Is breathing through your nose a challenge? If you are waking up with phlegm dripping down the back of your throat; finding it difficult to breath quietly through your nose; not able to exercise without struggling for breath or feeling like you’re always clearing your throat – you are enduring the delights of a congested airway.
In some cases, it becomes a general condition that never seems to completely leave you and can last for months or even years.
A recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reveals that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine may not be effective enough to protect you from this year’s predominant influenza strain, H3N2.
According to Dr. Joe Bressi,with the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), only 50% of the viruses in circulation in North America match those found in the vaccine.
“Considering the PHAC’s recent report and the changing strains of viruses currently attacking the population, now more than ever, it is important that Canadians consider complementary measures that can help in the prevention, and if necessary the treatment of colds and flu,” said Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of the Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
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 >
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.
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.