Friday, June 23, 2017
   
Text Size
Error
  • XML Parsing Error at 2:26. Error 7: mismatched tag

Influenza viruses, Do flu vaccines really work?

News - Health Articles

Today the CDC announced that the newest strain of flu, identified as H1N1, demonstrates different characteristics from previous influenza viruses. Their prediction? This year's flu season will be year round instead of clustered in one season, and the virus will disproportionally affect young people rather than the typical flu virus, which normally affects the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems more so than the young and fit.

 

Why flu vaccines rarely work

Influenza vaccines are created months in advance of whatever current virus strain is making its way around the office, school, or home. Scientists isolate the most likely viral strain and create vaccines based on that strain.

Viruses, however, don't always cooperate. Although researchers do their best to guess accurately, viruses can mutate or a different type of virus can become the season's flu epidemic. And that's why flu shots or influenza vaccines rarely work. They can build immunity to only the virus for which they are intended. If a person vaccinated against the flu encounters a different strain, the vaccine is useless. Should you get a flu shot? Only a physician can advise if you need a flu shot or not.

 

Alternative remedies and holistic medicine to boost the immune system

The best defense against influenza and the common cold is a strong immune system. Every day, people encounter millions of virus and bacteria. A strong immune system recognizes the invaders and destroys or neutralizes them before they can multiply and make a person sick.

Most of the following natural remedies work best before symptom onset. They help to prevent a virus such as the flu from taking over. At the first sign of a cold or flu, the best remedy is to tuck into bed with a cup of tea or chicken noodle soup and silly movies.  If symptoms include a fever over 104 degrees, severe vomitting, or anything that seems out of the ordinary, see a physician immediately.  Whatever you do, stay home from school or work - everyone will be grateful.

Natural methods to boost the immune system include:

  • Changes in diet to minimize white sugar consumption. Numerous laboratory experiments demonstrate reduced T cell function after ingesting sugar. This effect lasts several hours. The T cells are your body's soldiers against invading virus. White sugar, sugary foods and beverages appear to make the T cells weak or ineffective.
  • Get adequate sleep. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Don't skimp on sleep. It's the body's time to refresh and renew.
  • Wash hands frequently. Plain old soap and warm water is just fine to wash away virus and other microbes.
  • Herbs to boost the immune system include echinacea.  Echinacea can be taken as a tincture or pill.  Do not use echinacea if you have an autoimmune disease or a compromised immune system.
  • At the first sign of sniffle or cold, use an herbal remedy such as slippery elm lozenges (available at stores in the Norfolk area such as Whole Foods) or zinc, echinacea and vitamin C lozenges.
  • Vitamins such as vitamin C may boost immune system response.

 

Before taking herbal supplements, consult an herbalist, naturopath or someone well versed in the proper dose and use of herbs. And if you have any medical condition, are pregnant, nursing or may be pregnant, don't take herbal remedies unless under the direction of a doctor or naturopathic physician

Write comment
Your Contact Details:
 
Comment:
[b] [i] [u] [url] [quote] [code] [img]   
:angry::0:confused::cheer:B):evil::silly::dry::lol::kiss::D:pinch:
:(:shock::X:side::):P:unsure::woohoo::huh::whistle:;):s
:!::?::idea::arrow:
Security Please input the anti-spam code that you can read in the image.

!joomlacomment 4.0 Copyright (C) 2009 Compojoom.com . All rights reserved."

Supplement Learning Center

All i can say is that this is the best pre work out supplement on the market , here is a picture of the product

and as endurance, mental focus, and pump , excellent results .

 if you ride , run, swim, train, etc this is what you need to get that extra boost

 

 

Creatine Supplements...

So, what is creatine? Our bodies naturally make the compound, which is used to supply energy to our muscles. It is produced in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, and is transported to the body's muscles through the bloodstream. Once it reaches the muscles, it is converted into phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate). This high-powered metabolite is used to regenerate the muscles' ultimate energy source, ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
 
Unlike steroids or drugs, creatine is 100% natural and occurs naturally in many foods; therefore, it can never be banned from any sports or international competitions (unless they banned eating meat). Many foods especially herring, salmon, tuna, and beef contain some creatine. However, the very best source of creatine by far is creatine monohydrate because it contains more creatine per weight of material than any other source. Bodybuilding.com sells only high quality 99.9% pure pharmaceutical-grade creatine monohydrate.

Nitric Oxide Supplements

1. What is it and where does it come from?
Nitric Oxide is a free form gas that is produced in the body and is used by the body to communicate with other cells in the body. To produce this gas, enzymes in the body break down the amino acid Arginine.

Nitric Oxide is a molecule consisting of one atom of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen. The production of Nitric Oxide occurs when the amino acid L-arginine is converted into L-citruline through an enzyme group known as Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS). The chemical process of conversion is shown in figure 1.

 

Protein Supplements...

High protein diets, like Atkins Diet and South Beach, continue to gain in popularity among many dieters. Some athletes even use these diets and find they lose weight. Depending upon the type of athlete you are and what sort of sport you play, you might want to question the role of the high protein eating plan. Athletes should realize that much of the weight lost on these diets is a result of a decrease in total calories and the water loss that occurs with muscle glycogen depletion. If you perform high intensity or endurance training you probably know that glycogen depletion is one of the reasons athletes 'bonk' or 'hit the wall' in endurance competition. Without enough easy to access energy, in the form of glycogen, we simply run out of fuel.

 

Local Weather

°F | °C
invalid location provided

Top Headlines

  • 1

Todays Poll

What's Your Favorite Supplement?