Common Cold

Build your Family’s Immunity Cabinet

Build your Family’s Immunity Cabinet

With the start of school and the change from summer to fall, you know what comes next—the dreaded cold and flu season. It’s only a matter of time before someone in your family comes down with the sniffles, a scratchy throat, or a cough. Whether you’re dealing with an upper respiratory head cold or a lower respiratory chest cough, you’ll…

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…

5 Surprising Facts About Your Immune System

5 Surprising Facts About Your Immune System

Your immune system is a complex network made up of an array of cells and biological compounds that work together to keep you healthy as your body comes into contact with foreign “invaders” of all sorts—bacteria, viruses, fungi, allergens, toxins, and more. Your immune system is tasked with identifying harmful substances and getting rid of them all while letting benign…

Traveling with Probiotics

Traveling with Probiotics

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about summer travel lately. There are a number of products I recommend traveling with, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I’d say don’t leave home without your probiotics. Traveling usually involves going to new places that your body isn’t as familiar with. You eat new foods, encounter new…

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…

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…

Probiotics for the Common Cold

Probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, have been studied for a number of health conditions, but one of the most exciting benefits of probiotics is their effect on the common cold. A number of studies have looked at probiotic treatment and prevention of upper respiratory tract infections (cold and flu, most notably). A recent systematic review evaluated data from twelve randomized, controlled…