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INFLUENZA

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Definition – Influenza is a common viral respiratory   infection. It is contagious with an incubation period of 24 to 48 hours. There are three main types of influenza (A, B, C). Only type A produces widespread outbreaks. This is due to the fact that the virus has the ability to constantly change, producing new strains every few years, reducing immunity to it.

Symptoms :

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue

Causes:

  • Personal contact with an infected person
  • Indirect contact with an infected item
  • Viruses

Treatment:
 Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Consume plenty of fluids, especially fruit juices, herbal teas, soups and quality water – prevent dehydration and help flush the body
  • Eat plenty chicken and turkey broth, with cayenne pepper – help prevent and break up congestion
  • Avoid dairy products if possible, as they are mucous-forming, and sugar
  • Sleep and rest as much as possible
  • Avoid iron supplements during a fever, and do not suppress a fever unless it is over 40ºC

Supplement Recommendations

  • ACES + Zn – contains vitamins A (powerful antioxidant and immune booster), C (strengthens immunity) & E (potent immunostimulant that nourishes cells), plus selenium and zinc
  • Borage leaf tea can be drunk to bring down a fever, and is also said to relieve chest colds, bronchitis and coughs. The brew can also be used as a gargle for sore throats
  • The leaf and flowering top of catnip are rich in vitamin C. They can be made into an infusion to relieve colds and fevers; the plant induces sleep and perspiration without increasing body temperature
  • Chives have a blood cleansing, tonic effect and improve the appetite, and they also help ward off colds and flu
  • Honeysuckle flowers can be preserved in honey for use in medicinal remedies for winter ailments like coughs, colds, sore throats, flu, fever and chills
  • Echinacea supplements can speed recovery and help to prevent succumbing to infection
  • Inhaling the steam from a Eucalyptus bath can clear mucous from the upper respiratory tract
  • A few drops of Tea tree oil mixed in a glass of warm water can be used as a gargle to fight off throat infections (do not swallow)

 

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