Being sick while pregnant or nursing your baby, can not only be uncomfortable but a bit alarming as you don’t want to take anything that may harm your baby. There are a few things you can do while pregnant or nursing that are safe and effective all while beating this unwanted visitor.
Supporting the immune system with nature’s most powerful antimicrobials and nutrients
An excellent way to help support the immune system. A large portion of our immune system is created in our digestive tract; therefore, we need to add good bacteria such as Lactobaccillus and Bifidobacterium families. Without good bacteria, things can get out of control and weaken production of immune cells. In addition, good bacteria become especially important if you are on antibiotics.
At the onset of a cold, the medicinal properties of this herb work to increase the production and activity of white blood cells. It also works to increase production of interferon, an important part of the body’s response to viral infections.
- Vitamin C
Along with being an important antioxidant it also helps to enhance white blood cell function and activating and increasing interferon levels, antibody responses and antibody levels.
- Vitamin D
Although we live in a sunny environment we can still be deficient in this important vitamin. It not only helps maintain bone health but stimulating important immune factors such macrophages. What this means is your body will be stronger to fight viruses.
The active ingredient of garlic is called alicin. Alicin is a strong antimicrobial, which means it can fight bacteria, viruses and parasites. There are creative ways to get garlic into your diet!
Make sure you avoid weakening your immune system!
Ditch the sugar
I like to characterize sugar (glucose) as making the immune system sticky therefore dampens the powerful players of your immune system. Eating or drinking 100grams (8tsp) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can greatly reduce your white blood cells from killing germs by about 40%. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than 40 minutes after consumption and can last for about 5 hours.
Disclosure: This article does not replace information from your doctor. Always seek professional advice before changing or eliminating important medications and supplements. It is important to talk to your naturopathic doctor before using botanical medicine or food changes as there may be an interaction with your medication, allergic reaction, or not advisable to use with certain diseases or conditions.
About the Writer:
Dr. Taylor Bean is a Canadian Naturopathic Doctor who provides complete healthcare by using alternative medicine for both you and your entire family. As a mother of a young child, she is passionate about helping women with common pregnancy complaints and raising healthy babies. She currently offers a program specifically developed for laboring mothers to help decrease pain during labor. Learn more about Dr. Bean at www.drtaylorbean.com.
For an appointment please call 63144440 or visit cityosteophysio.com.