Usually when we get sick our aim is to alleviate the symptoms. We feel better temporarily, but the relief wears off as soon as the medication does. What our bodies really need is healing on multiple levels: alleviating the symptoms, finding the root cause of the discomfort, and promoting health in the affected area of the body.
Causes of stress may include simple fatigue, known or unknown tissue wear or injury, nutrient deficiency, or our response to external pathogens. Each of these triggers can be alleviated or prevented with some guidance. Tissue wear is a part of the aging process and exercise is essential to healing. Even the staunchest of athletes get occasional tissue damage, so it is important to start slowly when beginning to exercise. If injury does occur, look for creams and lotions containing arnica, camphor, menthol, capsicum, Boswellia and turmeric for short-term healing and seek medical care for more serious injuries.
As for nutrition, Dr. Joel Wallach, 1991 Nobel Prize nominee for his work in nutritional supplements, contends that we need 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 essential amino acids and three essential fatty acids in our diet every day to stay healthy for life. Those numbers don’t include the addition of other herbal supplements that may be needed to help combat genetics. A healthy diet is also critical.
Our immune system should be kept at an optimum level to address the bombardment of environmental pathogens. Most people have a susceptibility to common pathogens, but finding the right match in a supplement may require the help of a healthcare professional. Those that continually fight the same symptoms should seek help. To combat stress and fatigue, try to set aside time for rest and enjoyable activities.
Source: Randy Lee, naturopathic doctor and owner of The Health Patch, located at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030, email PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHealthPatch.com.