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Influenza


About
Also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat, and lungs).


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Antibiotics will not fight against viral infections.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Gastroenteritis or better known as the stomach flu is not Influenza.
  • Thyroid malfunctions in children can result in having the flu frequently.


Advice
  • A fever is the body's way of killing off the flu. Do not suppress the fever unless it exceeds 103 degrees.
  • Children with the flu never give them aspirin.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • If you have a fever do not take iron.
  • Need to sleep and rest.
  • Never use aspirin irritates themucous membranes.
  • Sip on hot chicken or turkey soup.
  • The flu in transferred by hands always wash and dry your hands and keep them away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Throw away your toothbrush.
  • When taking zinc do mix it with citrus juice.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin A
Importance: Very High
Comments: Antioxidant. Stimulates immune system.
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Beta carotene
Importance: Very High
Comments: Forerunner of vitamin A.
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Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Forerunner of vitamin A.
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Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances immune system. Boosts white blood cell production. Buffered vitamin C or calcium ascorbate is recommended when giving to children.
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Zinc
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healthy cells.
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Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in tissue reconstruction. Manages fever. Easy for the body to use.
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Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Combats viruses and bacteria.
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L-lysine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Fights viral infections. Protects against cold sore outbreaks. Caution: Use lysine no longer than 6 months at a time.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Astragalus, Black Cherry, Echinacea, Ginger, Goldenseal, Pau d'arco, Slippery Elm, and Yarrow Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: These eight herbs all combine properties that are beneficial in treating influenza. Can add peppermint tea in any of these eight teas and it is believed this will clear the nasal passages making breathing easier. Echinacea is mild enough to use on children.
Cautions: Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma. If allergic to ragweed, use Goldenseal with caution.
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Boneset
Type: Internal
Purposes: Is an excellent expectorant that clears mucus from the lungs.
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Catnip Tea and Lobelia Tincture
Type: Internal
Purposes: Combining Catnip Tea, and Lobelia and making into a tea or taking as an extract has proven beneficial for reducing fevers. Lobelia can be taken alone by taking 1/2 tsp of extract or tincture every three to four hours until the fever is gone. Should this cause an upset stomach, cut back to 1/4 tsp. This is mild enough to use on children.
Cautions: Lobelia is not to be taken on an ongoing basis. Do not use this mixture if you are pregnant or lactating. Do not give to children under one year of age.
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Cat's Claw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Taking cat's claw may help to reduce the time you have the flu. Cold-X10 from Olympian Labs is a contains cat's claw and other nutrients that help to treat flu and colds.
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Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cayenne powder can be added to soups and foods. It is an effective expectorant and has been used to breakup mucus buildup in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Ginger is beneficial in the treatment of the flu.
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ClearLungs from RidgeCrest Herbals
Type: Internal
Purposes: ClearLungs from RidgeCrest Herbals is an all natural Chinese herbal remedy that combines13 herbal ingredients plus homeopathic extracts. This formula provides temporary relief of congestion and supports clear breathing. This herb is sold with Ephedra and without. Both are effective.

Cordyceps
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cordyceps is a herb used for centuries in China. It stimulates and supports the immune system, enhances the natural antioxidant systems in the body, improves kidney, liver, and lung functioning. Cordyceps improves blood flow to the kidneys, liver and lungs, thus enhancing their activity and ability to fight diseases.
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Echinacea and Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs support the immune system and exhibits natural antibiotic properties. These herbs are thought to relieve congestion and boost the body's own defenses into action.
Dosage: Take 4-6 drops in liquid or under tongue, 1-3 times/day when symptom begin.
Cautions: Do not use for more than 1 week at a time.
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Elderberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains antiviral properties that aid in the reduction of flu symptoms.
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Ephedra (ma huang)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Useful in treating flu symptoms.
Cautions: Do not use this herb if you have any of the following: anxiety, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia or if you are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug.

Eucalyptus
Type: Internal
Purposes: Inhaling Eucalyptus vapors opens bronchial tubes in the lungs, relieving congestion. To prepare the steam vapors do the following: boil a quart of water and remove from pan from the stove. Add 6 to 8 drops of Eucalyptus extract to the boiled water. Lean over this preparation with the towel over your head and breathe deeply through the nose, then hold your breath as long as possible.
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Fenugreek and Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: These two herbs work together well, Fenugreek breaks up congestion while Slippery Elm expels the mucus and phlegm from the body.
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Fenu-Thyme from Nature's Way
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb clears the nasal passage and sinuses of mucus by thinning it making it easier to expel. Healing will be faster as this herb does not dry up the mucus.
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Lung Complex
Type: Internal
Purposes: This formula is made up to specifically protect the lungs.

Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi Mushrooms
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contain beta1,3-D-glucan that boosts the immune cells and makes them beneficial for treating the flu.
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Olive Leaf
Type: Internal
Purposes: Boosts the immune system so that it fights infections which includes the flu virus.
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Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: Make a potion with this herb by dropping 1 tablespoon of slippery elm bark powder into 1 cup of boiling water and 1/2 cup honey. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture very three to four hours as needed to relieve sore throat. If you prefer you can take this cold instead of hot.
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