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Traveling During Cold & Flu Season? 10 Tips to Help Protect and Strengthen Your Immune System.

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If you’re traveling and managing a busier schedule during the upcoming cold and flu season, getting sick may feel inevitable. While holidays and end of year events crowd the calendar, this could mean you’re constantly: 

  • Changing your sleep, live, and working environments
  • Adjusting/forgoing your daily healthy routines and eating habits
  • In physical contact with far more objects that many others have touched

While we have a few tried and true routines that help us protect against a cold in the home or office, it’s less common to have such protection during travel, which can be even more hazardous to  your immune system.

Falling ill have to be your fate! Here are a few best practices and precautions you can work into your travel plans that may be able to help you dodge the sniffles that can drag you down. Continue reading

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Think You’re Done with Cold & Flu Season? Not so fast

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While you are more susceptible to getting a cold or flu during the peak months (December – March), a weakened immune system can and does happen year round. Common causes of catching a cold or flu include:

  • Through your mouth, eyes or nose, since the virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • Hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold
  • Sharing contaminated objects, such as phones, utensils, towels, or toys
  • Touching your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure

Don’t let prevention be put on the back burner simply because you’re not sick. When you are sick you do everything you can to try to get better, but the easiest way to get better is not get sick!

For many their prevention plan consists of any or all of:
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Cold Prevention: Do Vitamin C Supplements Actually Work?

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With the onset of winter, we may reach for cold remedies and vitamin C supplements to boost the immune system and avoid catching a virus. But, do they work?

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

5 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

You’ve heard it before – the “cold that’s going around” that seems to manifest overnight in the workplace. Add in door knobs, community break room appliances, open office work spaces and the seemingly unavoidable bathroom door handle, and you’ve got yourself a gauntlet of opportunities that can wreak havoc on your body. The only thing worse than the gauntlet? Going through it without armor. That’s right – we’re talking about a weak immune system. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Guest Post: Should You Get Your Thyroid Tested?

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One of the growing epidemics in the U.S. is a disease called hypothyroidism. The thyroid is an organ that influences and inevitably controls every aspect of our being. In light of its critical role, it may come as a shock that as many as 50% of the more than 25 million people with thyroid problems remain undiagnosed.

The word “thyroid” comes from the ancient Greeks and appropriately means, “shield.” The thyroid gland not only shields the body from wearing down from stress and disease, but also serves as the major catalyst for stimulating energy, muscle growth, and a clear and sharp brain. A poorly functioning thyroid, for example, will interfere with exercise by either eliminating the possibility of building muscle or causing you to cancel your workouts altogether. As for keeping off the pounds, despite hours in the gym and low caloric intake, the body will be unable to lose weight. Even under otherwise ideal performance, the body will not be able to burn fat when the thyroid slows down. All in all, how the thyroid functions either makes or breaks performance in all areas of your life.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Fighting the Flu

iStock_000013360379XSmallWellness is about so much more than nutrition and exercise. It’s about taking care of yourself by getting enough sleep, monitoring your stress, and being aware of the different diseases that can attack your body. That’s why WellnessFX wants you to be as prepared for this flu season as possible, because it’s a rough one!

Compared to recent years the 2012-2013 influenza season began relatively early. In fact, by January 11, it seemed to be full blown across most of the US.

Scary, huh? It’s even scarier if you aren’t prepared. What is the flu? How do I avoid it? When do I know if I need to go to the doctor? These are the types of questions you should be asking.

What Is The Flu?

According to the CDC, “influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.”

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.