I am sure I am not the only medic in Britain to have thought that this lovely time of the year should come with a health warning: GP’s surgeries are usually packed with coughs, colds and an array of problems, which seem to be worse in the winter. Serious illnesses are more common. December, January and February the mortality rate amongst the elderly in Britain shows a unique peak, which does not appear in any other Northern European country. In Britain, it is uncommon not to have a flu epidemic every December.
There may be several reasons for this. Being close to the Atlantic our climate is constantly changing from humid to cold and vice versa. During winters we spend most of our lives indoors, being affected by indoor pollutants such as dust mites or moulds. Our diets contain more carbohydrates, not to mention more than usual intake of alcoholic beverages and sugary foods. After all, we are supposed to have “a good time”! 'We are what we eat' is a very true saying and the link between food intolerance and our health is more relevant than commonly acknowledged by the medical profession at large.
Many years ago I found it rather intriguing that some very healthy people were not affected by the germs carried by others around them. Whilst traditionally, this can be attributed to pure “good luck”, there is another rather attractive explanation: these people have a healthier chemistry and their immune system is not too susceptible to viruses. If their chemistry is stable, their own viruses of common cold that happen to exist dormant in their naso-pharynx, are not activated to become an illness. By looking after our immune system with nutritional supplements we can avoid many of these ailments.
Ways to strengthen one’s immune system include:
We wish all our clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year!