What Does Melatonin Have to do With my Cold?

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.

 

In health,

Dr. Mike

About the author

I am a Board Certified Family Practice Physician (MD) that has a passion for the proper treatment of patients. We are more than just our physical beings. We are complex and the current medical climate is failing both patients and physicians. As a new author, I feel passionately about letting everyone know how the system is failing us, moreover, how to overcome these barriers!
Michael Lewis, MD
I am board certified in family medicine and passionate about caring for the whole patient: mind, body, spirit. I am married to a wonderful woman Jenniffer, who is a clinical psychologist and works right here in Willow Medical Center. I have a 7-year-old daughter, Bailey who is the light of my life. I am a soul searcher for myself and others. I also love to help men reach their potential as a conscious male. I am also a musician/guitarist. I have found that nurturing this part of my brain helps me think out of the proverbial box and provide better medicine.

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