Studies show that between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans are affected by the flu each year. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.
The peak cold and flu season is between December and February. However, in just these three months of the year, over 200,000 people can be hospitalized in the United States, and sadly, some of those cases are fatal.
Fighting colds and the flu starts with prevention!
Try these immunity-boosting tips and products we have available in the office to get your body’s defenses in tip-top shape:
- Saline Nasal Spray:
If your nasal passages are dry, the nose can’t flush out bacteria, which results in a safe haven for germs. You can add an essential oil like OnGuard to a saline nasal spray as well (1 drop in 4 oz. of liquid).
- Essential Oils like OnGuard or Breathe
doTerra On Guard is a proprietary essential oil blend and provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support.
doTerra Breathe helps to minimize the effects of seasonal threats and promotes a restful nights sleep.
- Nutritional Supplements (by Standard Process and MediHerb)
Epimune Complex (vegetarian/Gluten Free) or Echinacea (Gluten Free) both help strengthen the immune system response.
Astragalus (Gluten Free) is good for the elderly or those with chronic immune system issues.
If you already have the cold or flu, then try these (by Standard Process and MediHerb):
- Herbal Throat Spray (Gluten Free) for a sore or scratchy throat which is usually the sign of a cold, infection or flu coming on.
2. Andrographis Complex (Gluten Free) for acute infections associated with a cold or flu.
3. Congaplex breaks up congestion and stimulates the immune system.
4. Broncafect helps maintain healthy lung function and fights off a cough.
5. Oscillococcinum® temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue. (by Boiron)
6. ColdCalm® temporarily relieves cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and minor sore throat. (by Boiron)
How do you know if you have the cold or flu?
Knowing how to identify a cold or flu means being able to identify what it feels like in your body. The symptoms of a cold or flu can be similar and each is caused by a different type of virus. You can tell the difference by asking yourself: “Are symptoms in my head or my whole body?”
Colds symptoms appear slowly over a few days and mainly affect your head; you’ll have congestion, sneezing, a sore throat or a cough. Conversely, the flu affects your whole body and comes on suddenly. You’ll experience pain and body aches, GI symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, and a fever.
Stay healthy this season!