Do you know that feeling when a cold or flu is coming on? Maybe your eyes get a little watery or your throat feels sore and scratchy, or you just feel really tired and run down. The symptoms can vary, but when a cold or flu hits, it’s no picnic. In this case, time is of the essence, since natural treatments work best at the onset of symptoms.
Many of our patients are looking to find a more natural approach to cold and flu treatment, instead of heading to an urgent care for antibiotics. Since colds and flus are usually caused by a virus, antibiotics and other treatments may do more harm than good.
Let’s explore the causes of colds and flus, what symptoms typically appear, some things you can do at home to stave them off, and some natural treatment options that are available.
Causes of Colds and Flus
Colds and flus are commonly caused by viruses that enter the body through the nose, eyes or mouth, and travel through the air when someone sneezes, talks, or coughs. Did you know that a sneeze or cough can travel much farther than originally estimated? According to a study done at MIT, droplets travel 10 to 200 times farther than previously anticipated and can easily reach ventilation systems in airplanes, businesses, hospitals and healthcare facilities to be spread to others. Some viruses can also be transferred through food and water.
Colds are commonly caused by rhinoviruses. There are two main types of flus: influenza and gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Influenza is a virus that is constantly changing and new strains are showing up each season. Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu is usually caused by noroviruses and rotavirus. Noroviruses are foodborne illnesses and are transferred through contaminated food or water sources. Rotavirus most commonly affects children and is spread when they put their fingers in their mouth after touching a contaminated object, or when they put things in their mouths that are contaminated.
Symptoms of Colds & Flus
Common Cold Symptoms
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Chest congestion
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- General malaise (a general feeling of being unwell)
- Sore throat
- Painful, aching muscles
- A heavy headed feeling
- Fever above 100.4 F (38 C)
- A dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Chills, shakiness, and sweating
- Lack of energy
- Extreme fatigue
- Bodily weakness
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
- Dehydration due to vomiting or diarrhea
Typical Cold and Flu Treatment
Conventional cold and flu treatments may include prescription cough medicines, Tamiflu, steroids, and antibiotics. One of the most concerning treatments is antibiotics, since most colds and flus are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibiotics can greatly compromise the health of the gut which is where 75% or more of the body’s immune system resides. This can lead to more frequent illnesses due to a compromised immune system and intestinal flora imbalance. In addition, when an antibiotic is truly needed, it may not work in the body due to repeated exposure and the fact that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics.
At Home Flu Treatment
At LifeWorks, you can purchase a treatment package to take home to use if you feel you are coming down with the flu. It comprises a bottle of saline/hydrogen peroxide solution, a syringe to draw up the solution and a delivery mask for your nebulizer (not included). Full instructions are supplied.
Cold and Flu Treatment Naturally at LifeWorks
If you don’t want to be handed an antibiotic or steroid for cold or flu, our natural treatment doctors can help you navigate the cold and flu season. At LifeWorks, we treat colds and flus naturally through prevention and powerful natural treatments.
“I came to LifeWorks to see Sue Morgan because I had a cold and had trouble breathing. She examined me and told me I had an upper respitory infection, so she suggested I have IV therapy. I was used to getting Myers’ Cocktail IVs to boost my energy levels so I agreed to give it a try.
I had my first IV on Friday afternoon and by Monday I couldn’t believe the difference it had made to my whole body. Apart from getting rid of my cold, all my aches and pains had gone. For the past few years, I have had achy legs which have prevented me walking very far, and going upstairs has been painful. Also, more recently my head has felt like it was full of cobwebs.
After just one IV therapy session my legs stopped hurting, I could move around more easily and my head was very clear. I called Sue to tell her how pleased I was with the results and she suggested I have a course of 10 IVs over 10 weeks, which I have started doing. I really cannot believe the difference the IV has made to my life and I would recommend them to anyone.” – Denise. M.
First we want to boost the immune system by addressing any nutritional deficiencies through healthy eating and nutritional support. In addition, we may look for things that may be compromising the immune system such as food sensitivities or allergies, heavy metal toxicity, and environmental toxins.
IV Therapy can be very helpful for supporting the body because it allows for an infusion of vitamins and minerals that may not be properly utilized in a compromised digestive system and which has the ability to directly into the bloodstream and cells where they are most needed.
Ozone Therapy works to increase the amount of oxygen in the body which can kill viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens. It also improves the activity of the white blood cells, detoxifies the liver, and has many other healing effects, all of which contribute to less frequent colds and flus. In fact at LifeWorks we can put ozone in the ear canal which helps with any type of infection in the sinuses.