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Out of the Woods: June comment from the founders

Welcome to winter. Winter can be a time where you enjoy sitting in front of the fire, cuddling up under a warm doona, drinking yummy warm drinks and enjoying trips to the snow. It can also be a time where people tend to get sick more often. Fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches and coughing are symptoms that commonly occur, and nobody enjoys getting the flu! This is the time of year where many people run to get their yearly flu injection. Did you know even if you get the flu shot you may still get the flu? The viruses that cause influenza can change rapidly and flu vaccines are developed each year to protect people from the strains 'expected’ to be most prevalent. Check out the CDC website for all the pro’s and cons of the flu shot and to see the statistics on its effectiveness. Whether you do or don’t decide to have the flu shot it’s still important to build up your immune system naturally to not only prevent the flu in the first place, but fight it off quicker if you do succumb to it!

We have some great articles in our newsletter this month about how to improve your immune system function and how to stay well over the winter months and beyond. Here are a few of my hot tips!

  • Keep hydrated – Filtered water helps keep one of the biggest barriers to bugs, the Mucous Membrane, moist and able to function at its best. Not to mention your whole body just works better and detoxes more efficiently when you are hydrated. 30-45ml of water per kilogram of body weight per day is recommended.

Bonus! Using coconut oil as a skin moisturiser and lip balm helps keep skin from drying out over the winter months (and you will smell awesome).

  • Good hygiene – Wash those hands! Contrary to popular belief, using hand sanitisers is not the best way keep on top of your hygiene. Water and soap, or even essential oils like tea tree, are best.

  • Immune boosters – Certain herbs and supplements can help the immune system work at its best. Read Kerryn’s article for more information on some of these these, plus the best foods to eat. If you're still not sure, ask your primary practitioner for help! Some great immune boosters include: echinacea, olive leaf extract, golden seal, vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D.

  • Probiotics – Gut health is paramount in keeping the immune system working well and shifting toxins out of your body effectively. Ask one of our practitioners to recommend a high quality probiotic for you.

Bonus! Kombucha tea is great for supporting healthy gut flora and immune system function. Buy it in many of our clinics, or even better – you can make it at home. Ask us for advice on choosing a good quality kombucha as many commercial drinks contain a lot of sugar due to a shorter fermentation process.

  • Warm foods – Soups and homemade broths can help keep you warm from the inside out. Avoid eating foods straight from the fridge or freezer. Check out Kerryn’s article on the best foods and drinks to consume!

  • Bone broth – drinking bone broth that is ideally brewed over 48 hours is one of the best ways to improve your gut health and immune system function. It is even better to make a chicken broth and turn it into chicken soup! Remember how your grandma used to always serve you chicken soup when you were sick? Well, now you know why! To read more about the miracles of bone broth read Irene’s article and check out some of our blogs.

Some treatments to assist your wellbeing during the winter months:

  • Chiropractic – keep your spine aligned and your nervous system functioning optimally as they all directly relate to and affect the functioning of your immune system. Read more about how the nervous system coordinates your immune function in Aisha’s article.

  • Massage – Massage stimulates lymphatic drainage as well as improves blood flow. It can also help with down regulating the sympathetic nervous system function, which helps decrease stress and improve immune function.

  • Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine – The techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine have been tried and tested over thousands of years. By feeling the pulse and looking at the tongue, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners can tell a lot about the functioning of your body. There are points on the body your acupuncturist can stimulate to assist in improving immune function and eliminating pathogens. As an added bonus, they can even teach you how to do this at home using acupressure, so if you feel something coming on, you know what to do!

  • Naturopathy / Nutrition – Knowing which foods to eat and what the best supplements are for you specifically is super important in achieving and maintaining optimal health. There are lots of specific herbs and foods that can be used as natural medicines if you get sick. Once you have consulted with your naturopath or nutritionist, they can make you up specific herbal formulas on the spot. These help to heal your body more quickly and decrease your chance of getting sick again! Skype consults are available. 

  • Bioresonance therapy – A cost effective and time savvy way to treat illness, or prevent getting sick this winter, is with bioresonance therapy. It offers a safe, natural way for you and the entire family to boost your immune system and fights the viruses and bacterias without filling your body with harsh drugs and medications. Read more about how bioresonance can help you in Marta’s article.

In summary the best things you can do to stay healthy and prevent the flu this year is drink lots of filtered water, drink warm herbal teas, eat warm nutritious soups, broths and foods, rug up, keep your hands clean, keep your mind and body clear and de-stressed (stress suppressed the immune system) and treat your body with as many of our amazing modalities as you can (including chiropractic, massage, bioresonance therapy, acupuncture, nutrition and naturopathy!) Choose healthy choices because you can, don’t wait until you have to! Optimal health helps you enjoy your journey in life. 

Author: Kate Wood

Kate has represented Australia as an 800m runner, winning five Australian titles and competing on the international stage. She also lectured track & field at the Australian College of Physical Education. After being forced into an early retirement due to injury, Kate turned to helping others with their health and wellness, with a special focus on families, pre-conception, pregnancy and paediatrics.

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