Chiropractically Speaking About Colds & Flu

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Would you rather be healthy or just feel good? You can be healthy and still not feel well. Coughing, sneezing, headaches, aches and pains are not the result of a lack of medication. Fevers, diarrhea, and other symptoms are natural ways your body responds to infection and disease. These are just a few of the many symptoms associated with colds and flu.

A traditional medical approach has been to treat symptoms by using drugs to numb, slow down, or to speed up the malfunctioning body part(s). It surprises many patients when they discover chiropractic doctors focus, instead, on the underlying cause of their symptoms. Correcting the cause, allows the body to eliminate symptoms of ill-health naturally.

Judging your health by how you feel can be dangerous. The first symptom of high blood pressure is often a deadly stroke. The first symptom of heart disease could be a fatal heart attack. Because your body is so adaptive, by the time any symptoms warn you of a problem, it can be well advanced.

Chiropractic adjustments can help stimulate a positive immune system response, helping your body fight against invading organisms. The proper function of your nervous system, which is the key to good health, is the primary interest of your chiropractic doctor. Schedule a visit with your chiropractor today and help your body function at its best.

Self-Care Techniques for Colds and Flu

  1. Rest. Listen to your body. If you feel the need to rest or sleep, do so. Though regular exercise can boost your immune system, during a cold or flu it may be wise to lighten or skip your usual workout or exercise program depending on the severity of your condition.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Drink one half your body weight in ounces of water evry day. For example, 200 pound man should drink 100 ounces of water daily. When you have a cold 01 flu, increase that number by 20 percent. You can also drink clear soup broths or diluted vegetable juices.
  3. Minimize sugar intake. Sugar, even if derived from natural sources like fruit juice and honey, can impair immune function. Keep sugar to a maximum of 50 grams per day.
  4. Suck 011 zinc tablets or lozenges. Zinc is a nutrient which can help the immune system function. A zinc gluconate lozenge every two waking hours may help eliminate some symptoms and can cut the duration of the cold. Discontinue the zinc after one week if symptoms persist.
  5. Maintain a positive attitude. At the most, your cold or flu will last three to seven days, so follow these guidelines and allow your body to fix itself.
  6. See your chiropractor for frequent chiropractic adjustments, maximizing your nervous system, stimulating your immune system response and allowing your body to heal itself.

 

Did You Know…

Colds are the leading cause of doctor visits and both school and job absenteeism. In an average year, the flu kills an estimated 20,000+ North Americans.

Over-the-counter cough and cold medication sales is in excess of $3.2 billion per year. Most adults get two to four colds each year. Most children get six to ten colds each year. In test tubes, zinc has been shown to prevent cold viruses from reproducing themselves.

Symptoms of the common cold are caused by more than 200 different viruses. Many herbal teas contain a substance called tannic acid or tannins. This is a dehydrant and causes your body to lose water. These teas should be avoided when you have cold or flu symptoms.

Echinacea and Goldenseal are two common herbal supplements that can help alleviate symptoms of cold or flu infection.These should only be taken when needed and not as a daily supplement or they may lose their effectiveness. Goldenseal is a natural dehydrant and can help dry out the sinuses and mucous membranes. Remember to offset this with plenty of water intake.

Cold or Flu?

Common Cold Symptoms of the common cold usually begin two to three days after infection and often include nasal discharge, obstruction of nasal breathing, swelling of the sinus membranes, sneezing, sore throat, cough and headache. Fever associated with colds is usually slight. Cold symptoms are the result of the body’s immune response to a viral invasion. Virus infected cells in the nose send out signals that recruit specialized white blood cells to the site of the infection. In turn, these cells emit a range of of immune system chemicals that create the symptoms of the common cold.

Influenza

The flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. Flu viruses generally enter the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms include headache, chills and a dry cough that is followed by body aches, malaise and fever. Typically the fever will start declining on the second 7 or third day of the illness as upper respiratory symptoms like nasal congestion and sore throat become more noticeable.