Three Ways To Help Your Immune System Beat The Cold & Flu “Bug”

by Frank L. Nelms, Jr., MS


When people approach me lately, many have what they call “the bug.”  

Granted those in the rest of the country have been experiencing brutal weather, but here in California it’s been great!  I realized the problem was not the external weather but the “internal weather” in their bodies.

As a health products distributor in the Los Angeles area, I’ve come to like the term “biological terrain,” coined by the late neuropsychiatrist David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD who indicated:

“…While cancer (and other immune system issues) can be triggered by any number of factors, it can only develop and spread if the terrain is favorable.”

Of course, I am talking about colds and flu, but the concept is the same. Your immune system which fights cancers and colds can beat either of them if the biological terrain is optimal.

​So how do we maintain favorable biological terrain?  Well let us move past some of the more common solutions like Vitamin C and Echinacea, as they are secondary to maintaining the terrain. Three of the things you want to be most aware of are discussed below…

1.  Control Stress

I find stress can wreak havoc on the body faster than any other issue. Prayer, meditation, exercise (aerobic and weight bearing) and yoga all fit into a good program. Eight hours of sleep are essential.

2.  Pay Attention To What Goes In Your Mouth

We want to think about what we put in our bodies and avoid as many outside pollutants as possible. But, besides eating a diet based on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains, it is advantageous to avoid impulsive eating. Choose carefully before treating yourself to that slice of pie or pizza or a steak. Plan to splurge one day a week and enjoy it. Get back on point the next day.

It’s difficult to avoid smog, pesticides, hormones, tainted water and other environmental pollutants so be extra kind to your body. Drink plenty of water every day. Drink green tea and look to red wine as an alcohol beverage option.  Take a basic multiple vitamin and other herbs and supplements as needed and discuss the options with your doctor.

3.  Probiotics In The Gut

The majority of our immune system is located in the gut–between 70 to 80 percent–so what goes into your stomach really matters. By providing a supply of nutrients to maintain proper bacterial balance in the gut you will seldom get sick.

In his book “Anticancer:  A New Way Of Life,” Dr. Servan-Schreiber mentions that “…the intestines ordinarily contain ‘friendly’ bacteria which help digestion and facilitate regular bowel movements. They also play an important stabilizing role for the immune system.”

Accordingly, I have found that taking probiotics and chlorophyll with a glass of room temperature water on an empty stomach in the morning  makes a huge impact on my own immune system.

By paying attention to these three components you will be rewarded with the power to fight unhealthy microorganisms in the gut, maintain a healthy biological terrain inside your body and help prevent the misery and down time that “the bug” is known to bring.


Note:  Frank is an avid runner who obtained his Master of Science Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Southern California.  He can be reached at



  1. Frank:

    Thanks for reminding me of the facts. The bug has bitten me and I am definitely aware of how much better I must eat after reading your article. It’s like your voice is whispering, “fresh squeezed juice,” “juice raw vegetables.” My personal feeling is I have been eating food that’s had the “life” cooked out of it.

  2. I have been fortunate that the “bug” has not gotten to me in years. When we do what is right and value our temple we are blessed. Those green drinks sound great.

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