Author: Jeff Martinez
Every year we are faced with the question, “How to Beat the Flu Season”. The importance of influenza vaccinations, being that we are on the verge of flu season – vaccinations are the best way to prevent infection with this virus. As you may recall from seasons past, cold season tends to mimic the trends of flu season, with one exception: cold season often peaks around December or January rather than in February (as is the case with influenza). While colds typically have milder effects than the flu, unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern between a cold and a flu based on symptoms alone. Chances are, you will contract one of these illnesses this season, and while you cannot avoid them entirely, there are plenty of preventative measures you can take to help decrease your risk or even the severity of illness.
As far as natural remedies for cold and flu prevention go, they run the entire gamut from ineffective to effective. Americans spend billions of dollars every year on vitamins, minerals or other supplements even though there is little or no proof of their effectiveness.
Here are some of the more commonly touted supplements and their studied effectiveness:
If you are a healthy adult, your body can often fight off such infections without much assistance from medications or supplements. If, however, you develop a fever of greater than 100.4°F, have symptoms that last more than 10 days or that are not relieved by over-the-counter (OTC) medications, you should visit your physician. Keep in mind that antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections, not viruses, which are the most common cause of cold.