The “5th” Season

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter are all seasons of the year. Recently, a 5th season was added. Did you know that? Neither did I. Apparently the 5th season is a very special season, it is also a ‘rotating’ season depending on the time of year.  In the Spring and Fall we have “Allergy” season, and in the Fall and Winter we have “Cold and Flu” season.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases each year people in the United States will get 1 billion colds. But feeling sick isn’t the only thing that happens. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 22 million school days will be lost each year due to colds. And as most parents know, when kids miss school, parents miss work.

Will you be one of the 1 billion colds? Will your children miss school this year too, forcing you to miss work?


The “COLD” Hard Facts about Colds
It’s estimated that there are 200 viruses out there that can cause colds. And despite what many people think (and your grandma may have told you), there’s no evidence that cold weather, large tonsils or other such old wives tales can make you get a cold. Evidence does suggest that stress and having allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold.

Colds are caused by viruses such as the rhinovirus, the coronavirus, and more. These germs take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If your body is weak or unable to resist the germs you get sick. Colds generally last from about two days to two weeks.

Cold Symptoms
We all know what a cold feels like; runny nose, stuffy head, low grade fever, sore throat, cough, headache. If you have these symptoms it’s most likely that you have a cold. Although treatment of colds is a topic of controversy, there are preventative steps you can take to not get a cold in the first place!

Here are 5 Steps to Beat a Cold or Flu
1. Eat Real Food and Cut out the Sugar
What I mean by real food is food that is most natural, found in nature with the least amount of processing involved before it reaches your table. I’m talking fresh or frozen (preferably fresh) fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and antibiotic free meats.

Sugar is one of the worst things to consume, especially if you’re trying to stay healthy – and who isn’t? Sugars weaken the immune system and help bacteria to grow. Avoiding sugars is key to staying healthy, particularly when you’re under stress or in the middle of cold and flu season.

2. Exercise
Although when you think of preventing a cold you don’t necessarily think ‘I’d better exercise if I don’t want to get sick,’ this is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and stay healthy during cold and flu season.

According to researcher Michael Flynn who studies the impact of exercise on the immune system at Purdue University, thirty minutes of exercise, three or four times a week, is the best way to boost your immune system. Any more will actually begin to have the reverse effect.

3. Sleep
Now this old wives tale still holds true today. When you’re sick you need to get plenty of rest, but you can’t really ‘catch up’ on sleep or makeup for weeks or months of too little sleep.

Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is key to maintaining good health. Studies show that lack of sleep is associated with health problems and the inability to lose weight. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch one adverse effect of not getting enough sleep is a compromised immune system.

4. Stress LESS
There’s nothing like stress to bring on all sorts of physical ailments including colds and flu’s. According to Laurel Mellin, associate professor at the University of California in San Francisco, 80% of health problems are stress induced.

5. Get Adjusted
The nervous system controls and coordinates every others system in our body even your immune system. So, when a nerve interference is interrupting your nervous system from functioning properly, your not going to be 100% healthy. Gentle, specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments correct the cause of your health condition, allowing your body to heal and recover over time.

No one wants to come down with a cold or the flu anytime. When you take the above seven steps to stay healthy you’ll not only beat colds and flu’s, you’ll be protecting your body from other more serious chronic diseases that could really compromise your health down the road.

Until Then-
Walk in Excellence, Conviction and Comfort with a total spirit of Love

-Dr. Erica



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