Germ Theory informs us that we need to kill the microbes, as they are the cause of sickness. Biological Terrain Theory stipulates that it is the health of the host and the strength of the immune system that determines whether or not one gets sick.
Its that time of year again. We are definitely exposed to more germs, and ‘super-bugs’ when we are all gathered more in close quarters indoors, getting less sunlight, less time out doors, and in turn, less Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is essential for our immune health and mood. Low vitamin D levels are linked to immune dysfunction as well as depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (A.K.A the Winter Blues) and depression can cause lowered immune function.
There are is a theory that suggest that there is no such thing as “cold and flu season” but that we are more prone to illness this time of year because of the above conditions and changes in habits.
Many hold strong to the “Germ Theory”, that we must kill all germs and bacteria to avoid illness, hence why so many people are obsessed with hand sanitizing chemicals, bleach and chemical cleaners to ‘kill’ off the germs.
Based on my research, I have settled into the comforting belief of the Biological Terrain Theory. We are exposed to so many different germs and bacteria in a given day, more than we even are aware of! And most of them do not make us ill. Gross, yes. But this is actually GOOD NEWS!
For example, if you are a parent have you have probably had the experience – many times- of your family all coming down with a flu, cold or stomach bug, while you have cared for them, cleaned up vomit, been coughed all over, and somehow, by the powers of the Universe, you didn’t get sick?
What does this mean exactly?
This proves that we do have the ability to resist certain bacteria and viruses, IF our immunity is running at an optimal level.
Again, this is good news, because now you can empower yourself and find ways to strengthen your immunity, and have less sick days this year!
Our state of health and immune function are directly linked. And both require an overall approach using natural and holistic methods of caring for our body, mind and soul.
Signs of low immune function:
- Frequent illness, you seem to catch everything that is ‘going around’
- illness that drags on for more than 7-10 days
- frequent or reoccurring respiratory infections
- Skin rashes
- chronic sinusitis and chronic allergies
- frequent infections including candida
If you would like to reduce your number of sick days, and improve your immune health, I encourage you to focus on doing all that is within your power to strengthen your your body’s inner functioning.
If you have chronic exhaustion along with weakened immunity, sign up for my FREE 5 Day Thrive program.
Through stress management, proper nutrition, addressing candida overgrowth and digestive issues/gut health, avoiding foods you are sensitive or allergic to, specific supplementation, and lifestyle practices that support vital health, you can make a difference in your overall health all year long. Visit your alternative healthcare provider, such as a naturopath, for specific supplementation advice and testing to be sure you are targeting the right areas.
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I will leave you with this simple reminder:
The greatest Wealth is GOOD health.
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