Tag: cold and flu

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…

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…