What Does Melatonin Have to do With my Cold?
Have you ever noticed that when you have an upper respiratory infection that you feel worse in the evening around 4-5pm? It stinks, right? You know the story, “I was fine all day, and then at dinner time, all hell broke loose!” The culprit isn’t work or the day’s stresses (though it does play a role), but your brain. Specifically, your pineal gland! In the evening as your body prepares for sleep (starting 4-5pm), your pineal gland in the brain releases melatonin, a wonderful and necessary hormone responsible for our sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythm). Interestingly, melatonin is found to have significant inflammatory effects on your body, therefore everything inflammatory worsens: Cough, asthma, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, mylagias (body aches). Hence, the best medicine to fend off the deleterious effects of this blessed culprit would be an anti-inflammatory. You can dose up on omega three fatty acids, drink ginger tea or take mega doses of curcurmin, but for a quicker response (assuming your kidneys are okay, and you don’t have an ulcer or allergy) Ibuprofen, a strong anti-inflammatory will alleviate most of your symptoms better than most “sick pills.”
You will be surprised.
Be well. This 2018 Flu season is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.