Cold & Flu's
Tips to Stay Well & Speed
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
lifestyle that includes proper nourishment, regular
exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy stress management. You can
also greatly enhance your immunity with targeted nutrients, herbs,
homeopathies to help prevent or reduce the severity of a cold or
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
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
in controlling coughs.
New Study Reveals
Ineffectiveness of OTC
"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,
— 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
- 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