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Flu Season – It’s Not Over Yet!

FluNotOverJacquie Eubanks RN BSNAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly flu report, flu activity remains elevated with 36 states reporting widespread influenza activity, mainly in the southern and southeastern states. While overall activity is declining, we are clearly not out of the woods, and can expect to see several more weeks of seasonal flu activity. Influenza, a highly contagious viral respiratory illness, causes mild to severe symptoms and can result in complications for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Largely an airborne virus, the flu easily spreads from one person to another through droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or talking. Flu viruses can survive on hands for up to an hour, and can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours, potentially transferring the virus through touch.

Those with the flu are infectious 24 hours before their own symptoms develop, and up to a week after symptoms appear. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on suddenly and tends to linger longer. Symptoms are often more severe than a typical cold and can include a runny nose, sore throat and dry cough, as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, and body aches. Surprisingly, the body’s immune defense system is responsible for some of the symptoms. A fever, for example, is the immune system’s way of making the body a less favorable host for bacteria and viruses, which thrive at 98.6° F. Although not everyone will feel feverish, the influenza virus causes a general feeling of exhaustion and malaise, that often requires bedrest.

You can help stop the spread of the flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with others when you are ill, completely covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, getting plenty of rest, and staying warm and well hydrated. To help prevent the flu, avoid close contact with someone who is sick, wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces regularly and refrain from touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Be sure to support immune and overall health by getting sufficient sleep, eating nutritiously and participating in physical activity. General healthy-living strategies help to naturally strengthen the immune system, while supporting optimal health and overall function.

Over the counter remedies can temporarily suppress symptoms, but may actually impede healing. While annoying, coughing is a productive symptom that helps clear breathing passages. Decongestants restrict flow to blood vessels in the nose and throat, but allowing the blood to flow helps to warm the infected area, enabling secretions to carry away germs. Although symptoms of fever, stuffy nose and coughing are sometimes hard to endure, they are part of the natural healing process, evidence that the immune system is battling the virus. Natural remedies that support the immune system are often helpful either for the prevention of influenza or the recovery from it.

Oscillococcinum® – Though hard to pronounce, this homeopathic taken at the first sign of illness has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, fever, chills, headache and fatigue. As flu comes on quickly, and Oscillo works best when taken early, it’s helpful to keep this on hand to take as quickly as possible when symptoms begin to appear.

Echinacea – This popular medicinal plant has been used for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds. Laboratory studies suggest that echinacea contains active antiviral and antioxidant substances that support and stimulate the immune system to help fight viruses, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Elderberry – Used for centuries to treat respiratory illnesses and heal wounds, evidence suggests that elderberry has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-influenza properties. High in flavonols, elderberry may help to reduce sinus mucous membrane inflammation and relieve nasal congestion.

Garlic – Supported by modern science and known since ancient times for its therapeutic properties, garlic has been shown to be beneficial for respiratory, circulatory, cardiac, and immune health. Consumed regularly, garlic may aid in the prevention of the common cold or may expedite the recovery process.

Oregano Oil – Very high in antioxidants, oregano oil has been shown to combat certain strains of bacteria and microorganisms, and prevent them from proliferating. Oregano oil has been used traditionally for centuries as a natural remedy to treat symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughs, colds, and sore throats. Effective as a natural infection fighter, oregano oil has strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

NAC – N-acetyl-L-cysteine, an amino acid derivative with mucous thinning properties, has been used in conventional medicine for over three decades. NAC has been shown to reduce both the severity and the duration of the flu by supporting the production and activity of white blood cells, helping to boost the body’s natural immune response.

Vitamin D3 – Research indicates that vitamin D3 taken prophylactically is effective in prevention of common upper respiratory infections, including colds and flu. Vitamin D3 supports the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins, and increasing levels of antimicrobial proteins, naturally occurring antibiotics that destroy invading pathogens and viruses. Studies show that those with lower levels of vitamin D3 are more likely to develop influenza when compared to those with high levels of vitamin D3.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to support immune and overall heath:

Oscillococcinum®Oscillococcinum® by Boiron: These highly effective homeopathic pellets work with your body to reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Non-drowsy formula. Children’s formula also available.

 

ACF Fast Relief...ACF Fast Relief Immune Support High Potency by Buried Treasure Nutritionals: This high potency, fast acting liquid immune support formula provides high quality botanicals and nutrients for cold and flu symptom relief. This naturally preserved formulation is gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free.

 

NAC 600 mgNAC 600 mg by Pure Encapsulations: NAC provides powerful cellular nutritional support, specifically supporting healthy lung function though its mucolytic activity. In addition to its antioxidant properties, NAC supports glutathione production, ramping up antioxidant protection. Gluten-free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

A.D.P.A.D.P.® by Biotics Research: This patented, proven effective formula supplies delayed release standardized oregano oil delivered to the intestinal tract to defend against pathogens and bacteria. Gluten free formulation.

