Five Easy Remedies to Fight Against Cold and Flu This Season

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Five Easy Remedies to Fight Against  Cold and Flu This Season

by Resident Expert Toni Hall Parker [space]

Flu season rolls around every year and cause many working mothers to feel anxiety about the childcare issues that will inevitably pop up if their child gets sick.  However, this year, instead of accepting the flu as a way of life-beef up your arsenal with these five flu fighting remedies. [space]

1.  Get your Flu Vaccine [space]

Most people swear by their annual tried and true flu shot, and why not? It’s a fast and convenient way to combat the flu, and thanks to a slow flu season this year, there is plenty of the vaccine to go around. reported Dr. Joe Bressee (who head of the Epidemiology and Prevention branch in the CDC’s Influenza Division) as saying that there will be about 135 to 139 million doses available this flu season.  So if you haven’t gotten your shot yet-don’t fret, there’s plenty of the vaccine stocked and waiting at your local pharmacy. [space]

2. Up Your Vitamin D Levels [space]

Did you know that Vitamin D is one of the most important supplements that you should have in your arsenal to fight a cold and influenza?   This frequently overlooked nutrient packs a punch powerful enough to knock out influenza A, B, C, and H1N1.  Research by Dr. John Cannell, Founder and current Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, showed that 2000 units of vitamin D taken daily was effective in keeping his patients from getting influenza.  [space]

3.  Drink More Green Tea [space]

If this is one of your favorite beverages-then you’re in luck.  According a study on, green tea hosts and army of antiviral components that prevent influenza infection.  When researchers studied 2050 elementary students in Japan, they found that those students, who drank 1 to 5 cups of green tea a day, were less likely to get the flu. [space]

4.  Eat More Honey [space]

I’m not talking about any ole honey-I’m talking about Manuka honey.   And, while this honey might not necessarily prevent the flu, it has earned it right to be included on this list because of its super heroic ability to break up and rid your body of stubborn mucous.  Hailing all the way from New Zealand, Manuka honey is an absolute miracle when it comes to opening up your airways so that you can breathe easier.  So if you’re asthmatic, this expectorant is a must have daily remedy. [space]

5.  Bite Down on Some Garlic [space]

Garlic is an herb that we use to season our food.   But guess what!  This wonderful little herb not only gives your food an extra punch, it also fights the influenza virus with mighty a vengeance, according to a study in the Iranian Journal of Virology.  Researchers studied the effect of garlic on the influenza virus after 1 hour, 8 hours, and 24 hours of exposure to the virus and found that it remained effective at making the influenza virus ineffective. [space]

All of these remedies can be found at your local grocery store pharmacy or health food store. [space]

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