Exposing Myths on How to Handle Cold and Flu Season
The next few months are usually among the years highest for reported cold and flu symptoms. Over the past thirty years, February was the heaviest flu month of the year 14 timesand March 9 times. Yes, it’s here.
While there are several things you can do to reduce your risk. Some of what you read online is reliable; and some of the information that is just plain nonsense.
That’s why I’m going to give you the REAL truth about three of the best-known cold-and-flu-fighting myths.
MYTH 1: “Got the flu? Stay away from milk.”
The belief is that dairy in your system increases mucus production…something you are typically trying to get rid of when you have the flu.
If you are lactose intolerant, you should limit or avoid dairy products, even if you don’thave a cold or the flu, as this causing inflammation in your body.
The National Institute of Health studies show that dairy consumption can make the mucus in your system thicker. But the good news is, dairy products can actually be helpful against certain flu symptoms for a few reasons.
First, they are not acidic, so they tend to soothe a sore throat and why give ice cream is provided for people who’ve had their tonsils out.
Plus, the flu frequently reduces your appetite…especially if you’re suffering from symptoms like diarrhea. So should we just drink milk and eat ice cream when we have the flu? Well, no. But there is clean and immune boosting Whey Protein Isolate, full of immune supportive proteins and a good source of nutrients and calories if you don’t feel like eating.
MYTH 2: “Feed a cold, starve a fever.”
How long has this idea been around? My research shows it has been around for hundreds of years. But there’s just one problem with it: It’s not really true.
When you limit calorie intake for a fever, or any illness, this actually deprives your body of nutrients. When nutrients are reduced, you will naturally reduce the energy your body needs to fight off the sickness.
Soup is a good food choice when you have a cold, fever, or the flu. Here’s why. Like dairy products, soup usually has a soothing effect on a sore throat. And typically has a high amount of salt, labeled as sodium, that can help re-hydrate you if you have diarrhea or sweats from a fever. Because there can be a lot of sodium in soup, select one with low sodium.
Other flu-fighting options are to add garlic, potatoes, and leafy greens to soup as a way to increase vitamin intake and reduce inflammation.
MYTH 3: “All you need is vitamin C.”
There are a lot of people who consider vitamin C as sort of a miracle cold cure and think as long as they take a vitamin C, then the chance of coming down with a cold are nearly impossible.
Even if your vitamin C offers potential benefits for your heart, eyes, and immune system, studies show it will not prevent the average person from catching a cold.
It does, however, help reduce the duration of a cold…with the caveat you begin taking the vitamin as soon as symptoms occur.
I hope clarifying these three popular cold and flu myths helps you and your family.
Of course, there are a few quick, easy things you can always do to keep cold and flu symptoms in check.
This includes washing your hands regularly (especially when out in public), and avoiding significant contact with sick people.
Of course, for additional support for a healthy immune system, a probiotic can be very helpful especially when combined with other supplements. The 7 beneficial strains in Doctor’s Optimum Probiotics can help replenish your “good” gut bacteria, which current findings show are responsible for up to 70 percent of your immune system functions. The result can dramatically improve your gut’s ability to protect you from cold and flu symptoms.
Also, vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce incidence and longevity of cold and flu. Vitamin D3 needs emulsified in a natural fat for absorption. Combined with probiotics, we call this Doctor’s Optimum Immune Program.
For those needing additional immune support, you may want to add high-dose, emulsified oregano oil in our Doctor’s Optimum Immune Support. This combined with probiotics and D3 is part of the Doctor’s Optimum Immune + Program.
When you are sick or always seem to have a cold, we combine the Immune + products, plus the Whey Protein Isolate from above, and an essential fatty acid (fish oil plus two other essential beneficial fats) to support lymphatic flow known as Doctor’s Optimum Immune Total Program. Plus, it has two additional strains for 9 beneficial strains in Doctor’s Optimum Probiotic + with 30 Billion organisms to support a very low immune system.