Seriously! And it’s not that women don’t get the flu or just complain less. A number of studies have looked into the matter and have shown that, in fact, when men catch the flu, they suffer more than women do.
There’s a pretty good chance that this research was commissioned by male scientists who were tired of being teased.
Cold and flu season is upon us, and while we know that keeping stress in check, getting plenty of rest, and loading up on liquids is the key to a speedy recovery, food can also play a role in how fast you kick that cold.
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.
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 >
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.