Tour de France Blues

I am sad every year when the three-week Tour ends. But, this blog is not about that; it’s about how many of the riders usually get more colds, and intestinal problems the last week of the most grueling sports event on Earth.

Why, and what does that have to do with you?

Whenever my patients get the flu, a cold, bronchitis, or an intestinal infection I tell them it is because their resistance is down due to stress and/or too much work. Most people can’t help being overworked. They must continue to toil to put bread on the table. But, it comes a point where your body can’t take it anymore. Think of those inopportune infections as your body sending you a message that you must slow down, or it will break down.

So, next time you get an infection, don’t just ask for an antibiotic—pause, reflect and take stock of your life.

Practical things to do to boost your immune system

Probiotics, vitamin D3, zinc lozenges, elderberry, silver, oregano.

Drink lots of fluids, and above all, stop to sharpen your saw.

Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.

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