With headlines like “Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse”, the stomach flu is giving many families a rocky start to 2017. Stomach flu treatment focuses primarily on dealing with the symptoms while the virus runs its course, although a 2010 study suggests that probiotics taken early may shorten symptoms by about a day. [Read more…]
Chapped lips tend to get worse in winter, but can be a problem any time of year. It's important to match the right remedies for dry lips so you heal as well as treating the symptoms. Remember – good health starts from the inside out. In this post we'll talk about the causes of chapped lips and ways to help you heal. [Read more…]
Vitamin C for Colds and Flu
Vitamin C has been demonstrated to have a strong anti-viral effect. Orthomolecular.org states: “In high doses, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, helps kill viruses, and strengthens the body's immune system. Taking supplemental vitamin C routinely helps prevent viral infections.” It has been shown to be effective against both the swine and bird flu. [Read more…]
The best cold and flu remedies are the ones you add to your routine before you get sick. By including the right herbs, foods and probiotics in your regular routine, you're less likely to get sick and more likely to recover faster if you do. I've made a habit of adding these herbs and spices for cold and flu fighting into our meals and herbal teas. This post discusses the best cold remedies (and flu remedies) using herbs, spices and your kitchen sink.
Do probiotics for colds and flu really help? Let's check it out.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in the body's digestive system. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Maryland states that we each house two to five pounds (1.0 to 2.26 kilograms) of live bacteria inside our bodies. On average, we have 10 bacteria cells for each single human cell. We are more bacteria than we are human – strange, but true. (Makes using all those antibacterial products sound like a bad idea, doesn't it?) [Read more…]