Will the Real Cause of Colds and Flu Please Stand Up?
Is it cold and flu season yet? It is generally thought that if someone sneezes, coughs or does not wash their hands we can get sick from their germs, but there are countless stories of people who are around very sick people and never become ill. Others don’t have such luck.
The question must be posed: Why don’t some people become ill when they are exposed to sickness? The answer: We do not catch—we actually cannot catch—a cold or the flu.
The reason is: Microorganisms or germs cannot multiply in excess and cause infection in a healthy body. In order for people to develop an infection, they have to already be sick. What this means is that they have a weak immune system and possibly other organ systems that are not functioning up to par.
In reality we are constantly bombarded with microorganisms from other people, the air and things we touch. These germs normally live on our skin and in our bodies. If we make choices that build a healthy immune system, we will live in harmony with the microorganisms outside and inside of us. It is only when we consistently make unhealthy choices that the germs in us will begin to multiply, causing an infection. If this situation continues, these microorganisms can actually become virulent—ones that cause disease. The environment we create inside our bodies and around us determines whether we will be healthy or not.
What can we do to help ourselves be healthy and reduce or eliminate colds and the flu? Here are the key things:
- Move toward eating more whole foods while reducing those that are refined and processed.
- Start taking whole food supplements based on your individual needs.
- Drink plenty of pure water—half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds it would be good to drink 50 ounces of water.
- Get plenty of sleep—a minimum of 7-8 hours.
- Make exercise a regular part of your schedule—a minimum of 30 minutes three times a week.
- Think positive.
Infections or illnesses develop as a result of our life choices—not as a result of exposure to germs outside of us. If we make poor choices we will develop a weakened immune system and tend to develop more colds and the flu. If we make good choices we have a greater chance of being and staying healthy.