Regardless of how you feel about pumpkin spice lattes, children headed back to school, windy days, and longer nights; this time of year heralds the coming of winter and with it, Cold and Flu Season. At Revolutions Naturopathic we can help you treat a cold or flu or, better yet, prevent them.
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, come see us for an acute initial before you run to Urgent Care for a dose of antibiotics. Studies have shown over and over again that antibiotics do not help with viral infections and yet they continue to be prescribed at an alarming rate in the United States. I personally love to formulate individualized tinctures as well as giving a homeopathic remedy specific to the person to treat a cold or flu.
The best way to keep yourself from getting sick is to make sure you are washing your hands frequently and avoiding others that are sick. Additionally, making sure that your immune system has the fuel it needs to fight off pathogens is also very important. One way to help ensure this is by keeping your vitamin D levels optimized. There are also some key supplements that are useful to have on-hand to take at the first signs of a sniffle, or all winter long. My favorite supplement to take all winter is elderberry syrup which has been shown to have strong antiviral effects, especially against influenza and is safe for long term use for both children and adults. In my opinion, the best elderberry syrup on the market is a product called Winterberry which is super concentrated and 100% organic.
We also have immune boost injections which can help keep you from getting sick. While people often choose to have an immune boost injection instead of an influenza vaccine, this doesn’t replace the flu vaccine for people who are required to get one.
Give us a call to set up an appointment so we can get you ready for winter!
Dr. Jamie Brinkley, ND