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Cold and Flu

Sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat -- everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known to exist. Although the common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting one to two weeks, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States due to the common cold. In the course of a year, people in the United States suffer 1 billion colds, according to some estimates. Children have about six to ten colds a year. One important reason why they are so common in children is because they are often in close contact with each other in daycare centers and schools. In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. Adults average about two to four colds a year, although the range varies widely. Women, especially those age 20 to 30, have more colds than men. On average, people older than 60 have fewer than one cold a year.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

• Get plenty of rest. The body needs its strength to fight a virus. • Drink plenty of purified water in order to stay hydrated. • Sterilize surfaces and hands, treat hands and surfaces frequently. • Take a hot shower to clear nasal passage; use nasal irrigation if necessary. • Avoid stressors and upsetting situations or encounters which could prolong healing time. • Do gentle movements to encourage lymph flow.

Dietary Tips and Caveats:

• Eat fresh fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C • Try to eat small amounts of quality protein, as it is essential for the immune system. • Add garlic or turmeric to foods such as soups and broths; use plenty of spices such as cloves and rosemary for their antioxidant properties. • Have a healthy gluten free chicken noodle soup or bone broth. • Avoid sugary snacks. • Avoid dairy, especially if battling congestion.

How can Chiropractic Help?

Your body has the ability to function optimally which can only happen if you are free of subluxations. Vertebral subluxations are misalignments in the vertebrae of your spine. They prevent proper nerve flow throughout your body and lower your natural resistance. When the stress on the nerves is cleared, the body functions at a much higher level. This is the best form of prevention available.