Colds & Flu

Colds & Flu

Colds can be caused by any of a large number of viral infections, and normally last 7-10 days. On the other hand, flu is caused by one of the Influenza group of viruses, and tends to last longer than a cold.


  • Cold symptoms include:
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • General tiredness
  • Mild fever
  • Aching muscles
  • Flu is generally characterised by the following symptoms:
  • High fever
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Aching back, arms and legs


  • As both colds and flu are viral, they are commonly spread through people sneezing or Coughing
  • Depleted Immunity may increase susceptibility to colds and flu by allowing infections to take hold more easily, or extending the time it takes to recover

Nutritional & Herbal Support

  • Echinacea has been scientifically proven to support Immunity, and may help reduce the severity and duration of infections. It is specifically indicated for individuals suffering from repeated bouts of colds, flu, Bronchitis, Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
  • Vitamin C supports Immunity, and can help reduce the severity and duration of respiratory tract infections. It is best taken with bioflavonoids, which enhance the absorption and utilisation of vitamin C
  • Zinc has many roles in the immune system, and inadequate intake may lower resistance to infection.
  • Vitamin A is important for the healthy functioning of the respiratory mucous membranes. Cod and halibut liver oils are naturally rich sources of vitamin A
  • For children susceptible to recurrent respiratory tract infections, a multivitamin is that's been specially formulated with vitamins and minerals to promote Immune support is recommended. Look for a product combining a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Rest when you need to, eat regular small meals, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices. This will ensure you are getting plenty of vitamin C, betacarotene (some of which is converted into vitamin A in the body) and bioflavonoids
  • Many natural therapists recommend avoiding dairy products when you have respiratory infections, believing that they encourage the airways to produce mucus. Even though this advice is controversial, it's worthwhile trying; many sufferers report that avoiding dairy foods helps manage their symptoms
  • Steam inhalations or the use of a humidifier can help break up respiratory mucus and make it easier to expel; eucalyptus oil enhances the effects of the steam
  • Avoid dust, fumes and cigarette smoke
  • Practicing good hygiene helps prevent the spread of infection. Wash your hands carefully, always cover your mouth when you Cough or sneeze, and dispose of used tissues thoughtfully
  • Expectorant herbal Cough mixtures can help clear mucus, relieve Coughing and soothe inflamed and irritated airways. Suitable ingredients for children include Echinacea, vitamin C, vitamin A or beta carotene.
  • A comprehensive winter multi is recommended for children during winter to decrease the likelihood of contracted a cold.

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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