The Nature Doctor
The change of season is the most difficult time for the body, for it is still accustomed to the warm summer and unprepared for the sudden onset of cold weather. That is why we must protect the body with whatever clothing is appropriate for the weather. Most important of all, keep the feet warm. Woollen stockings and a pair of good warm shoes are indispensable to discourage colds.
It is an accepted fact that warm feet and a cool head are necessary for good health. As long as the feet are warm we will hardly ever catch a cold, because the feet are the indicators of the general warmth of the body.
People in sedentary occupations suffer to a much greater extent from cold feet than those whose work allows them plenty of activity and movement. If you have inherited sluggish circulation, you will feel the cold even more; even overheated rooms will not seem to be warm enough for you.
Of course, heating does not make up for lack of exercise and unless the feet are covered with warm stockings and adequate shoes, they will be cold. Moreover, if you leave an overheated room inadequately clothed and go out into the cool, damp air, the body will react to this drastic drop in temperature and become chilled, with an adverse effect on the mucous membranes.
And there you have the best preconditions for the development of the germs that cause colds, coughs, head colds, catarrh, pneumonia and other infections. So, never seek to make up for a lack of body heat by overheating the rooms; instead, wear warm clothing, take some exercise and try to improve the circulation. Once we become used to the cold, we will be much less susceptible to colds.
Do not be tempted to sit down to your work in the morning without having taken some vigorous exercise previously. Even making your own bed or tidying up your room in the morning is enough to warm you up. Do not just hop in the car or let the bus or train take you to your place of work. It is much better for you if you can walk or cycle to work.
You can also warm up in a natural way by doing early morning exercises and deep-breathing in front of an open window. Exhaling vigorously rids the body of waste gases and deep inhalation saturates the lungs with oxygen.
If you have a tendency to catch colds, make sure to eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C. Use a natural source of the vitamin, made from fruit rich in vitamin C.
Lastly, don't forget your faithful fresh Echinacea tincture - it will help prepare your immune system for the winter, building up your resistance to colds and flu.