Cold Versus the Flu - Why You Should be Worried

With more strains of viruses and infectious illness arising these days, it’s important to know what causes them and how we can prevent them from happening. Colds and flus originate from strains of viruses and can cause respiratory infections, but they are quite different. 

Getting the flu can actually be quite serious and develop into more severe symptoms, making it harder for you to recover. 

Cold vs Flu

While most people use them interchangeably, the terms ‘cold’ and ‘flu’ actually refer to two different illnesses. 

‘Cold’ refers to the common cold, where you have symptoms like runny nose, cough, and sneezing. It is milder than the flu and it usually takes 7 to 10 days to recover. As it is caused by viruses, you can spread the cold when you sneeze or cough through droplets in the air or touch surfaces while you are contagious.

There isn’t any ‘cure’ for colds, but you can take medications like decongestants and antihistamines to relieve congestion. Others swear by vitamin C and other natural sources to lessen the cold symptoms.

On the other hand, the flu is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fevers, fatigue, aches and chills and can last up to 2 weeks. Moreover, it can spiral into more serious illness like pneumonia or other severe respiratory illnesses, where you can have trouble breathing.

Why Getting the Flu Can be Serious

Because the common cold and flu can be easily mistaken for each other, people may overlook the symptoms that they have. These symptoms are also not able to be cured, thus flu symptoms may snowball into something more severe without notice.

Furthermore, as flu symptoms cannot be treated, even for severe symptoms, doctors can only help the patient with their breathing and staying hydrated while they recover. In other cases, the doctor may be able to offer antiviral drugs to lessen the symptoms of the patient.

Certain individuals like the elderly, those with pre-existing respiratory illness, pregnant women and those with lung or heart problems can be even more vulnerable to the flu. 

As it can be easy to spread the flu and also not notice the symptoms early enough, the best way forward is to prevent yourself from getting the flu in the first place. Cultivating good hygiene through the washing of hands is key, as well as boosting general immunity of your body to prevent against the flu.

Boost your Immunity with the Flu Immunity Pack

For those who want to be well-prepared, we’ve come up with a Flu Immunity Pack collection for Nature’s Glory that contains the our best health supplements for combating the flu:

Nature’s Glory Garlic Balls

Nature’s Glory Propolis Balls

Nature’s Glory Plum Balls

Squalene

American Nutriceuticals Vitality C

Each supplement has a role in improving flu symptoms.

Garlic Balls are known for their antimicrobial properties. Made from Black Garlic without any artificial colourings and chemicals, garlic can be a strong preventative against viruses and bacteria. 

Propolis Balls are full of flavone, enzymes, organic amino acids, polysaccharides and vitamins. They are effective as antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial supplements and increase the body's immunity towards flus, colds and coughs.

Plum Balls are prized in Japan to boost the body’s immune system and resistance to viruses. Our Plum Balls are made from ume plums and wild mountain yam and also contain high amounts of minerals such as calcium and iron.

Squalene is a naturally occurring oil that helps to provide oxygen to the lungs and helps with respiratory weakness, while boosting immunity.

Finally, Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant to support a healthy immune system and recovery.

Each of these natural supplements can be taken on its own to boost immunity, but can also be taken in combination to further amp up your health levels. While the flu is no joke, you can always know that you can be well prepared to handle the symptoms that come your way.

Find out more about the Flu Immunity Pack here.

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