Dr. Mary Galloway • Newberg, Oregon

School Season is Cold and Flu Season! Tips to boost your immune system.

  • Posted on Sep 4, 2018

Ahhh, September is upon us!

The kids are back to school, summer vacations are behind us and the cold and flu season is around the corner.

Typically at this time of year people knuckle down and refocus. Moms and Dads make sure the kids are settled into their new classes.  We get back to work as the summer wanes.  We start to think about what we want to get done before the Holidays.

When school starts, kids reconnect with their classmates, breathe the same air, share the same resources. Germs spread, bacteria grow and before long your child come home sneezing and coughing from a cold or flu.

How Can I Avoid Colds and Flus?

If your immune system is not in peak condition, it’s only a matter of time before you fall victim to a cold or flu.  You swing into reaction mode to recover as fast as possible. You run to the pharmacy and grab cold and flu medications to reduce the symptoms.  Having a bad cold or flu is miserable, right? The coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, headache, body aches … yuk!

Three Simple Steps

Here are three simple, effective, natural steps you can take at home to build up your immune system now, before the sneezing starts!

  1. Add more Immune Building foods to your diet:
    Natural, organic foods such as Garlic, Onions, Fresh Vegetables, Seeds and Fruits all provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs to become and stay strong.
  2. Catch Some Rays Now!
    Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer and early fall, a 10-15 minute exposure, without sunscreen, is enough.  Ladies if your makeup contains sunscreen, be sure to expose your arms and legs to the sun.
  3. Consider Supplements:
    Probiotics support a healthy GI tract and immune system (a large part of your immune system is in your gut). Homeopathic remedies such as Oscillococcinum should be taken at the first signs of the flu – body aches, fever/chills, fatigue, etc. Last year our area stores ran out of this product early! Stop by Joy of Health and pick up a good Probiotic, Oscillococcinum and other supplements to help you stay healthy this season.

Along with those three tips , let’s not forget about all the routine health tips such as, getting plenty of sleep, drinking water to stay hydrated, limiting your alcohol intake, exercising frequently … you know the routine.

It may not sound all that exciting , but when your co-workers are sneezing around you, you will appreciate that you took these preventative measures!

As always, if I can help in any way, feel free to call Joy of Health at 503-554-5865 for an appointment.