When it comes to cold and flu, it's safe to say that the best-ever cure is prevention. That being said, it's never a bad idea to be prepared with a handful of effective all-natural remedies at all times. After all, you never know when sickness is going to strike you!
Below are my four favourite essential oils to use to fight off infection during the cold winter months. They're simply amazing at... ››› more
Flu shots can reduce your risk of contracting influenza, but they're by no means fool-proof. In fact, they're quite the hit-and-miss proposition - according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, last season's version of the flu shot had an effectiveness rate of just 42%.
Fortunately, there are many other things you can do to reduce your risk of catching, or spreading, the flu this ... ››› more
Acid reflux, which occurs when acid or other stomach contents back up in the oesophagus, which affects about 60 million people in the United States. The statistics for South Africa aren't far behind…
Many people who suffer from acid reflux rely on medications to treat it. However, a mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief from the condition similar to widely used medications, according to a... ››› more
Millions of people around the world take probiotics to improve their digestive health. If this includes you, good news - probiotics can also help protect against variations of influenza A virus, according to a Georgia State University study.
Influenza A virus infects humans, birds and pigs and has many subtypes based on hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) proteins on the surface of the vi... ››› more
A growing body of research suggests that the Mediterranean diet - which emphasises fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and olive oil while limiting refined carbohydrate and red meat - offers a ton of health benefits, from boosted brain health to reduced risk of heart disease.
Now, new research has found that this eating plan also helps with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - perhaps... ››› more
For some people, winter is nothing but a long, troubling allergy season. If you're one of those people, don't stress - you don't have to knock yourself out with over-the-counter medication to keep your seasonal allergies at bay!
In fact, there are many ways to beat your seasonal allergies this season and enjoy the new season ahead. Try these top five natural allergy-busting tips!
Five natura... ››› more
If you're an asthmatic, you've probably wondered why it is that when you get the flu, your symptoms are so bad. Well, a University of Southampton has the answer...
According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, people with asthma are likely to suffer worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems. For more on this stu... ››› more
Traditional soup may be considered the epitome of comfort food, but we've made a few changes that take chicken soup to the next level!
If you're on the sick list, this soothing chicken soup made with immune-boosting ingredients like lemongrass and ginger is perfect for you. It's nourishing, healing, fights congestion and keeps you hydrated.
And the best part? It only takes 30 minutes to whi... ››› more
You went for your annual flu shot this year but have ended up with the flu. Now, you're drinking orange juice like it's going out of fashion, sucking on zinc lozenges like they're candy and wondering if vitamin D and echinacea really work.
Can you relate to this? If so, you're probably very frustrated! But here's a little secret: When it comes to kicking the flu, it's all in the details. If you... ››› more
Prevention is better than cure, but sometimes the inevitable happens. When you're tired and run down and the flu epidemic is doing its round, it can take you down with it!
If you've caught the flu, don't worry - there are a few steps you can take to deal with it straight away. First, you must surrender - call in sick, climb into bed and get ready to rest up. Then, you must do the following...
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