Winter is coming, the holidays are near and that usually means cold and flu season isn't far off. It is key to focus on prevention. It seems like the flu is spreading as per usual here in Whistler, as patients, friends and family try to fight the yearly viral battle. Regardless of where you live, there are some universal things to consider to avoid the flu.
Before we can prevent it, we need to know what the flu is.
What is the flu?
The flu is caused by the influenza A or B virus. It occurs in the same percentages for both men and women. It is more common in kids than adults. This is because as we get older and have gone through battles with the flu, we build up an immunity to the various strains of the flu. Kids, on the other hand, have a very new immune system so they don't have the same acquired immunity to prevent the various types of flu. Since they haven't had the exposure to build up an immunity, they are more prone to the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
We've all felt the sudden onset of headache, fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, fatigue, and foggy mind. If you haven't, well then you my friend are superman or superwoman. These symptoms are usually a case of your common flu.
How do we prevent it from happening in the first place?
These strategies are always a great step to preventing the flu throughout the year.
If it's too late and you already have the flu, talk to your naturopathic doctor. They can help support your immune system and minimize your symptoms to get you feeling great again and have you back on the mountain!
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There's no need to go out and buy those super sugary, highly salty sport drinks. You can make your own at home for dirt cheap and it honestly tastes better, and is better for you.
This one is super simple. I can't take credit for this recipe, it was passed on to me by my wise supervisors while in med school.
This recipe is for 1 litre of water. You can adjust the scale to make as much or as little as possible. I suggest making a big batch to keep in the fridge on standby.
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Updated May 31 2015
Now that the snow has melted, the sun is out, temperatures are rising, moods are happier and people are spending more time outside. But for some, there's an ugly side to the coming of spring....the return of allergy season.
For those of you that are familiar with allergies, you know the classic symptoms all too well:
On top of the above mentioned approaches, naturopathic doctors offer specifically tailored plans to help you with your specific allergy symptoms. These plans may consist of botanicals, acupuncture, homeopathics, and supplements. There are many options to help you minimize these symptoms. These approaches can help curb the intensity of your allergy symptoms and get you back out enjoying your day.
Consult with your healthcare provider for your best treatment and prevention options.
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC