Posts Tagged ‘cold and flu’

Immune Boosters For Fall

Bundle up hipster! You'll catch your death

Bundle up hipster! You’ll catch your death

The change of seasons, whether it is summer to fall or winter to spring, is a period during which people are susceptible to colds and fevers. September to November can be a stressful period, as students and workers return to school and work, bringing with them an array of germs and microorganisms that seem to thrive in close quarters and re-circulated air, and stress takes its toll on a healthy immune system.

Add to that the pressures of extra work coupled with deadlines, and you get  otherwise conscientious folks skipping meals, or making poor food choices and shortchanging themselves of adequate sleep. As daylight hours decrease and we spend more time indoors, our exposure to sunlight and the vitamin D that it brings is diminished. And then there is the weather itself; a day that starts off like August can seem like November in just a few hours, and we can be caught off guard sartorially. Anyone who has been caught without an umbrella or sweater on an October day while waiting for transit, then stuffed like a standing sausage next to someone with the sniffles is a prime candidate to receive an unwanted cold and to pay it forward. Continue »



Homemade NeoCitran

What a lousy time to have the flu, or even a common cold. Maybe you have noticed that some of your old stand-by medicines are no longer available. It’s true, believe it or not, there is a shortage of several cough and cold medicines such as Buckley’s and that old stand-by, NeoCitran, inextricably linked with images of Saint Bernards and letter carriers warming their feet in buckets of hot water. Truth be told, all is not lost. Many in the health profession aver that cough syrups and medications such as NeoCitran are largely panaceas, that the best cure is rest, lots of water, cleanliness and a good diet.

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Detox Before New Year’s Eve

This is the time of year when we are most susceptible to colds and flu. During the holidays we are stressed, drinking too much, eating too much and not enough of it green or healthy foods, and generally just being brats. Add in the cold weather and you’ve got a perfect recipe for nasty cold. The last thing we want is to be standing at the big New Year’s Eve bash with a runny nose and pounding headache. Continue »