Fall has arrived and with it comes damp dark weather…and cold and flu season! Before you reach for the Nyquil or Neo-Citron, consider a more natural approach. Such products simply mask the symptoms and tax our already weekend immune system with added sugars and preservatives.

The first step to take when someone in your home has fallen ill is to clean! Studies have shown that viral infections are spread much faster through direct contact so wash all linens, sheets, bedding, towels and pajamas (just because you are sick doesn’t mean you can’t have clean fresh PJ’s!). Everyone in the house should be washing their hands frequently and do not share cutlery of other dining utensils.

The following is a simple list of things that can be done to shorten the duration of an illness:
1)    Drink plenty of water. Not only is important to stay hydrated when you are sick, but water also helps flush out toxins and promote a healthy immune system. Avoid coffee, tea, and soda. Limit your fresh juice intake, as your body does not need the extra sugar content at this time.

2)    Eat light meals. When we are sick our appetite generally goes down and this is a natural response the body uses to conserve energy for fighting off the pathogen (virus or bacteria). Eat small, but regular meals with a focus on organic whole foods. Avoid dairy, as it will produce more mucus.

3)    Rest as soon as possible. Ignoring the warning signs from your body and working through an illness will simply allow the pathogen multiply in your system… and spread the germs to your co-workers! At the onset of symptoms such as sore throat or fever the best thing to do is rest. If this means missing 1 day of work it is better than 3 days later on.

4)    Stock up on health supplements that can give your immune system the support it needs. Be sure to buy quality products with the purest ingredients. We offer a fully stocked dispensary here at Bellevue and our Office Manager Kami is happy to help you find the best product for you and your family.

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