The Flu Goes Viral!

This has been a particularly severe season for the Flu. According to the U.S. Center for Disease and Control (CDC), we may continue to see epidemic levels for a number of weeks, especially in the Western states. In our clinic, Sage Medicine, we have seen an increase in flu activity this winter and would like to share some insights with you…

A healthy immune system actually starts in the intestines. The intestines are filled with a delicate balance of about 500 different strains of bacteria (also called gastro-intestinal flora). These microorganisms account for 70% of our immune system. It is essential to create homeostasis within your GI flora to protect you from external pathogens and maintain your strength and vitality.

Factors that contribute to a weakened immune system include deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, inadequate sleep and rest, a stressful lifestyle, cigarette smoking, use of alcohol and other drugs, side effects of certain types of medications, steroids, and antibiotics, as well as a disharmony within the acupuncture meridian system.

Signs of a Weakened Immune System:

•  Frequent colds and flu

•  Unable to recover from illness

•  Feeling tired and run down

•  Changes in your digestion and GI health

•  Headaches and dizziness

•  Watery eyes, sinus congestion, runny nose

•  Achy muscles and joints

•  Hypersensitivity to foods

•  Asthma

•  Eczema

•  Allergies

 

10 Tips to Boost your Immune System:

•  High quality probiotics (with at least 8 billion viable cells per capsule)

•  If you’ve been sick or on antibiotics – take a higher potency of probiotics (50-100 billion

viable cells per capsule)

•  Include fermented foods in your diet (sauerkraut, pickled foods, kimchi, tempeh, miso)

•  Avoid sugar, dairy, carbohydrates, and alcohol

•  Vitamin C & Zinc

•  Elderberry syrup

•  Medicinal mushrooms (reishi, shitakii, maitake, cordyceps)

•  Adequate sleep and water

•  Fresh cooked wholesome meals

•  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs