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Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

This newsletter seems to have an underlying tone: pay now or pay later. It seems like it should be the theme for what I do in helping people stay healthy. To my dismay, most people I meet have made the choice to "pay later" (wait until they feel sick or develop a health condition). In my attempt to not be a hypocrite, I maintain the lifestyle of "pay now" (living a healthy lifestyle which includes eating right, exercise, spirituality and supplements: my 4 Pillars of Great Health). When it comes to cold and flu season, pay now makes much more sense. Who wants to feel miserable, miss work, lose out on income, have sick children, etc.? NOT me! Follow some of these basic guidelines to "pay now" instead of later.

You may not be aware that the incubation period for the flu can vary from days to weeks. Even though you might be exposed to the cold or flu germs today, it could be weeks before you develop or experience symptoms. This fall/winter season, I am suggesting that you get ahead of the game. Here are some simple tips to avoiding winter bugs:

Make Sensible Lifestyle Choices

Before we get into the meat of what to take, remember to look long and hard at your other lifestyle choices. Key things to avoid in your diet are sugar, honey and starchy/refined foods. These will weaken your immune function. Increase your activity, which will increase your immune function. Avoid most grocery store purchased fruit juices (they are high in sugar). Great marketing by the orange juice growers, but honestly-eat an orange or take vitamin C with a large glass of water. Speaking of water, it is a great way to support your immune system. Purified water will help flush out toxins and keep your mucous membranes hydrated, which helps prevent coughs and sinus issues.

There are two basic ways to address your immune system and its needs: stimulation and support.

Immune System Stimulation - "Pay Later"

Supplements that stimulate the immune system are for short-term use (a few weeks) and will cause an increase in the production and activity of certain immune cells. These supplements are for those of you who decided to "pay later". Examples would be echinacea and high doses of vitamin C. These types of supplements would be used at the onset of symptoms and really provide no benefit for "preventing" problems this season. They are more for the "pay later" people who don't like to be proactive and use preventative measures. Here are some others to consider too. Don't forget that homeopathic products work great as well:

  • Zinc
  • Garlic
  • Oscillococcinum
  • Elderberry
  • Oregano
  • Olive Leaf
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Neti Pot

This list could be endless. Consult with your Vitamin Shoppe Health Enthusiast for help finding the product that is right for you.

Immune System Support - "Pay Now"

Support supplements are slower-acting (take at least 3 days to start working) and can be used for extended periods of time (months). These supplements provide key nutrients or components to make sure that your immune system is functioning optimally. I prefer to use combination formulas to achieve this. Combination formulas will address the multiple facets of your immune system at once, giving you the broadest approach possible to preventing immune challenges. Here are some of the ingredients that you should look for:

  • Beta Glucan
  • Maitake
  • AHCC
  • Reishi
  • Probiotics
  • Green Tea
  • Ashwaganda
  • Cordyceps
  • Astragalus
  • Whey Protein
  • Glutamine
  • Colostrum
  • Oregano (ok for long-term, but works short-term too)
  • Elderberry (same as above)
  • Neti Pot (twice-daily use can be a great preventative action)

Combining approaches is the key to staying healthy throughout the cold weather months. Just eating right, exercising or taking supplements alone is good, but combining all three together will assure you that you're doing everything you can to avoid being sick this cold and flu season.

 
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