Fighting Cold & Flu Season Naturally
by Dr. Amber Brooks
The cold and flu season is upon us and every year in the United States, an average of 5-20% of the population gets the flu and many more the common cold. These infections take hold when the immune system is low due to fatigue, nutritional deficiencies or stress. Often the infections spread through casual encounters, school, church, playgrounds and work, even with proper hygiene. The spread is hard to avoid and this as an ever-growing issue that keeps both parents out of work, kids home sick and sometimes chronically ill. It is essential that we give our bodies what they need especially during the cold & flu season. Here are some basic recommendations, there are also many homeopathic and natural herbal remedies that can help combat and treat symptoms.
Multi Vitamin & Mineral
Buffered Vitamin C daily
8 Preventative Care Tips:
1.Sleep: make sure your child is getting adequate sleep each night.
2.Quality Foods: eliminate the ‘junk food’ and sugar, as these decrease the immune system allowing increased susceptibility to infections.
3.Regular Chiropractic adjustments: gentle adjustments are made to allow 100% function of the body, immune and lymphatic system. Your child especially benefits from a visit when they begin to have symptoms or are already sick, as this allows proper lymphatic drainage and speeds up recovery. Chiropractic is especially beneficial for ear infections, sinus pain/infection, headaches, colds and flu.
4.Wash your hands: Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. The germs can live for hours — in some cases weeks — only to be picked up by the next person who touches the same object.
5.Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands, use a tissue: germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results in passing along your germs to others.
6.Don’t touch your face: Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds, and a key way they pass colds on to their parents.
By Dr. Amber Brooks, CACCP
Whole Child Wellness