Cold and Flu

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

When you think of immune health, the illnesses that come to mind are cold and flu, bacterial infections, or even autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. But you might be surprised to learn that immune health plays a role in many more conditions than you realize. Read on to learn about four conditions related to immune health…

5 Ways You Might Be Weakening Your Immunity

5 Ways You Might Be Weakening Your Immunity

I’m focused on immunity this month because if we wait until cold and flu season hits to work on building up our immune systems, it might be too late. The best way to fortify your immunity is to identify the ways you might be weakening your immune system in the first place. Then you can make changes to reverse those…

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

As this year’s flu and cold season wanes down a bit, I found it heartening to read that science is focusing on a way to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections to help limit over-prescribing of antibiotics. Over the last decades doctors have been far too willing to offer a sad and miserable patient antibiotics, resulting in killing off many…

4 Tips to Light Up 2016!

4 Tips to Light Up 2016!

So now the decadent celebrations are behind us and it’s time to recommit to our healthy selves. However, there may be some leftovers in the frig, and also those delicious gifts you may have received may still be close by! If the gifts were well-sealed, re-gifting may be an option. Donation is a good idea too. Okay, I’m smiling. I…

Back to School Health Tips

Back to School Health Tips

Goodbye to summer! I hope yours was enjoyable and relaxing. Here in Florida, we’re hoping that the heat will lift soon. The kids are headed back to their classes and with the new school year comes the inevitable increase in colds and flu. Lots of excited little human beings in an enclosed space together, laughing, touching and generally sharing their bacteria…

Probiotics and Vitamin C Reduce Colds and School Absences

Research continues to show that probiotics promote immune health. In particular, they have been found to have a beneficial effect on upper respiratory tract infections, which include cold and flu. Up to 80 percent of your immune system resides in the gut, so it’s not surprising that gut bacteria play a major role in immune health. A recent study published…

Prebiotics May Help Reduce Infection in Young Children

On average, children in the United States develop six respiratory tract infections each year. Another infection—gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu—accounts for over 1.5 million outpatients visits, 200,000 hospital visits, and about 300 deaths each year. Together, these infections account for a considerable degree of illness in children. If you are a parent, you are familiar with the frequency…

Antibiotic Resistance—A Call for Global Response

A new report published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal warns that “we are at the dawn of a post-antibiotic era,” with “almost all disease-causing bacteria resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat them.”1 The gravity of the problem was summed up in a commentary on the report: “Rarely has modern medicine faced such a grave threat. Without antibiotics,…

Antibiotics Overprescribed for Sore Throats and Bronchitis

As we gear up for the winter season we are reminded of the usual increase in cold and flu that runs through our communities, work places, and schools. Along with more sniffles and coughs come more visits to the doctor and, unfortunately, more prescriptions for antibiotics—often at the urging of the patient. But cold and flu are viruses, which are…