Remedies once you are sick ~ Tip #3
So, you’re sick. You might have got the bug from a co-worker, maybe from family over the holidays, or maybe from your children – they seem to bring everything home. The point is you’re sick and you need some easy treatments that you can do at home. This blog series is dedicated to share some some tried, tested and true natural remedies to help nip that cold in the bud.
Our immune system relies on the food we eat for most vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. When we are acutely sick we need to provide our bodies the most nutrient dense foods possible.
DO choose fresh fruits and vegetables are obvious sources of essential nutrients like vitamin A, C, D and minerals like zinc and selenium that are key for fighting infections.
AVOID sugar (it is known to suppress the immune system), dairy products and gluten-containing food (they are considered phlegm-forming foods), and avoid high amounts of iron (many types of bacteria use iron for energy).
DO add in extra garlic and onions, cinnamon, cloves, thyme, cayenne to help give yourself an extra boost.
When you get over this cold, make sure to read through my previous blog on cold and flu prevention, so that you can avoid the next bug that comes your way. Speak to a naturopathic physician about appropriate dosages and before beginning any new interventions to make sure that the treatments are right for you.
Catherine O'Halloran, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Catherine O'Halloran completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Following that, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and obtained her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. CCNM is one of seven naturopathic colleges accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
Catherine chose this profession because she saw the need for a type of health care that treats the entire person, and not just the symptoms of disease. She strives to follow the guiding principles of the profession, especially treating the root cause of disease and utilizing the innate healing power of nature. Through her training at CCNM, Catherine learned each therapeutic modality, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and physical medicine. In addition, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has started training in craniosacral therapy.
Although Catherine treats a wide variety of patients, with varying diseases, she has a special interest in women's health and pediatrics. In her clinical year at CCNM, Catherine was fortunate to be on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and childhood epilepsy.
Catherine is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a physicians license through Vermont.