acidic Vitamin C as acid creates an environment for disease to proliferate.

3. Check your Vitamin D levels.
About 90 percent, yes that is right 90 percent, of my patients are deficient in this vital vitamin (actually a prohormone). Vitamin D works over 500 different ways in your body. The most important include: – Increases your immunity (it has also been called the natural vaccine); – Improves mood; – Decreases inflammation; – Helps with bone density (much more important than calcium) Finding out your Vitamin D status is best done by a simple blood test.

4. Change of temperature.
Many patients are sensitive to drafts. With the temperature gradually changing it is best to adapt day by day. One of the main acupuncture points for immunity is at the back of your neck. If you touch your chin to your chest and feel the most prominent area of the neck that stands out; this is on the Governing vessel (meridian). This point is also known as the “Way of Happiness”. After your workout at the gym cover the back of your neck with your towel to prevent the cold from entering your body. Use a scarf over this point when you in are an office where the air conditioning is too cold for you. For your children that still love swimming cover the neck area as soon as they come out of the water to prevent illness.

5. Stay Hydrated.
We tend not to notice thirst in the colder weather, so we need to be more conscious of our fluid intake. Drinking enough good fluids like water and herbal teas helps your body to work optimally.

6. Adopt the Rainbow diet.
This includes eating foods of all different colours and preferably seasonal foods. Each season’s fruits and vegetables provide you with the necessary nutrients to help you during that season.

7. Get Adequate rest.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Nature’s example, winter is a time to slow down and even withdraw (trees and plants die down, bears hibernate,) and we need to do that too, as much as our lifestyles allow. Meditation is a wonderful technique for helping us quiet our over-active minds, allowing us to be more tranquil.

Common questions regarding colds and flu

When is the best time to treat a cold?
At the first sign when you do not feel well is the best time to visit us for a consultation. The sooner the cold/flu is treated the quicker you will feel better.

How do you treat a cold/flu?
We give natural herbal medicine, homoeopathic remedies and acupuncture to help the body heal itself.

Can antibiotics help when I have a cold/flu?
Antibiotics can only help prevent a secondary infection – this means once you have a cold it prevents it from developing further. Natural medicine has many different remedies for viral infections. Our Biotrop light also treats sinuses and any Ear-nose-throat conditions very effective.

What is one of the best ways to improve your immune system?
Cut out sugar immediately. Sugar decreases your immune system for 6 hours after ingestion of sugar. This means if you are exposed to someone who has a cold your changes are increased significantly by catching a cold ourselves.

I start to feel sick in the evening and can only come to visit you in the morning what do I do?
Take a warm glass of water and add the following: 3 tablespoons of honey, 2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of turmeric.
If you have a fever take an old pair of socks and soak it into white vinegar, squeeze excess vinegar out, put a clean pair of socks on. This will help reduce the fever.

Do you treat babies and children?
Yes, we do – even if they have been on many antibiotics or chronic medicine for their immune system symptoms.

Favourite flu and cold remedies
Homoeopathic medicine: Influenzinum is a homoeopathic remedy like Oscilococconum helps prevent you from getting flu. Consider it as a natural flu injection.  Pillules are used for 2 x a week.
Vitamin D – 80% of patients are Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D works 800 different ways on your DNA. It stimulates the immune system and has also been called the natural Flu – vaccine. Our particular Vitamin D is easy absorbed and works out very economic.
Vitamin C – we are the only mammals that can not make our own Vitamin C. We need to take it in via food – The food quality is very poor therefore we need to supplement.   Very important to take a non-Vitamin C otherwise more inflammation are created in the body. We like this potent 1000mg per 1/4 tsp dose.

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