Every fall and winter, most of us expect to be hit once or twice with a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. However, some people feel under the weather on a monthly basis from September to March. Being sick from month to month is a big sign that your immune system is not quite up to par. If one is routinely sick without much of a break in between, this wears down your immune system which leaves you even more vulnerable to future infections.
Another big sign that your immune system may not be operating at full potential is how long it takes for you to recover from an infection. Does it take more than 5 – 7 days on average? Do simple head colds always lead to secondary throat and/or chest infections that potentially need antibiotics to treat? If yes, it’s likely time to beef up your immune system defences.
Naturopathic medicine provides numerous ways to strengthen one’s immune system. Herbal medications, acupuncture, IV therapy, and detoxification therapies are a few examples of natural treatments that benefit immunity. To help determine underlying root causes of a low immune system, laboratory assessments such as food sensitivity testing, saliva and urine hormone testing, and complete stool analysis are available through your naturopathic physician. Before the next cold and flu season, have your immune system evaluated at Sage Clinic.