People always ask me what they can do to boost their immune systems and we discuss ways to keep their immune systems strong to prevent the onset of an infection. But what happens when you’re already feeling that twinge of discomfort at the back of your throat? Or you’ve developed an annoying dry cough? Sinuses are starting to become congested? Or what about when you’ve been sneezing all day and you just know you are going to be sick tomorrow?
One of my absolute favourite treatments for any type of cold or viral infection is…… MAGIC SOCKS! They are also known as warming socks. Magic socks are a form of hydrotherapy that has profound influences on immune system function. Hydrotherapy is the use of water as medicine and since our bodies are composed of over 65% water, using water treatments can have many therapeutic benefits.
Here’s what you do: Make sure your feet are warm before starting; if needed, have a warm bath or foot soak to warm them up. Thoroughly wet a pair of thin cotton socks in cold water. Wring them out really well and put them on your feet. Next, put on a pair of thick wool socks overtop. Then, go to bed.
I know it sounds simple and crazy and way too good to be true, but try it for yourself and see! Trust me on this one: you’ll thank me later!
Here’s how it works: Your body will want to dry the socks and warm them throughout the night while you are sleeping. In order to do that, your circulatory system will be working overtime to get blood pumping through your feet. The more blood that flows in the area, the easier it is to warm and dry the socks. As we increase circulation, our lymphatic systems also increase in function. Our lymphatic system helps to drain congestion from our body and make sure that all secretions are loose and moving freely. When we stimulate both our circulatory and lymphatic systems we also boost our immune system function. Boosting immune system function improves our body’s ability to fight off any pre-existing infection or any lingering bugs that may be trying to cause symptoms.
Another great benefit is that our body will be focusing a lot of energy in our lower legs and feet to get the blood pumping in that area. The more blood that is circulating through our feet, the less blood flow there will be in our upper body. Magic socks work great to drain any congestion in our head or neck so it is effective for sinus congestion, headaches, cough, sore throat, and all of those other cold related symptoms. Because there is less blood flowing in our head and necks, magic socks are also great for insomnia and can improve our quality of sleep.
Doing magic socks at the first signs or symptoms of a cold can actually boost our immune systems so strongly that we can prevent a cold from developing in the first place. Using magic socks nightly throughout a cold can shorten the duration of symptoms. Because they are a gentle therapy and working to stimulate our own circulatory and immune system functions, magic socks are safe and effective for all ages. That means babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults and seniors.
If you have any circulation concerns, poor wound healing, diabetes or neuropathy, please consult your doctor before attempting.
I know that most of you already have wool socks exploding out of your dresser drawers. Next time you feel like you are coming down with a cold, put them to good use! Magic socks have therapeutic benefits that are (for lack of a better word) magical!
This article is intended for educational and information purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you require medical advice, diagnostics or treatment, please contact your nearest healthcare professional.