January 17, 2018
As many of you are aware we are in the midst of “Flu Season” as it is valid to say there is much to be concerned about for those with lowered immune responses it’s important to illustrate the reasons why so many people have a lowered immune response this time of year.
First and foremost we are in the winter months and that means no sunlight, which is the most integral part of the human body’s production of Vitamin D. The most bio-available (usable by the body) form of Vitamin D is the form we make on our own when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is crucial in immune system function and plays a major role in fighting off the flu virus. Along with this Vitamin D is a hormone that can affect mood and overall energy levels. In January and February many people have been without enough Vitamin D synthesis to the extent their energy levels are low and they find themselves lacking the energy to get out and get active leading to less exercise and instead reside to staying in when possible and turning to another detrimental action on their immune system function…COMFORT FOODS. These are foods that are rampant during the holiday season but are basically high in simple sugar (not the kind in fruit and vegetables) and create a short feeling of happiness when we are down due to the increased blood sugar levels that immediately follow consumption.
What you may or may not know is that sugar has a paralyzing effect on the immune system and studies have shown simple sugar consumption deactivates the immune system for up to 5 hours. Really think about that and the fact that if you consume simple sugar not once but perhaps 3 times (maybe 3 Christmas cookies spread out throughout the day, sugar in coffee, a granola bar, dessert after dinner, etc) a day you may have lowered you body’s ability to defend itself from viral and bacterial pathogens via simple sugar’s inhibitory effects on white blood cells for up to 15 hours. That is a long time to be without optimal immune function. You can see this pattern of bad weather and poor food choices creating a vicious cycle or perfect storm if you will for lowered immune response. Another consequence of this pattern is dehydration; hopefully we are all aware how crucial it is to stay hydrated and not just during the summer months. Water is the most essential element needed for the body to detoxify. We won’t go too much into this but if you would like to discuss it further just ask us.
So what can you do to stay healthy during this time and prevent the flu and how can Greenwich Wellness help?
Patients of chiropractic often experience is increased immune function in the form of less colds and illness experienced as compared to before they incorporated adjustments into their lifestyle. This is not a coincidence as studies have shown spinal manipulation to have a positive effect on white blood cell activity thereby increasing the body’s immune activity. SO GET ADJUSTED.
Another very effective method to stimulate the immune system is with Acupuncture which has also been shown to increase immune system activity. Massage also increases lymphatic activity and that is the ability to expel and flush toxins from the body. Lastly, there are herbs and whole food supplements that are shown to increase our natural defense mechanisms at Greenwich Wellness that are of the highest quality, standardized for potency and only available through healthcare providers. Examples of these would are Cataplex D (whole food vitamin D), Andrographis Complex and Epimune Complex. These can be viewed at the standard process website.
In summary, the flu is not something that occurs because it is our destiny, there are very specific reasons we see it this time of year and largely in the northeast. Many people only know of a flu shot as a means of prevention but remember it is full of harmful ingredients and note that after receiving the flu shot an individual goes through a “shedding stage” where he/she can actually transmit the virus to others for up to 3 weeks . With the CDC itself seeming to yearly admit that the shot is not as effective as they tout it to be in hindsight, it’s important for us all to know that a truly healthy immune system is the best method to avoid getting sick and that is done naturally with a healthy lifestyle and healthcare the way nature intended.
Yours in health,
Dr. Adam C Massoud and the Greenwich Wellness Team