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Cold and flu – Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 11 August 2014, Cold and Flu
cold and flu

The cold season changes our environment in ways that challenge our body: more germs to catch from the office, school, gym, planes or public transportation; extreme temperature variations; less sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities…

The smart thing to do is to prepare our body to meet these challenges and continue to enjoy good health.  Prevention is key for getting through the cold and flu season successfully. It is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections.

During periods when you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to virus or bacteria, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to function properly and successfully prevent infection from occurring. When that happens your objective is simple:  relieve symptoms and get better fast.

The people who are most at risk of catching a bug are smokers.  So if you are stressed, lacking sleep and smoking (usually more when stressed), then your risk level is quite high because all those things affect your immune system. Continue reading >

How to Prevent Colds During Changes in Season

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Prevent Colds during Changes in Season

Do you often find yourself catching a cold during a change in season?  If so, you’re not alone.

Changes in season, weather, and temperature can make people more vulnerable to colds.

Thus, prevention and maintenance of immune health is important for overall health and wellbeing year round.   Fortunately, there are natural cold remedies that can help.

Echinacea is a herb that improves the efficiency of the immune system by helping the body to recognise pathogens and respond more rapidly, increasing the chances that the pathogen will be dealt with before it can damage the body.

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Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
Natural cold and flu remedies

Natural cold and flu remedies can be an effective support to overall immune support, especially within a society that often prescribes antibiotics as a primary source of treatment.

Antibiotics, despite being vitally important in multifarious conditions, are not always the answer for colds and flu. They work only when bacterial infections are present, for those with bronchitis, etc. They do not work against viral infections and, indeed, are frequently less than useful when given in such circumstances as they kill both friendly and unfriendly bacteria, leaving people vulnerable to thrush and bowel problems.

Overuse of antibiotics has additionally created an ever-growing number of bacteria that are immune to them, threatening doctors’ ability to treat serious illness. The emergence of superbugs – pathogens with a resistance to antimicrobial drugs – was firmly linked to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in a report of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee.

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Get Your Children’s Immune System Ready

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Children's Health, Cold and Flu

Children catch an average of 6 to 10 colds every year. Children are more susceptible to colds than adults because they haven’t built up enough specific immunity to fight the many different cold viruses and they don’t have the same reflexes as adults when it comes to hygiene.

In children, a cold can easily lead to an ear infection because their Eustachian tubes are shorter and more horizontal than those of adults. As many as 75% of children develop an ear infection before the age of 3.

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How to Deal with a Cough

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Deal with a Cough

A persistent cough can be very annoying but why do we cough?

Coughs are often caused by excess mucus or other irritant matter from external sources – dirt, smoke, household cleaners – lying on the surface of the respiratory tract, and your body is trying to expel them out of your system.

The body uses the mucous membranes as an exit route for toxins. When a bug infects you and your immune system attacks it, dead bacteria and dead immune cells can be pushed out via mucous secretions. Also, if other eliminatory organs such as the bowel aren’t working well, then some toxins may be diverted to the respiratory tract to be offloaded through these membranes.

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