Cold & Flu's

Tips to Stay Well & Speed Recovery

Are you prepared to fight off a cold or the flu this season? Your immune system health plays a critical role in your susceptibility to catching a cold or the flu, and now more than ever is an important time to help increase your immune system strength. To stay healthy over the next several months, it's important to maintain a healthy

lifestyle that includes proper nourishment, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy stress management. You can also greatly enhance your immunity with targeted nutrients, herbs, and homeopathies to help prevent or reduce the severity of a cold or the flu.

If for some reason you develop a secondary infection this season (such as a sinus or ear infection) and are concerned about negative side effects from antibiotics, there is something you can do. The following tips may help you stay healthy this season!

Cold & Flu Prevention

While colds and flu can be difficult to prevent entirely, building your immune system with the right nutrients may significantly reduce your risk. I suggest you consider the following:

—Daily Nutritional Support Regimen

  • Comprehensive multiple vitamin/mineral formula that provides added immune protection with mixed carotenoids and quercetin, along with chelated forms of minerals for enhanced absorption.
  • Vitamin C is essential for immune function. An optimal formula contains complementary nutrients—such as mineral ascorbates and the amino acids glutathione, lysine, and cysteine—that enhance the absorbability and effectiveness of vitamin C.

— Other Lifestyle Factors

  • Whenever possible, avoid close contact with someone that is infected.
  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly if you have come in contact with an infected person or have touched an object they have touched.
  • Avoid touching your nose and eyes, which serve as easy pathways for virus particles to enter the body.

Recovery & Symptom Relief

If you have been stricken by a cold or the flu, there are options to consider. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may provide you with very temporary symptom relief, but they do not help healing. In fact, OTC cough medicines may "have no benefit." This is according to a recent study in which a medicated cough syrup was shown to be no more effective than a dummy syrup (containing no medication) in controlling coughs.

New Study Reveals Ineffectiveness of OTC
Cough Medications

"Cough medicines don't do any harm to people who take them, but...neither do they have any medical benefits beyond those of non-medicated syrup".

Professor Andrew Peacock of the British Thoracic Society (View link below entitled, Cough Medicines 'have no benefit') ?????

On the other hand, natural options such as herbs and homeopathics not only help speed recovery, but also help symptom relief. I suggest you consider the following to help your immune system fight off a cold or the flu.

—Natural Support for Recovery

  • Andrographis—a traditionally used and scientifically tested herb—provides intensive immune support and has been clinically shown to shorten the duration and intensity of a viral infection. Complementary herbs such as amla and mulberry enhance the benefits for a more powerful immune support blend.

— Homeopathic Remedy for Colds & Flu

  • Homeopathic remedies for colds and flu—containing ingredients such as Bryonia, Pulsatilla, and Aconitum napellus—can provide relief of a broad range of symptoms including sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fever, chills, headaches, and exhaustion.

— Additional Lifestyle Modifications

  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water or juice, so that mucus remains moist and is easily secreted.
  • Avoid beverages containing caffeine and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration.
  • Get plenty of rest to give your body time to heal.

Counteracting Side Effects of Antibiotics

If you have taken antibiotics as the result of a secondary infection, your intestinal bacterial balance may be offset. Antibiotics not only kill "bad" bacteria, but also the "friendly" bacteria that resides in your digestive and urogenital tracts that is essential to proper digestion, protection against yeast infection, and overall immune system health. This depletion of healthy bacteria can cause digestive complaints (e.g., diarrhea), yeast infections, and negatively impact immune health. To help restore your bacterial balance, you might consider:

  • Probiotic supplements to help replenish "friendly" intestinal bacteria and support digestive and immune health. A highly effective formula contains the health-promoting probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM® strain) and Bifidobacterium lactis (BI-07 strain). Check the product label for identity certification to ensure purity and effectiveness.

If you are like most people and have concerns about staying healthy through the fall and winter seasons, please stop by my office. We can discuss an easy-to-follow nutritional and lifestyle program that is tailored to your individual health needs.