Cold & Flu Prevention

Cold & Flu Prevention

It’s that time of year again, back to school and back to routine. We are also entering the cold and flu season, although for some families the sniffling has already started. On average, an adult contracts a common cold virus approximately 2-4 times per year, a school aged child approximately six times, and an infant as many as eight times per year. It is estimated that 40% of time lost from work and 30% of school absences are due to the common cold. 

Certain nutrients have been shown to not only prevent colds but also reduce the length and severity of the symptoms experienced. Some of these immune boosting nutrients include: 

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Tips for preventing the spread of colds and flus

Tips for preventing the spread of colds and flus

There are hundreds of different viruses that can cause the common cold but the most common are from the rhinovirus family. The virus spreads through tiny droplets during coughing, sneezing, and nose-blowing. 

This list provides more ways to protect yourself and prevent the spreading the virus to your friends and family:

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Five tips to avoid exhaustion and low mood postpartum

Five tips to avoid exhaustion and low mood postpartum

The period after delivery is often considered the “fourth trimester", lasting between 30 days and three months. There are a number of changes that occur in a woman’s body during this time including many hormones fluctuations, including estrogen levels dropping approximately 300%. This hormonal shift generally takes an average of 10 days to balance out.  With the hormone changes that occur post-pregnancy coupled with sleep deprivation, adapting to the demands of a newborn, and so many other requirements, it is normal for a new mom or even a seasoned mom to have multiple changes in mood over the course of a day. After the much anticipated arrival of the new baby and the excitement of birth, it may come as a surprise for new moms to experience emotions such as sadness and anxiety. 

Here are five general recommendations for treating low mood after delivery: 
 

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About ear infections in babies and children (what parents should know)

About ear infections in babies and children (what parents should know)

As we are still in the cold & flu season, I thought it might be a good time to discuss ear infections. These painful infections are common for some children following an upper respiratory infection. Middle ear infections, medically known as Acute Otitis Media, are most common among children ages 6-36 months. Some children will grow out of...

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