Some people with a sensitive nervous system tend to get sick easily. Many sensitive people experience stress for not fitting in with the majority 80% non-sensitive people in society. Daily stress can really lower your immune system since it increases cortisol in your body, which weakens your immune system.
Since I was a child, I have always gotten many severe colds and flus yearly. As a matter of fact, I have usually had 3 or 4 colds a year that can sometimes last up to a month or longer to heal. That’s a lot of time feeling miserable, coughing, sneezing and missing work and play.
I’ve always been open to learning new methods to strengthen my immune system. I’ve tried taking Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western herbal formulas. While some remedies have helped a little, nothing seemed to have significantly reduce the amount and severity of my colds.
However, I’ve finally found a combination of formulas that have amazingly reduced the amount of colds I have caught for the last few years. As a matter of fact, this past year I had only one cold last March that only lasted for a few days. This past November I was at a conference where most of the people got sick and I was exposed to many people coughing and sneezing yet I didn’t get sick!
One of my daily preventative methods to stay well is called oil pulling. I put one tablespoon of organic sesame oil in my mouth for at least 5 minutes as soon as I wake up. The sesame oil absorbs the toxins in the mouth and throat area. It’s important not to swallow the oil. When I spit the oil out, the yellow oil has turned white which seems to indicate the toxins have been absorbed into the oil. Then I wash my mouth out and brush my teeth.
Twice a day I put a few drops of an Ayurvedic formula in my nose. The product contains oils of eucalyptus, sesame, coconut, rose, sandalwood, basil, olive and lotus. The nose drops create a moisturizing environment that lowers the chances of bacteria forming. The formula that I use is called Super Nasya from the Ayurvedic Institute in Alburqurque , N.M. (505-291-9698), although I’m sure there are other equivalent formulas available at other Ayurvedic facilities. I put a few drops in each nostril in the morning and evening.
I have increased my daily dosage of Vitamin D, which my doctor believed increased my immune system. My lab results indicated that in the last year my level of Vitamin D doubled. It’s important to discuss with your doctor any possible side effects of Vitamin D before taking it since taking too much Vitamin D could be dangerous.
Whenever I feel like I’m coming down with a cold I take a product by Source Natural brand called herbal liquid resistance. This product contains many Chinese and Western herbs. While this one product seems to work for me, be sure that you take your favorite preventative cold formula as soon as you feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu.
This article is solely about my experiences reducing colds and flus. This article is not meant to offer medical advice to anyone. Please do not take any of the above-mentioned products without discussing and receiving approval from your medical doctor. Some of the herbs and supplements that I have taken may be dangerous for some people.
Ted Zeff, Ph.D.