We all get an annoying cold occasionally. It always seems to be at a time when we can’t afford to stop and rest. You often hear people saying, “It’s your body trying to tell you to stop”. Yet, there is more to it than that.
A cold is a respiratory infection and can be highly contagious. The onset is marked by a chilly sensation followed by sneezing, watering of the eyes, nasal discharge, cough, and is often accompanied by a mild fever.
The most important factor of a cold is balance in the body. What’s interesting is that there are times when we overwork and get a cold and others that we don’t. So what makes us susceptible? Acidity. Acid is a breeding ground for the common cold, yet alkalinity is destructive to the germs. Acidity and alkaline refers to the pH levels in our body.
pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45. You can test your pH levels regularly by using a piece of litmus paper in your saliva or urine first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
Whenever the fine balance of the body in its acid-base relationship is disturbed, then we are susceptible to a cold. Any condition – wet feet, a change in temperature, or any similar condition – that causes a change in circulation that affects the body balance, temperature or equilibrium, can cause a cold if the body is susceptible.
The emotional impact of colds is another factor that makes us susceptible by reducing our bodies energy. So if you find yourself frustrated, or snapping at people and unable to handle your emotions you may find that – bam in a sneaky, nasty cold emerges.
What this does to the body is deplete the energy by sending it outwards towards the focus of our negative thoughts. The glands, secrete according to impulse from the emotional system. With anger these secretions poison the body and can block the lymph circulation system, which increases the acidity in our body, making us susceptible to getting a cold. So you can take a bad cold from getting mad.
In warmer climates we are more susceptible to a cold but why is that?
In a heated room there is less oxygen which weakens circulation and the ability to destroy germs. Staying in locations of open, circulating air is an excellent preventative measure, so long as you don’t let your body get too cold.
Tips for the treatment of a cold
1. Rest is a primary factor and apparently has no substitute. This is due to the body needing the functioning of the autonomic nervous system to be balanced. If the body is contracting a cold, something has been stressed through exhaustion, and rest is usually necessary to undo this condition.
2. Loads of water and an alkaliser should also be added to the system, such as a teaspoon of baking soda or apple cider vinegar in a glass of water or something similar. The water helps to cleanse the body and eliminate impurities, and the soda or vinegar helps restore the alkalinity to the body.
3. An alkaline diet is probably the best at these times. Lemon is a great alkaliser. A warm, honey and lemon drink can do wonders. Adding in a drop of oregano essential oil to help release the past emotions stress and restore the immune system will also help speed up the healing process.
4. Vitamins of all kinds are helpful when the body has been weakened. These supply, through boosting the glands of the body, the vital energies needed for health. A little muscle testing to determine the appropriate ones for you should do the trick. If you can’t do this yourself a kinesiologist will be able to help.
5. Weaknesses which are present within the body should be recognized and corrected. This may be due to old injuries, or it may be some factor that has already been understood as being a weak, or susceptible, portion of the body functioning. Constipation and poor digestion is a factor that contributes to many illnesses.
6. Releasing the emotional stress causing the illness and clearing out the respiratory system and enhancing circulation are important factors to speed up the healing process. Alternative therapies can help with this such as Kinesiology, massage, steam baths etc.
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