Cold and Flu
Healthy Tips for Cold and Flu Season
Ever wonder why there is a cold and flu season? It is common for people to have a weaker immune system in the fall/winter for several reasons. As the weather changes, people spend less time outside, getting less sun exposure (lower Vitamin D) and eat less fresh vegetables or fruit (rich in essential immune system supporting nutrients). This can lead to deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals needed to fight off infection. Increased stress also limits optimum immune system function.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Vomiting and diarrhea in some cases; this is more common in children than adults
*It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
Reduce your chances of getting sick during the cold and flu season:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water
- Eat plenty of plants and protein; insure you are getting the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep its immune system functioning properly
- Avoid sugar and processed foods; limit simple carbohydrates such as breads and pasta
- Drink plenty of water and hot unsweetened herbal tea
- Get plenty of rest (7-8 hours each night)
- Do not sneeze or cough in your hands; instead do so into your elbow or arm (or over shoulder)
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth to limit spreading contaminates
- Get your spine checked for subluxations; nerve interference can inhibit your immune system!
Herbal and Vitamin support proven to shorten or reduce the severity of and infection:
- Natural Vitamin C (found in Cataplex C): Immune system booster
- Natural Vitamin D (found in Cataplex D): Immune system booster
- Natural Vitamin E (Found in Cataplex E): Immune system booster and antiviral
- Echinacea (found in Echinacea Premium): Antibacterial and Antiviral
- Probiotics (found in Prosynbiotic): Immune system booster: 70% of the immune system is in the gut!
- St. John’s Wort: Antiviral--Please use caution with certain medications (use as directed)
- Garlic (found in Garlic Forte): Antiviral and Immune system booster
- Mushrooms (found in Epimune Complex): Antibacterial, antiviral, and Immune system booster
Make sure to include food rich in these nutrients and whole-food supplements in your daily routine!