Winter Ills & Chills

Winter ills refer to colds and can be caused by any of a large number of viral infections, and normally last 7-10 days. Winter chills on the other hand, refer to the flu, and is caused by one of the Influenza group of viruses, and tends to last longer than a cold. 

Symptoms

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • General tiredness
  • Mild fever
  • Aching muscles
  • High fever
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Aching back, arms and legs

Causes

  • Winter ills and chills are viral and are commonly spread through people sneezing, coughing, and the transfer of bodily fluids from person to person
  • Poor Immunity lowers resistance to infection and may increase the severity or duration of winter ills and chills

Nutritional & Herbal Support

  • Echinacea has been scientifically proven to enhance Immunity, and may help reduce the severity of symptoms and duration of infections. It is specifically indicated for individuals suffering from repeated bouts of Colds and flu, Bronchitis, Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
  • Elderberries contain anthocyanins which have been shown to be potent antioxidants and may help reduce the duration and symptomatic relief of Colds and flu.
  • Zinc is involved in many aspects of Immunity, and inadequate intake may lower resistance to infection. Supplementation may be particularly beneficial for the health of seniors, because the ability to absorb zinc declines with age
  • If you are susceptible to recurrent respiratory tract infections, take a multivitamin that's been specially formulated with herbs, vitamins and minerals to promote immune support. Look for a product combining a broad spectrum of nutrients with immune-boosting herbs such as Astragalus, Lingustrum, Echinacea, and Reishi mushroom

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Rest when you need to, eat regular small meals, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices. This will ensure you are getting plenty of vitamin C, betacarotene (some of which is converted into vitamin A in the body) and bioflavonoids
  • Many natural therapists recommend avoiding dairy products when you have respiratory infections, believing that they encourage the airways to produce mucus. Even though this advice is controversial, it's worthwhile trying; many sufferers report that avoiding dairy foods helps manage their symptoms
  • Steam inhalations or the use of a humidifier can help break up respiratory mucus and make it easier to expel; eucalyptus oil enhances the effects of the steam
  • Avoid dust, fumes and cigarette smoke
  • Practicing good hygiene helps prevent the spread of infection. Wash your hands carefully, always cover your mouth when you Cough or sneeze, and dispose of used tissues thoughtfully

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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