Colds, Flus, Immunity

Is it a Cold or The Flu?

Here is a handy comparison chart to see if you are dealing with a cold or the flu.

Complications

Potential Complications of a Cold: Sinus congestion, difficulty breathing, earaches, and low energy.

Potential Complications of a Flu: Bronchitis, pneumonia, low-energy, lethargy, and can be life-threatening.

Helpful Suggestions

No matter what one is dealing with plenty of rest is ALWAYS a good idea. Your body needs all of its energy stores to deal with the situation so ‘pushing through‘ is NEVER a good idea and may prolong your sickness and even make it worse.

A women resting in bed surrounded by white sheets and pillows

Drink plenty of liquids to help stay hydrated and to move impurities out of the body. If you have a sore throat drink things like warm lemon water and honey. Here is a recipe also for sore throats:

Dealing With A Fever?

If you are dealing with a fever, remember that fevers are there for reason. You might want to read this post about fevers and see how miraculous they can be:

And as always, prevention is the best medicine there is. We cannot always prevent these illnesses but we can take measures to support our bodies, minds and our immune systems every day of our lives. In this way, we are more resistant to pathogens and invaders.

Here is a link that might inspire you to do just that! We don’t want to be like a pot of water just waiting to boil over. The tipping point always comes. 🙂

Dog and kitten cuddling together. The kitten is under the dogs ear as they are lie head to head with eyes closed. Adorable!

Pet Love

If you have a pet make sure you cuddle with them. This is hugely helpful!

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is extremely helpful in providing the body and mind with the nutrition they need to stay active and healthy. There are also many excellent supplements to help also and when it comes to Immune Support, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are three very important ones that can be of help.

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Family Health, Fevers, Kids Health

More Interesting Fever Facts

Yesterday I wrote about the Miracle of a Fever

Yesterday’s Blog Post on Fevers

Today I will share some more in-depth information about fevers that you may find interesting and hopefully useful.

A fever (pyrexia) can be a response to:

. endogenous pyrogens which are fever causing chemicals produced in the body

. infection

. bacteria

. exercise (a fever is a normal reaction)

. dehydration (a fever indicates this is a serious problem)

Basically it is an immune response.

Yesterday I wrote about the miracle of fevers and for good reason. The fever helps to heal you. However, the inability to strike a fever in response to an infection is a sign of weakness and debility. People with serious illnesses like AIDS or Cancer often do not have enough bodily strength to strike a fever. This is also common with the elderly and makes diagnosing serious illnesses in the elderly more difficult.

As for children and fevers according to a report published in the journal Pediatrics:

“Fever retards the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses, enhances neutrophil production and T-lymphocyte proliferation, and aids in the body’s acute-phase reaction… Most fevers are of short duration, are benign, and may actually protect the host. Data show beneficial effects on certain components of the immune system in fever, and limited data have revealed that fever actually helps the body recover more quickly from viral infections…”

A very interesting thing about the body when it comes to fevers is that digestion slows dramatically when the body spikes a fever. Food tends to ferment and putrefy so the best protocol is to fast, rest and drink plenty of fluids.  And of course, monitor, monitor, monitor. You want the fever to run its course and do its job but if it starts to spike too high, it needs to be addressed immediately.

The optimal range for a fever to do its job is between 99 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Always seek proper medical attention if a fever starts to spike higher than this. For more guidelines around this here is a good and informative link:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/symptoms-causes/syc-20352759

In closing I cannot stress enough the power of rest. Whether you are fighting a cold, fever, or the flu, rest, rest, rest! Support your body in supporting you. 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Practitioner, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certifed Life Coach who loves sharing information about wellness of body, mind and spirit.