Flu Season Ask ONWC….

A woman sitting in the lotus position with her legs crossed.(Q: Cold and Flu season is here! What can I do for my family? -J.A – mother of 4, and beloved wife, Oakville)

A: Even with the Flu vaccine now being available, Naturopathic Doctors know that the flu virus

poses the greatest risk if natural defenses are weak. Supporting your immune system not only

reduces the risk of getting sick, but also reduces the severity of illness. Naturopathic Doctors offer effective preventive measures to bolster the immune system, including advanced natural therapies.

Prevention…whether or not you get vaccinated

The human body has a natural ability to respond to viruses that attack it. These defense mechanisms can sometimes be weakened and require additional support to effectively respond when you are exposed to viruses.

Boosting Your Natural Immunity

Simple things to boost your immune system:

  • Food is fuel for your immune system.
  • Complex carbohydrates, essential fats, plenty of fruits and vegetables, garlic, turmeric are important for a strong immune system.
  • It is particularly important to avoid processed or sugary foods.
  • Keep your barrier intact: Mucous membranes like the inside of your nose must be moist to act as a barrier, so drink plenty of water and use a humidifier in your home or office.
  • Decreasing stress levels (Massage, yoga, meditation), a busy, stressful life makes getting the flu more likely. Get plenty of sleep and make your health and happiness a priority.

Reducing Exposure

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Gargle twice a day with salt water or Listerine
  • Blow your nose once a day to clear any stagnation
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve

If you do get sick…

Take action as soon as you start to feel the first signs of getting sick so you can fight the bug in its early stages:

See your ND: Although viruses such as influenza don’t respond to antibiotics, there are anti-viral therapies your Naturopathic Doctor can suggest to you.

NDs offer natural treatment options including botanical and homeopathic medicines with immune boosting and healing properties, and practical advice on supporting your body’s natural healing processes. There are many natural products out there that can help you, your ND can provide you with expert advice on what works and is best for you personally. Many NDs can also offer more advance treatments in their clinics for viral infections, including Natural Flu Immune booster injections. NDs have the training to assess patients and refer them to another health care provider if necessary.

About Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctors are provincially regulated primary health care providers. Visits are covered by most workplace health benefit plans. Even if you have a family doctor, your Naturopathic Doctor can complement their care with naturopathic treatment options. Call Oakville Naturopathic Wellness Centre at 905-825-9996 to book your immune appointment!