In the United States, Cold & Flu Season peaks throughout Fall and Winter. Cases of the flu tend to rise in October, and surge from December through March. Common colds begin as early as August and last through April.
Why Do We Get More Sick in Winter?
We tend to get sicker in the Winter because viruses thrive in cold weather, and our immune systems are more compromised. Studies have found that cold weather itself does not cause colds or the flu. In reality, cold and flu viruses flourish and can replicate easier in cooler temperatures when there is less mugginess. Cold, dry air also affects the respiratory system, making us more susceptible to viruses in the Winter months. We usually spend more time indoors in the Winter, making it easier to pass illnesses to one another. Also, our Vitamin D production decreases in Wintertime, which can weaken our immune system.
The Common Cold
The common cold is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. It takes about 18-24 hours after the virus enters the body to begin feeling the symptoms and 2-10 days for most colds to clear up. Colds are pretty mild and usually don’t cause any health complications.
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. Some flu symptoms are similar to those of a common cold; however, symptoms may be more severe and can lead to health complications. High-risk groups include young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems or chronic diseases.
Why are Hispanics Prone to Getting Sick?
Unfortunately, wearing a sweater outside when it’s chilly or not walking around barefoot doesn’t protect us against viruses and getting sick. This is a common myth in Hispanic culture. A recent CDC study identified racial and ethnic disparities in severe flu-related outcomes throughout flu seasons. The study found that flu-associated hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and in-hospital death rates were much higher in Hispanics than non-Hispanic Whites.
Studies have found that people living in high-poverty areas were at higher risk of getting the flu and developing health complications. This suggests that socioeconomics may be a factor in flu-related difficulties. Hispanic people tend to be more exposed to viruses because of their jobs which commonly include public transportation and public interaction. Crowded living conditions are also common among Hispanics, which increases exposure to viruses and makes it easier for multiple individuals to get sick with a cold or the flu. Lastly, many Hispanics do not have appropriate health insurance and are more reluctant to get a flu shot than other ethnic groups.
Time to Boost Your Immune System!
Having a strong immune system is vital in preventing illness. Natura-Genics® offers some great supplements that promote a boost to your immune system.
Vitamin C+™ with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips is a combination of vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and rose hips which together promote great immune-boosting properties. Vitamin C is a common go-to for immune system reinforcement and assisting the body fight off infection and avoiding complications.
Polybiotic™ contains vitamin C, pau d’ arco, grapefruit seed extract, echinacea, and golden seal. Echinacea and golden seal are jam-packed with immune-boosting properties and are believed to promote reduced duration of the common cold and flu and promote decreased severity of symptoms.
Zinc is a mineral that plays a critical role in the development of immune cells. It contains copper since zinc may lower the amount of copper the body absorbs. Spinach is also included and contains antioxidants that also promote immune health.
Immune T-Cells™ is a combination of important antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and bovine thymus extract all of which support the body against infection and promote a stronger immune system and immune response.
Shop immune support supplements here and get ready to take on this flu season!
Additional Tips to Stay Healthy this Cold & Flu Season
- Wash hands regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat nutritious meals
- Find healthy ways to relieve stress
- Keep surfaces clean
- Keep your gut healthy with probiotics
- Stock up on immune-boosting supplements
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available
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Health Hispanica® is a Hispanic-American health store specializing in supplements from Hispanic-American-owned brands such as Natura-Genics® and Yerba Farma®. We strive to provide quality and innovative supplements at fair prices and educate our clients and community on healthy living.
The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.