The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract (nasal passages, sinuses, and throat), most generally when a person's immune system is weak. Children are at increased risk for catching colds and flu because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Most people get one or two colds per year, and they are self-limiting from 7 to 10 days. Symptoms include head congestion and headache, fever and watery eyes, cough and sneezing, as well as general malaise, aches and pains. These symptoms are similar to symptoms of allergies except for the fact that allergies do not cause fevers or infections. Sometimes a cold may lead to more serious conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or flu. Because the common cold and the flu are caused by viruses, prescription antibiotics cannot cure the common cold or flu. The flu differs from a cold because it occurs in epidemics and flu symptoms are more severe.
The health of the immune system plays an important part in your susceptibility to colds and flu. Keeping your immune system in good shape with a healthy lifestyle includes a program of proper nutrition, exercise, stress-management, good sleep, as well as avoiding harmful chemicals and pollutants such as tobacco Avoid excess amounts of alcohol and sugar which can impair the immune system.
Boosting a weakened immune system may help to prevent the catching of a cold or the flu. Nutrients and herbs that aid the enhancement of the immune system include echinacea, ginseng, arginine, zinc, selenium, as well as the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. If you catch a cold or the flu it is especially helpful to continue to take vitamin C, zinc (especially in lozenge form), and echinacea. Elderberry, beta 1,3 glucan, colostrum, and astragalus are also helpful. Optimal nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, combined with proper supplementation are all important in bolstering a strong immunity and thus preventing colds and flu.
|Our Pharmacist's and Naturopath's Supplement Recommendations:|
The following products are recommended by licensed pharmacists and naturopaths who have specialised in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
If you are currently taking medications or other dietary supplements, we highly recommend you ask your Pharmacist or Doctor for additional guidance.
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These products are either of a higher potency or efficacy. Practitioner products in Australia are prescribed by either doctors or naturopaths and usually have higher doses based on the latest in research and development. By purchasing this item you certify that you are under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner who can direct your proper use of these items.
|ArmaForce is a comprehensive formula combining the herbal and nutritional ingredients Andrographis, Echinacea, Olive leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc.
It has been scientifically formulated to provide relief of symptoms and decrease the duration of upper respiratory tract infections, bronchial cough and colds.
ArmaForce supplies nutritional support for healthy immune function.
|Daily intake of a high-quality complete vitamin and mineral supplement guarantees us all the optimal nutrients that may be lacking in our foods. Vitamins and minerals are part of the necessary building-blocks for the body. Without them, degenerative conditions and illness may develop that undermine our good health. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a daily dose of optimal nutrients helps to ensure that we have plenty of energy and a vital life. Multi Essentials provides maximal levels of the most critical nutrients necessary for vibrant health. This potent daily multivitamin and mineral supplement establishes a foundation for optimal nutrition. Formulated to provide a comprehensive range of nutrients, including a high ratio of B vitamins, antioxidants and a broad mineral base including Chromium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Boron.|
|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support.|
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
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