Supplements to keep flu at bay during winter
The flu season has begun, what can you do to protect yourself? The flu is a highly infectious illness caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms include high temperature, aches and pains, extreme tiredness, nausea, loss of appetite, and a cough.
Healthy people should recover quite quickly but it can be life threatening for those in high risk groups. This includes older people, very young people, people with compromised immunity, and pregnant women.
Flu usually has a sudden onset while a cold can be more gradual, starting with a sore throat or a runny nose. You won't generally have a fever or headache with a common cold unless your sinuses are blocked.
The virus can be spread by coughing or sneezing. You're infectious for 1 or 2 days before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after you show symptoms. The virus can survive on infected surfaces for up to 24 hours or longer. You can get flu by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
A.Vogel Echinacea is a herbal supplement that can help support your immune system so that you can fight the viral infection. If you already have the flu then A.Vogel Echinacea Hot Drink is a better option. It's pleasant to drink, you take it up to five times a day for a few days. This will help you deal with the symptoms more effectively.
Other natural remedies to fight viruses include Vitamin D, Elderberry, Garlic, Olive Leaf, and Turkey Tail mushrooms. Zinc, Vitamin C, and Selenium are commonly used to support immunity.
It's difficult to believe that worldwide, flu causes between 3 and 5 million cases of severe disease each year and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Between 200 and 500 people, mainly older people, die from flu each winter according to the HSE. So, it's important to prevent the spread of the virus to protect vulnerable people. If you're high risk, stay away from crowds, avoid hugging and hand shaking, and practice good hygiene. Take natural supplements to support your immune system, ask your doctor first if you're on medication.
Call into your local health store to have a chat, they have lots of supplements for you to choose from.