Your body is made up of an ecosystem similar to the Earth’s biological system of well-being and balance – a miraculous, complex system of intelligent factors all working cooperatively together to produce your wonderful body. Among your 30 million human cells live 39 trillion microbes – all of which have impeccably important jobs including the healthy bacteria and yeast that keep you alive and strong.
Your body is also designed with a wonderful system of defense – your immune system. Your body is defended at three different levels. The first line of defense are physical and chemical barriers like skin, hair and tears along with gastric juices, saliva and hyaluronic acid that defend your body when it first encounters an invader. Then we move on to the second line of defense made up of different types of cellular responses that destroy invaders in a non-specific way using fevers, inflammation, and direct one-on-one attacks to isolate and destroy the invader. Finally, if none of that works the body accelerates into the third line of defense where the body relies specifically on antigens to do its defending work. This is where the helper T-cells become activated and energy is born and used to defend and repair the body.
A nutrient sufficient body will have every asset required to work at all three levels of immunity in the body. End of problem. Beginning of solution.
Correcting nutrient deficiency is a process of incremental improvement and can be accomplished with the right protocol and lots of patience and self-love. It’s one that requires a daily investment but offers long-term gains and protections when to body needs it the most.
Eating fresh, whole food, breathing lots of fresh air and moving the body and lymph system daily all support optimal immune system function. In the last two or three decades the soil and environmental toxicity of our cities and farms are such that dietary supplementation is most likely required. Biologically accurate, whole food dietary supplements, organic herbs and homeopathy are excellent tools to bring your body back to biological and energetic homeostasis and fortification against invaders.
This water-soluble vitamin, best known for its role in fighting off colds, is a well-known effective immune health supplement
Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
Lysine — like all amino acids — is used as a building block for protein in your body. These proteins help produce hormones, immune cells and enzymes. Research into the benefits of lysine is promising as some evidence indicates it may have anti-cancer effects, help improve blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure.
Those with zinc deficiency are found to have low levels of T cells in the body, which play an important role in the immune response and fighting off infected cells. This essential mineral is a common ingredient in cold lozenges and other over-the-counter cold remedies for a reason it works well when taken consistently.
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress and is crucial for the health and proper functioning of your immune system. Higher levels of selenium may help boost the immune system of people with HIV, influenza, tuberculosis and hepatitis C.
B-6vitamin, also known as pyridoxine, is a water soluble vitamin known for its immune boosting benefits. This vitamin plays a vital role in protein metabolism, cognitive development and the production of glucose in the body.
* Garlic: place a small clove or half a clove of garlic in your mouth and let it sit without chewing through the day and night. Swallow with water when it becomes macerated.
* Sage tea for cough (steep twenty minutes)
* Fenugreek tea for mucus (steep five minutes)
* Ginger grated and boiled, 2 tablespoons in 3 cups of water, gargle and use as a poultice by saturating a hand towel and wrapping around the throat, changing when the poultice becomes cool.
* Use wild oregano oil, garlic or Echinacea herbal antibiotics as tincture, tablets or teas at least three times a day
* Mullein and lobelia are for chest congestion, 1/2 teaspoon each in hot water three times a day. These herbs can also be used as a chest poultice for pleurisy, pneumonia or bronchitis.
The most common cold remedies are:
* Oscillococcinum is a combination remedy used at the first signs of a cold or flu. Some people use it when they travel, are in crowds or throughout the flu season on a weekly basis. Oscillo has undergone clinical trials for the treatment of colds and flu and is about 70% effective. Considering that flu vaccines are only about 8% effective and have side effects, it is important to have a safe remedy in the medicine cabinet.
* Gelsemium: for colds and flu due to overwork and exhaustion
* Dulcamara: for colds and flu developing at the end of summer and into fall.
* Aconite: can be used for the first signs of a cold or flu.
* Ferrum phos: is also used for the beginning of a cold.
* Kali bich: is used for colds and sinusitis with tough, stringy mucus.
* Hepar sulph: is used for a left-sided sore throat with a cold.
* Pulsatilla: is used for a cold with thick yellow mucus.
Dr. Ben Goldberg, in a homeopathic newsletter, lists the following remedies to treat residual symptoms gastro symptoms of the cold or flu:
* Antimonium crudum: For digestive upsets from the flu. Thickly coated white tongue, aversion to food, worse from eating, worse with acidic or sour drinks, fullness in the abdomen.
* Kali bich: Heavy mucus, poor digestion, anorexic but craves beer.
* Baptisia: After the “stomach flu” for asthenia, lethargy and weakness
* Aurum met: Depression, weakness, hopelessness, brooding, melancholy, thoughts of suicide, easily annoyed.
* Cadmium met purum: A newly proven remedy for severe post-flu depression.
* Cocculus indica: Mental and physical despair, slow recovery, anorexia, insomnia, empty feeling, sick headaches. Aggravated by motion, which may cause nausea and vomiting.
* Picric acid: Inability to think, as it causes headaches. Patient lies around as the least mental or physical exertion causes extreme weakness.
* Phosphoric acid: Debility and mental exhaustion, poor recovery, weakness, indifference, apathy.
* Kali phos: Used by some physicians as a general “pick-me-up” for the depleted state following a viral illness.
* Carbo. veg: Carries the reputation of treating “persons who have never recovered from the effects of some previous illness.”
* Scutellaria: For nervous weakness after influenza, called nervous fear.