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  • Writer's pictureTannaz Mokhtari

Cold & Flu, What's new?

Myths about Cold and Flu Bugs

We know viruses which cause colds and flu have certain similarities such as a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion and sore throat to name a few. We experience on average one to three colds annually lasting between 4-10 days.

Most of us are exposed to these viruses on a daily basis at work, school, or other public places. So, do you think it is the Lysol wipe/spray/lotion that is keeping us from being sick all the time?

The ads and products create fear and need to get rid of all bacteria and viruses. We hear about our kitchen counter being worse than the toilet; the grocery buggy manifested with all kinds of germs. Yes, but how often do you come home feeling sick because you went grocery shopping? We are also told wet hair, cold air, not dressing properly have no effects on us contracting a cold or flu!

My position: I disagree! We all have bacteria and viruses on us and in our home, school, work environment regardless of how much we clean, so why don't we feel sick all the time?

Here is my answer: our immune system is the most critical defence mechanism protecting us from the unwanted invaders. Now given this fact, environmental conditions such as being indoors, in overheated, closed homes, schools and working environments in winter, naturally exposes us to more germs and viruses which we inhale, touch, eat and drink.

Our body’s susceptibility is also a considerable factor in predisposing us to these bugs.

The wet hair, not dressing appropriately, being overheated and walking into the cold, chilled drinks and freezing food all create a weakness in our body, therefore, making us more susceptible to getting sick. I promise you, even if you Lysol wipe every surface, wash your hands millions of times a day, walk around with gloves and don’t shake hands with anyone, you will more than likely get the cold at least once this winter!

On top of all that, and most importantly are our lifestyle habits. Too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoke are poisons which weaken our body’s defences. Eating nutritionally deficient food, high levels of stress, lack of proper sleep and no physical activity lead to a sluggish and unhealthy body.

So here is the plan: eat well, get enough rest and follow proper hygiene techniques and you have taken the basic steps in protecting yourself against viral and bacterial infections. Inevitably should you feel you are getting sick, then resort to rest, eat less, drink more fluids and take your herbal and homeopathic preparations. Our body has the ability to heal itself given the right food and conditions.

If you feel your immune system is weak, feel tired all the time, get frequent sinus pain and headaches, I am here to help. Please contact me.

Wishing you good health this winter,

Dr. Tannaz Mokhtari BSc., ND.

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