Flu season is well underway with the start of autumn and, while temperatures are steadily declining, the incidence of flu and other respiratory conditions are surely rising…
Where there is winter, there is flu. Reference to the original full name of influenza in Italian, influenza di freddo, translates into the ‘’influence of the cold’’. Anyone who is at risk of developing colds and flu, can fall ill at any time of the year, however the peak season for these infections is usually during winter.
Studies have shown that influenza viruses survive on low relative humidity and cold temperatures. The virus remains more stable, and survives in the colder, dryer air longer than in warm, humid conditions, and can more easily invade our bodies.
Although colds and flu are terms often used interchangeably, and share a similar symptom picture, they are quite different conditions. Flu is short for influenza, and is caused by a group of viruses, known as the influenza virus, of which multiple different strains exist. More strains of viruses result as the virus mutates and changes. Symptoms of flu usually come on more quickly, and are usually more severe than that of colds, with symptoms such as fever, nausea, muscle aches and a cough being typical of the flu.
The flu is a viral respiratory illness, which is highly contagious
The time during which flu can be spread, is one day before symptoms even appear in the carrier, and up to seven days after the symptoms begin. Influenza is typically spread via the droplets expelled in the coughs and sneezes of an infected person.
A cold is a milder respiratory illness that usually lasts only a few days and is overcome fairly easily
A sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and even a cough may accompany a cold. Cold symptoms usually last a week or so, and it is only during the first few days of the cold that you may be contagious with the possibility of passing germs onto others. The best prescription for a cold is to stay at home and get some much needed rest.
Unfortunately flu can develop into more serious respiratory illnesses like bronchitis. Bronchitis is particularly important as the recurrence of bronchitis has greatly increased, and more of a concern is the development of bronchitis into pneumonia.
We can’t unfortunately erase our seasonal cold months, but we can set up our best defence!
Strengthening our immune systems is the best way to stay healthy and strong in winter. Ginsana® has been clinically shown to support immune system functioning, and improves the resistance of the immune system in response to pathogens.
The standardised extract of Panax ginseng, G115, (containing the optimal amount of active compounds required to enhance immune system functioning, namely 4mg ginsenosides) contained in Ginsana® ® has been tested for more than 40 years in numerous clinical and preclinical trials.
Ginsana® has been shown to:
- strengthen immune functioning and response by stimulating the production immune cell subsets, involved in fighting infective agents and keeping us healthy
- increase antibodies (white blood cells protective against infective agents)
- reduce bacterial counts
- reduce the risk of catching colds and flus threefold
- reduce the duration and severity of colds and influenza
- potentiate the effect of the influenza vaccine
- reduce bacterial counts, and speed up recovery in acute exacerbations of bronchitis
- strengthen respiratory muscles and overall functioning
Additionally Ginsana® improves energy levels, on a cellular level, which is important as when we fall ill the body makes provision to provide the immune system with much needed ATP in order to overcome the ill-causing germs.
Approaching, and throughout change of seasons and winter effective hygiene and other preventative measures should be practised to maintain health, prevent contracting flu and, should you fall sick, strengthen your immune defence!
You may want to include Ginsana® as part of your daily medicine intake! Two capsules a day may keep the germs away!
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