Prevention During the Cold and Flu Season- Part 1
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Prevention During the Cold and Flu Season- Part 2

If you get a cold then the best time to treat is early.

Contrary to popular belief, some of our most common natural cold remedies don't actually prevent colds, but lessen the length and severity of the common cold. 

Vitamin C:
Vitamin C taken in larger quantities lessens the length and severity of the common cold.

Echinacea:
Most of the research indicates that Echinacea provides only minimal protections as a prophylactic against colds, BUT is effective as a treatment once a cold has been contracted.

But remember, prevention in the best medicine.

There are options that can help prevent the common cold by stimulating the immune system.  The following natural remedies can be taken throughout the cold and flu season to decrease your susceptibility to catch a cold. 

Astragalus:
Astragalus is a herb that works to prevent the common cold.

Zinc:
Zinc has been shown to be effective in decreasing the occurrence of the common cold.

Probiotics:
For example, Lactobacillus found in cultured dairy products or in probiotics where shown, in a Finnish study, to reduce respiratory infections in children attending day care by 10% to 20%.

Even with all of these effective tools, the best way to prevent the common cold and boost your immune system is through a healthy lifestyle.

Alison Finger, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

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