Surviving the Cold and Flu Season: Basics

There are two major cold and flu seasons that we go through each year. The usual trigger is when the seasons change from spring to summer and summer to fall. There are a multitude of reasons for these particular times to be troublesome, mostly related to temperature extremes, seasonal allergies and fungus cycles. People tend to gather together for social functions more during those times as well, which allows the opportunity for spread of disease due to close proximity to infected individuals. Since viral particles are shed before the infected person is aware they are ill, there is little warning. Check http://wingedseed.com/blog/2010/11/09/cold-and-flu-season/.

To get through the cold and flu seasons in relative ease, make sure to bump up on vitamin C, zinc, colloidal silver, multivitamin/multiminerals, vitamin B complex, and raw apple cider vinegar. Be sure to eat good, healthy food-even though it’s hard to contemplate a nice big salad when it’s cold outside. Get plenty of rest, reduce stress as much as possible, and get a good laugh every day. When exercising outdoors, take care to wear a jacket when you start to cool down-yes, Mom was right–avoiding a chill is important to keeping your body reserves from being depleted.

For those in northern climates that lack sun: keeping lights on during the day helps to keep the circadian rhythms from going awry. Use “daylight” or “sunlight spectrum” bulbs, which provide about 92% of the same spectrum as sunlight. A few hours before going to sleep, turn the lights down; add orange, red, or yellow bulbs if there is a problem getting to sleep. The colors of fire remind us of ancient times when campfires were the only light at night. Strange as it may seem, our brains are quite familiar with those colors signaling a time to get ready to sleep.

Be prepared for sudden cold snaps while out by always carrying a jacket, gloves and a hat. A warm hat will keep a major amount of heat from escaping the body. The trick to keeping warm during seasonal changes has to do with the amount of energy the immune system requires for proper functioning and the need to keep the body temperature at a balmy 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If the body gets chilled and can’t get the temperature back up quickly, opportunistic organisms could get the upper hand.

As far as getting vaccinations goes, you have to make your own choice in the matter. Please do check out both sides of the issue to make sure you are fully informed before taking such foreign substances into your body. Caveat emptor. If one prepares well and avoids getting infected in the first place, there is no need for most of what the conventional doctors are recommending. Since most of the problem with getting the cold or flu viruses is that of the immune system responding too strongly but not being strong enough to prevent viruses (and not with the infecting organisms themselves), keep the body’s defenses shored up and just avoid the whole mess.