 

Vitamin D 5,000 IU ...Vitamin D 5000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: This product supplies 5000 IU of highly bioavailable natural vitamin D3 in support of overall health. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and dairy free vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
Flu. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Here’s why you feel so crummy when you’re sick. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Why Do We Get Chills With a Fever? http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/why-do-we-get-chills-with-a-fever.aspx
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
Echinacea. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/echinacea
Elderberry. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/elderberry
Garlic. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/garlic
11 Best Home Remedies for Flu: Treatments Backed by Scientific Studies. http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/eyes-ears-nose-throat/5-best-home-remedies-for-flu-treatment-backed-by-scientific-studies/
Vitamin D for influenza. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463890/

Flu Season in Full Swing

fluseasonBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently widespread or regional flu activity in every state in the U.S.  Youngsters and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the highly contagious H3N2 virus, this season’s predominant flu strain.  Children, whose immune systems are still developing, help to spread the virus through simple respiration, as they actually exhale more flu virus than adults do.  Seniors, who may have weakened immune systems, are more likely to come down with flu complications such as pneumonia.  Other at-risk susceptible people are those with underlying heart disease, those with compromised immune systems and those who are morbidly obese

The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated against the flu each year, yet studies show that less than 50% of Americans do.  Although the vaccine is made from an inactivated virus and can’t transmit the infection, one of the persistent myths surrounding vaccination is the belief the vaccine will actually cause the flu.  Another reason may be that some think the flu is harmless when it can be quite serious, as flu complications are responsible for approximately 36,000 deaths each year. 

According to the CDC, how well a vaccine works at preventing the flu varies widely from season to season.  Two factors that play an important role in determining the likelihood of a flu vaccine providing protection include the age and health of the person receiving the vaccine and how well the vaccine is matched to the current strain of flu virus. 

If you do feel sick, how do you know whether you have a common cold or the more serious influenza?  Cold symptoms generally come on slowly and can include nasal symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat, which may be accompanied by a headache, a hacking cough, and some general aches and pains.  The flu is likely to include the sudden onset of symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, exhaustion, fatigue, a severe cough and may be accompanied by nasal symptoms as well.  A cold can make you feel miserable, but a bout with the flu will send you straight to bed. 

As we approach the peak of the 2014 flu season, good health habits may help to protect you and prevent the spread of the virus. 

Keep your body hydrated.   Staying hydrated helps to prevent drying of mucous membranes, preventing tiny cracks that allow viruses to enter.  Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose to reduce access for airborne viruses to get inside your system.  

Eat a diet rich in plant-based foods.  Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that are linked to enhanced immunity and faster healing. 

Keep your gut healthy with probiotics.  Beneficial microorganisms aid gut and intestinal tract health by keeping pathogens in check.  Probiotics from foods or through supplementation are believed to contribute to immune function, while aiding digestion and nutrient absorption. 

Exercise all year long.  Don’t let winter weather prevent you from exercising.  Moderate physical activity helps your body function optimally and keeps you healthier by strengthening the immune system. 

Supplement.  A multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains 100% of the recommended daily values of vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D, and minerals chromium, copper, folic acid, selenium, calcium and zinc will fill in nutritional gaps and may help to reduce the risk of infection. 

Wash, wash, wash your hands often.  And wash them properly by rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds  Any type of soap will do.  In the absence of soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used. 

Clean surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, keyboards, TV remotes, cell phones or any other frequently touched surface.  Germs can live for up to 8 hours on hard surfaces.  Detergents or chlorine, alcohol or peroxide based cleaners are thought to be effective against influenza viruses. 

Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze.  Uncovered sneezes can send airborne viruses up to 12 feet away!  The best way to inhibit the spread of germs is to sneeze into a tissue and toss it in the trash.  When you sneeze into your hands, germs still escape and can land almost 4 feet away.  Sneezing into the inside of your elbow can spread germs up to 8 feet away.  In the absence of tissues, use your elbow, but be sure to completely cover your nose and mouth. 

Avoid contact with others.  This goes for both sick and healthy people.  Aside from medical attention when necessary, sick people need to stay at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers.  Healthy people need to limit contact with sick people as much as possible within their own environments. 

If you do get the flu, bed rest is crucial to helping your immune system fight off the infection.  Adequate fluid intake is necessary to prevent dehydration.  In addition to water, try some warm, soothing liquids such as tea, broths and soups.  While you may not feel like eating, nutritious foods including protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats will support your immune system and provide the energy needed to fight the virus and help you to get better.   

ViraClear EPs 7630 (Original) by Integrative Therapeutics –  This homeopathic clinically proven extract helps to shorten the duration and reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections.  Also available in an alcohol-free, cherry flavored formula for children. 

Echinacea Certified Lyphoherb Freeze-Dried Extract by Ecological Formulas –  Active ingredients in this formula stimulate the immune system to combat bacteria and viruses that cause cold, flu and other infections. 

Zinc Lozenges by Douglas Laboratories – These pleasant tasting, natural orange flavored lozenges increase antioxidant activity and help fight infections by balancing the immune system’s response.   

Oscillococcinum by Boiron –  Developed in the 1930’s, this homeopathic remedy helps reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms especially when taken at the first sign of illness.