The Common Cold

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When we move from late summer to autumn there is a marked increase in coughs and colds caused by viruses.

Every time I have a cold I am reminded how lucky I am that my body is able to fight infection the way it does. I am surprised how many people think it is unnatural to have a cold. They also believe that the object of treating a cold is to suppress the sneezing and coughing by paying a lot of money for many different over the counter pills and potions. These commercial medications may remove the symptoms, but they don’t really help the underlying cause. I believe that by letting the body go through its own very natural process when unwell is really the best insurance for future health.

Common cold symptoms include: Sore scratchy throat, Stuffy nose, Runny nose, Cough/respiratory irritation, Mild fever, Sneezing, Headache

Some people think if you are near someone who has a cold or you touch something a sick person touches, you will automatically catch a cold. People don’t just ‘catch colds’. Have you ever wondered why sometimes, despite the amount of time you are around people who have a cold, you don’t catch it yourself? A cold is a natural way of expelling accumulated toxic waste from the human system.  When there is an accumulation of toxins the body’s immunity is lowered and the ‘cold virus’

Can be nature’s perfect way of releasing them. The duration of the cold will depend on the amount of toxins accumulated in the body; the underlying health of your immune system controls the rapidity with which the toxins are expelled.

So what is happening when I have a cold?

When we have colds it means our immune system is not functioning quite as well as it could. If your immune system is low, the possibility of viral infection will increase.

The sneezing, aching and coughing are signs that your immune system is fighting the infection. The over production of mucus traps the bacteria and is an excellent way to expel toxins from the body. These symptoms are helping the body rid itself of the virus. It is beneficial not to suppress them.

What causes my immune system to lower?

Many people choose to believe that there is a magic cure for every illness. They think that there is something seriously wrong when a physical symptom causes discomfort in some way. They love to pass the responsibility on to the virus, or the doctor to cure it, rather than taking responsibility for their own health.

Many things can cause our immune system to lower. Here is just a few of them:

  • Poor diet
  • Too much alcohol or other stimulants
  • Serious Illness
  • Overwork
  • Stress and too much outside pressure
  • Lack of exercise
  • No time to relax and have fun
  • Too much time spent focusing on negative thoughts and feelings

All the above may cause the immune system to lower in efficiency.  Other factors that can help lower our immunity are excessive airline travel, poor air quality, prescription drugs and antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

Here’s the ‘Foody bit’

Poor nutrition is by far the most common reason for lowered immunity and susceptibility to coughs and colds. A diet rich in anti-oxidant immune boosting foods like green vegetables, avocado, citrus, and colourful fruits and vegetables will all help to keep colds at bay. Lots of B vitamins, which are found in whole grains, help to produce anti-bodies which fight infections.

If you are feeling constantly tired, suffer repeated infections like thrush,  Sore throats, and have more than two colds a year, you probably need to boost your immune system. Add too much stress and the body will dehydrate, congest and accumulate toxins easily.  Under these circumstances, the cold virus may be the perfect way of making necessary changes to help lighten the load. The body will always do what is best for us at any given time.

Hopefully by now I have convinced you all that having the occasional cold can be very beneficial and detoxifying physically and emotionally. Some people experience the release of old blockages and feel energised and refreshed after the cold has subsided and the toxins have been removed.

This is Part 1 of a two-part look at The Common Cold.  Look out for Part 2, where I cover effective and natural ways to nurse yourself back to health (including two great ‘cold-busting’ recipes)…