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colds and flus

You can win the fight against the common cold!

10 Things That Doctors Don’t Tell You About Colds & Flu's

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By Peter Ballantine
colds and flus, cold remedies, natural cold remedies, natural flu remedies

There is a cure for the common cold & flu and it’s as simple as taking good care of your health and immune system by getting plenty of rest and consistently making health-promoting dietary and lifestyle choices. This allows your cells to stay strong enough to avoid getting infected by viruses that you may come in contact with.

If however, you’re not to the point where you can be cold and flu free – here are some pointers to keep in mind.

#1) The healthiest way to fight a cold or the flu is to give your body plenty of rest while allowing the cold or flu to run its natural course.

#2) Colds and flu’s are caused by viruses and as such, antibiotics are not necessary. People who take antibiotics while suffering with a cold or flu often feel slightly better because antibiotics have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. The downside is that antibiotics kill indiscriminately and the benefit is far outweighed by the negative impact that antibiotics have on the beneficial bacteria that live and work within your digestive tract.

#3) A cold or flu can be regarded a good thing because it’s a natural tool that enables your body to purge itself of the oldest, weakest and most damaged cells. Cold and Flu viruses always infect your weakest cells first. These are cells that you want to get rid of anyway, and they are quickly replaced with new, healthy cells.

#4) As long as you get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and properly nourished during a cold or flu, there is no need to get vaccinated or to take medications that suppress congested symptoms. Symptoms indicate that your body is working hard to rid itself of the resultant waste products from your body to get you through the illness.

#5) It's fine to use over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen if your discomfort becomes intolerable or if such medications can help you get a good night's rest… but it's best to avoid medications that suppress helpful processes such as fever, coughing, and a runny nose.

#6) A number of studies have now shown that Vitamin C is effective in combating colds. In summary the studies tend to agree that vitamin C (in doses of no more than 1,000 milligrams per day) can reduce the severity and length of colds – but not the number of colds a person gets. Key is taking vitamin C regularly (60 mg per day is the RDA) and then upping your intake to the maximum 1,000 mg per day as soon as you feel a cold coming on.

colds and flus, cold remedies, natural cold remedies, natural flu remedies

colds and flus, cold remedies, natural cold remedies, natural flu remedies
#7) In studies, a course of zinc gluconate lozenges started 1 day after the onset of cold or flu reduced the ill effects of the virus to 4.3 days versus the 9.2 day timeframe that those taking a placebo suffered. The treatment dosage is one 24 milligram lozenge dissolved in your mouth every 2 hours – up to 8 lozenges per day. Note that zinc in doses pf 24 mg should not be taken for more than 7 to 10 days.

#8) Echinacea has recently been the subject of much hype and debate but definitive scientific research and study are lacking because it’s an herb and as such, it can’t be patented. As a result there is no financial motivation for companies to invest in research and studies of its benefits. That said; it is one of the best selling herbal remedies on the market and lots of regular folks swear by it. Commentary from the medical community indicates that they believe it definitely stimulates the non-specific immune system which accounts for its apparent ability to help fight cold and flu viruses. Note that you should not take Echinacea for extended periods of time as it may depress the immune system and that it tastes pretty bad. There are no standardized dosage guidelines available, so just ensure that you purchase from a reputable manufacturer and follow their directions.

#9) Colds usually take hold gradually over the course of a a couple of days. Generally, a cold will leave you feeling tired and you’ll exhibit the sneezing, coughing and runny nose symptoms. In rare instance you may also exhibit a mild fever. Colds usually last three to four days, but can persist up to a couple of weeks if you’re not taking appropriate corrective action or if you’re body is not in a healthy state.

#10) The Flu usually comes on suddenly and typically hits hard. Symptoms are weakness accompanied by a lack of energy and a often fever that may run as high as 40 C. Additionally; your muscles and joints will probably ache; you may experience chills, a headache and sore throat. Often the effects – weakness and tiredness - can last for two to three weeks.

colds and flus, cold remedies, natural cold remedies, natural flu remedies
colds and flus, cold remedies, natural cold remedies, natural flu remedies

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