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Pregnancy Colds: Naturopathic Prevention and Treatment

This month, as part of our month Shine On series, we are shining the light on Tracy Levins, a Naturopathic Doctor and Owner of Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic. Dr. Levins, originally from Merritt, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Thompson Rivers University before she proceeded on to Medical School at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She holds numerous certifications in needling techniques such as, Acupuncture, Neural therapy, Prolotherapy and Neuropathic Pain therapy as well as certifications in Intravenous Therapies, Chelation therapy, and Low Dose Allergen Therapy. She is also licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications such as bio-identical hormone therapy. Dr. Levins is very passionate about women’s health with a focus on hormone optimization, fertility and gynecology. Tracy strongly believes that doctors are teachers and is excited to be providing education and health care to her community.

Earlier this month we did a Facebook Live Video with Tracy, where we shared more than a few laughs as we chatted about her go to recommendations for preventing and treating the common cold and flu virus in pregnancy. As a bonus, all her recommendations were breastfeeding friendly!

Any pregnant woman can tell you that getting a cold or the flu while pregnant is THE WORST. Some of your go to cold/flu fighting routines might not be an option in pregnancy (ahem – NyQuil anyone?) and the cold itself seems to last longer than your mother in law’s last visit. Not to mention that because your immune system is suppressed in some ways, you’re more likely to get them in the first place.

So what’s a pregnant gal to do?

Well, if you somehow missed our Facebook Live video with Tracy, she has helpfully summarized her recommendations for pregnancy colds and flus into the two lists below! If you’re pregnant and have a cold, give it a read. May your colds be short lived, your dishes done for you and your opportunities for rest a-plenty.

Recommendations for the prevention of colds and flus in pregnancy:

  1. Probiotics: Your digestive tract contains 80% of your body’s immune system. TO help support immunity, it’s important to look after digestive health. Probiotics help to rebalance the gut with good bacteria so that harmful ones are outnumbered.
  2. Vitamin D drops: We get this nutrient mostly through our exposure to the sun, so supplementation in the winter months may be indicated if you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of sun in the winter. Vitamin D enables your body to produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides that fight off a wide range of infections. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity and increased susceptibility to infection.
  3. B-Complex injection with Pascoleucyn: Considered a natural injection to fight colds and flus, consisting of herbal/homeopathic components and a complex of B vitamins to help the body fight off infections.
  4. Rest: Our cells and tissues need rest to heal and repair.
  5. Hydration: Water helps produce lymph, which acts to carry water and nutrients to the blood and through the blood, to the cells of the body and it also removes toxins from the blood; all essential processes for healthy immune response.
  6. Bone broth: Broth is rich in minerals and is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and support immune function

Recommendations for the treatment of colds and flus in pregnancy:

  1. Sambucus (elderberry syrup): Elderberries are rich in vitamin A, C and bioflavonoids, all of which are crucial in helping the body’s immune system. The bioflavonoids increase antioxidant levels; elderberry syrup reduces mucous secretions during cold and flu and decreases the length and severity of flu symptoms.
  2. Echinacea and Astragalus tincture: Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a cold by 58%, and reduces the duration of a cold by almost 1.5 days. Astragalus decreases the inflammatory response and boosts the immune system.  These two herbs together make a great immune support.
  3. Garlic: The allicin component is very anti-microbial. In our house we chop up a clove of garlic and let it sit for 5 minutes to oxidize and activate that allicin component and then we eat it
  4. Warming socks treatment: Shunt blood to the muscle, increasing blood flow and circulation away from the head leading to decreased congestion
  5. Vitamin C

  6. Zinc lozenges: Taking zinc can help reduce the longevity of your cold or flu.
  7. Rest: Our bodies heal and rejuvenate during sleep. Sleep deprivation reduces our immunity to colds and flus.
  8. Hydration: Water helps produce lymph, which acts to carry water and nutrients to the blood and through the blood, to the cells of the body and it also removes toxins from the blood; all essential processes for healthy immune response.

  9. Diet: Avoid processed food and sugar intake during a cold or flu as it decreases the immune response even hours after it has been consumed.
  10. Intravenous infusions of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals that can help boost your immune system: All of these wonderful nutrients are administered straight into the blood stream at a much higher therapeutic dose than possible with oral supplementation.

 

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