Flu season is upon us.
I feel like if I saw 20 patients a day then 10 of them had the flu. This maybe an exaggeration but damn close! How do my patients describe the flu… feels as if you have been hit by a MAC truck!
That about sums it up.
The flu comes on all of a sudden and you have no choice but to crawl back to your bed. Mostly people complain of whole body symptoms such as fever, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, cough the list goes on and on. One sneeze or cough and infected droplets are sprayed through out the air and lands on whatever and whoever is near. Eww!
I’m not a big germ-a-fob but the amount of Lysol I use may prove otherwise.
Well, so far we’ve concluded it’s out there! And if you can, it’s just best to try and keep your immune system healthy and strong. As best you can during this time of the year. Getting your rest, exercising and having a nutritious diet could aid in your protection against the flu. The recommended flu vaccine each year could assist in prevention but of course, it is highly controversial and way beyond the scope of this blog for discussion.
Listed below are 4 go to supplements that are helpful during the cold and flu season.
Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system by increasing white blood cell activity. It has shown to reduce time spent combating colds and the flu. Infection can deplete your stores of vitamin C and weakened your immune system. So ideally it’s a good idea to get more Vitamin C during this time.
Vitamin D. Most people think of vitamin D mainly to aid in bone health. Found in dairy, oily fish like sardines and salmon and also added into most orange juices. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin because our bodies increase vitamin D from sunlight.
During the winter months we are typically inside more so you may have a deficiency in Vitamin D. Your doctor can test your blood levels and advise you on the necessary amounts to supplement. Well, how this applies to the topic… studies have stated Vitamin D may aid in the prevention of acute respiratory infections.
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu who is a virologist conducted a study where 93.3% of the people taking an elderberry preparation reported significant improvement in influenza symptoms within 2 days of starting it, compared to 6 days in a placebo group. Just saying. There are preparations of this for children also.
Oscillococcinum (o-sill-o-cox-see-num). Okay never mind don’t try to say it just write it down and go buy it. Better yet I will link it here. Learned this from a patient. Actually more than one! I may be a healthcare provider but I am also forever a student and I love learning from other people. This is a homeopathic medicine taken at the first sign of flu-like-symptoms. Advertised to work naturally with your body to reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms.
Just a added tip
For cold and flu season. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked! I try to have some of these supplements, natural cold remedy ingredients and fever reducers on hand for when or if the time comes I need them.
No ones running out to the store last minute when you already feel like crap!
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