Getting a cold or the flu is an inevitable part of life, especially in the winter months.
Dr. Troy Spurrill shares some tips to help us recover well after we get the flu. He says that the first thing we can do is replenish our body’s water supply.
“Generally when you have the flu and you go through that process, it’s very dehydrating. The first thing is actually water. Our immune system basically gets really called to action when it comes to something like this, and remember our immune system primarily requires water as its main transport. It’s got to have the water to swim and to get from place to place to place. So we have to replenish our water system.”
Water is an essential part of staying healthy, but especially so after you get the flu. What’s next?
“Then after that, just think about all the things that really your immune system likes. Antioxidants are the first thing that comes to mind.”
The best way to get antioxidants is through fruits and vegetables.
“Things like Vitamin C is a good antioxidant. One of the best things you can reintroduce back into your diet are fruits and vegetables.”
While it’s good to consume fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants, Dr. Troy says that our systems might not be ready for raw vegetables.
“However, your intestinal track might be a little bit worked up, a little bit inflamed still. This is not the time for raw fruits and vegetables. This is the time for cooked vegetables and softer fruits.”
“The reason is because these things have a lot of fiber in them. Think about it this way, if you go for a massage and they work on your muscles by rubbing on the muscles, it feels good and can be very relaxing. However, if you go outside and get a bad sunburn and then go in and have that same rubbing on the muscles, it’ll be torture. Fibers job inside the intestinal tracker is to rub up against the intestines. So if they’re inflamed like a sun burn, they’re going to start contracting and get into trouble.
So raw fruits and vegetables can feel like the flu is coming back. In addition, Dr. Troy recommends rebuilding your body’s natural resources.
“You need your energy back; you’ve got to feed your immune system. Complex carbohydrates are very good for that, whole grains that are tolerated.”
Dr. Troy Spurrill is the CEO and founder of Synapse: A Center For Health and Healing. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University, and has extensive training in Functional Neurology, Functional medicine, Nutrition, and Applied Kinesiology.
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