The forecast for this winter includes colds for many of you. How can we help ourselves in the fight against infection? Lets start at the beginning. Colds are caused by viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract.
The person next to you sneezes or coughs, virus-bearing droplets fly through the air and contaminate the environment. Yes, the air into which that person sneezed , the phone he touched, even the clothes you are wearing, are contaminated if you are close enough to this virus-laden individual.
Following are some practical steps to take to avoid the cold.
- Distance is good. Move the infected person into their own space as much as possible.
- Avoid touching the infected person and objects which he may have used.
- Wash, wash, wash. Wash your hands frequently to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
- Stay home if you have a cold. Consideration for co-workers, friends and other business people will make you a hero. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids (especially water, soups, diluted vegetable juices, herb teas).
- Arm yourself against the virus. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and beta-carotene can enhance immune functions. Two herbs that are widely used for immune enhancing effects are Echinacea angustifolia and Glycyrrhiza glabra (liqorice). Diagnosis and treatment of illness should be discussed with your medical doctor.
A healthy, balanced body is important in the fight against disease. Stress can impair the bodys ability to maintain homeostasis (equilibrium) which makes our body very susceptible to disease. The body is so busy dealing with the effects of continual or repeated stress that its usual resistance declines below normal.
The nervous system begins to function normally again allowing the body to relax which brings other biological systems into balance. This balancing effect improves our overall health and provides support for many of the bodys systems. Blood vessels relax, allowing improved circulation of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and organs.
Reflexology also works with the lymphatic system to help the body rid itself of toxins and impurities. Working various reflexes and areas of the foot will help drain mucus from the nose and sinuses, break up congestion in the chest, help reduce inflammation and eliminate waste materials.
During the holiday season, treat yourself or a loved one to the benefits of reflexology. A gift of health is a gift of love. Always confer with your medical doctor for diagnosis and treatment of illness before using any health products.