4 Tips to Avoid the Dreaded Fall Flu Spike

Even though I am still missing the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there are so many things about the fall season that I love too.  The gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the deciduous trees, visiting our local Farmer's Market, marvelling at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the brilliant blue of the sky on a cool, crisp autumn day. However, there is one thing about this time of year that I do not love and that is the arrival of the much-dreaded cold and flu season, … [Read more...]

Eating Nutrient Rich Foods Helps Combat the “Fall Spike”

Studies show school children bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups – known as the Fall Spike. So, is it inevitable that we get sick during the Fall Spike?  No, it is not!  You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming a victim of the Fall Spike! Along with impeccable hand washing and receiving the annual flu shot you should: Make a free … [Read more...]

Back to School + Back to Germs = The Fall Spike #SuperstoreFluCrew

Photo via VisualHunt.com You may have heard me say many, many times how much I love the autumn season. The gorgeous colours on trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the air is crisp and clean, summer vacations are fond memories, life seems to reset and we get back to "normal". It's a new beginning. What's not to love? Well, even I must admit, there is one major thing I do not love about the autumn. That's the seemingly inevitable, Fall Spike. BACK TO SCHOOL EQUALS BACK … [Read more...]

How to Protect Against Gastroenteritis ~ aka “Stomach Flu”

A couple of days ago, in the wee hours of the morning, my daughter called me from a friend's house. She had woken at 4:30 AM with projectile vomiting. A couple of her friends had also been ill and sure enough, she was now a victim of dreaded Gastroenteritis, aka "Stomach Flu". She is not alone in her anguish. We are in the midst of winter and it's definitely gastroenteritis season! Unfortunately, it's next to impossible to avoid this misery causing "flu bug" altogether, however, there are … [Read more...]

Take Influenza Seriously – Get the Shot! {Healthy Living}

Photo attribution: Government of Canada  Influenza Immunization - "The Flu Shot" Seasonal Flu - What is it? Influenza, or the flu, is a common and highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. Influenza viruses can change rapidly. That’s why there is a new flu shot made every year to protect against the circulating virus strains. Seasonal Flu - Symptoms … [Read more...]

Healthy Living – Do you have a “cold” or the “flu”?

What is significant about October through May?  Well, in North America, it's the time of year when cold and flu season is upon us.  But, what's the difference?  Can you distinguish between the two?   … [Read more...]