Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How does the common cold affect your body

Common cold - also known as coryza, rhinitis, and upper respiratory infection - is an acute infection of the upper respiratory tract by a filterable virus, which is then often followed by invasion of the respiratory tract by pathogenic organisms. It is considered to be highly contagious, although it is usually mild, of short duration, and endemic. The onset is marked by a chilly sensation followed by sneezing, watering of the eyes, nasal discharge, cough, and is often accompanied by a mild fever.

Good health is the best way to ward off colds and cold sores. Good health is dependent on a proper diet consisting of nutrient packed foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, no smoking, limited alcohol consumption, drinking lots of water to keep the toxins and impurities flushed out of your body and adequate sleep. Also it's wise to take a multiple vitamin supplement containing a large quantity of B vitamins (anti-stress vitamins), Vitamin C (500 to 1,000 mg) and Zinc (10 to 25 mg) help boost the body's immunity.To help ward off colds and greatly improve your allergies, try nasal irrigation with warm water and a quarter teaspoon of salt or baking soda. Taking Astragalus, an herbal extract and green tea and blueberries are good sources of antioxidants also help boost the immune system.

Homeopathic remedies have been around for over 100 years and if taken at the first sign of sickness, they can greatly lesson the severity of symptoms. These natural remedies contain no harsh chemicals or anything for people to be allergic to, Since flu can strike without warning, it's good to have an arsenal on hand, just in case.

1. Ginger tea is an anti-inflammatory and a great remedy for an upset stomach.

2. Echinacea herbal extract will help fight illness.

3. Elderberry extract can kill a virus before it takes hold in your body.

4. Garlic fights and defeats virus' in your body.

5. Cayenne pepper helps to fight colds by heating your body.

6. One homeopathic flu remedy is Oscillocococcinum.

If you are a person who is sick frequently, take a look at your overall health program. Rest, exercise and proper nutrition are the core of any wellness and immune boosting regimen. Happiness and a positive attitude also helps the body maintain good health.