Dr. Jan’s Winter WELLNESS Prescription

Warmth & water : chilling of airways creates vulnerability to infection, so keep warm, NOSE-BREATH (to warm, humidify & filter air), drink 6-8 glasses of warm water throughout the day (water helps the body trap & remove bacteria/viruses in the mucous layer lining nose, sinus & airways & sweep outward via millions of microscopic hair cells (cilia) beating 7x/second), keep your body warm.
Exercise:  persons who are physically fit get 0-1 cold or respiratory infections/year compared to sedentary persons who get 5-6 colds/yr.  Sedentary woman who began walking had far less colds which resolved more quickly. Enjoyable exercise at ocean/bush/green spaces (Four hours in the bush boosts immunity for a week after.  Earth/ocean to skin contact (hands in garden or barefoot on beach).
Love:  people who are optimistic & love life with it’s exciting challenges ( vs life as negative, full of problems) get fewer respiratory infections. Mothers who enjoyed their infant had less colds as did also their baby. Often young children get infections because of too much separation from Mum, especially in daycare (goldmine of germs!) that overwhelms their immature systems physically &emotionally. In adults lots of social support and hugs improve resistance to viral infections
Laughter:   Laughter stimulates the thymus  gland (upper chest) producing “T” cells that fight infection & generally strengthens the immune system, laugh with family, children & friends, pets!
Nutrition:  for optimal immune function Vitamin A, C, D, zinc, essential fatty acids, antioxidants. Trace minerals found in deeply coloured ( rainbow mix) fresh vegetables & fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, probiotics
Avoid sugar, refined white flour products, processed fats/foods that impair gut flora/immune function
Eliminate  toxins:  smoking & other inhaled toxins increase respiratory infections; drugs, excessive alcohol, marijuana, sugar, processed foods , repeated antibiotics can impair your immune system.
Stress reduction:  chronic anger, worrying or anxiety reduces immunity (reduced function of natural killer cells that destroy viruses& bacteria & cancer cells). Often colds/ flus are your body’s way of giving you a break from overwork & stress, so pace yourself with balance of rest, play, fun, meditation, deep relaxation, visualise a strong immunity, abdominal breathing, play life as a challenging game.
Sleep / sunshine/rest :  your immune system works best in sleep, we need more sleep in winter because of more darkness that triggers melatonin, our sleep hormone which makes us sleepy. Melatonin can be interrupted by lights,TV, computer screens in the evening.  Be in bed asleep by 9.30-10pm, ideally after a dimmed light & calming “wind-down” e.g. warm bath, meditation, candle only. Often our body develops a cold or flu as a signal that we need more rest & sleep –or need to slow down  or stop all the busyness in our lives/children’s lives.  Vitamin D (from sunshine) protects against influenza and other respiratory infections so expose  as much skin as possible  without  sunscreen for short times periods to avoid redness or  burning.
 
Dr. Jan’s recover your Wellness Rx:
Simple ways to support your body to heal (sore throats, cold, cough, “flu”  ) this winter
Warmth & water:  when ill you […]

Dr. Jan Raymond, B. Med Sc., M.D., M. Ed (Counselling Psychology)

Dr Jan Raymond - Integrative GPDr. Jan Raymond has 35 years experience working as a GP. She holds a Master’s degree in counselling, and has trained in homeopathy, nutritional and environmental medicine, mind-body medicine, art/movement therapy and various aspects of Integrative medicine. Over the years, she has developed a tremendous respect for the self-regulating and healing abilities of our bodies. Thus she works in partnership with patients to help empower them to support their needs at all levels…physical, mental, relational and spiritual, to achieve wholeness in joyful well being. She is also particularly committed to supporting parents to empower their children to grow vibrant health.

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