It's fall and winter season! This means it is time to take out the sweaters, scarves, beanies, and boots to keep you nice and warm. But, Achoo! You're sneezing, coughing; you have a sore throat, runny nose, and watery eyes. You thought that by keeping warm you wouldn't get the common cold. According to Phyllis A. Balch, cold weather does not cause the colds; it's just that cold viruses tend to flourish in colder temperatures, when there is less mugginess in the atmosphere. 

The common cold is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. It takes about eighteen to twenty four hours, after the virus enters the body, to begin feeling the symptoms and 2-10 days for most colds to clear up. According to Gallup, Hispanics were most likely across races and ethnicities to report having colds and the flu in February. Fortunately, you are able to prevent the cold virus from infecting your lungs, so you can enjoy the fall and winter season by taking Natura-Genics® Polybiotic™. This supplement has been specifically formulated to keep the immune system strong and alert, with ingredients such as vitamin C, golden seal root, pau d' arco, and echinacea. You may also combine this product with Selenium Plus, which offers a fine combination of selenium, vitamin E, spinach, and cabbage. Together these elements are considered powerful antioxidants to help protect your immune system. Natura-Genics® Vitamin C is another great option because it contains Bioflavonoids and Rose Hips. It has been widely accepted for fighting cold viruses.

Influenza (Flu) is another viral infection of the respiratory system. It enters the body's airways through mucous membranes in the nose, eyes, or mouth. The symptoms are the same as the common cold as well as body aches, fatigue, headaches, hot and cold sweats, and phlegm. According to Maria Canals, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 9.5 million Hispanic-Americans will get the flu within a year. The factors that contribute to why so many Hispanic Americans are getting or will be getting the flu, has to due with low income, and no health insurance. Natura-Genics® has a solution for the flu. Opti-Pulmo contains properties such as mullein, thyme, echinacea purpurea, garlic, rose hips, and other ingredients which are known to reduce respiratory infection. 

Tis the season to be jolly! Make sure you keep warm, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and consume the recommended nutrients. 

References: Balch, P. A. (2010). Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Canada: Penguin Group. Brown, A. (2012, 04 15). U.S. Has Typical Flu and Cold Season, Despite Warmer Winter. Retrieved 10 21, 2012, from Gallup well being  http://www.gallup.com/poll/153767/typical-flu-cold-season-despite-warmer-winter.aspx Nolasco, S. (2012, 10 11). 'Wizards of Waverly' Maria Canals Encourages Latinos to Get Flu Shot. Retrieved 10 21, 2012, from Fox News Latino: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2012/10/11/wizards-waverly-maria-canals-encourages-latinos-to-get-flu-shot/

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