The All-Natural, Over-The-Counter Cold Remedy?
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES--Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition and Certified Personal Trainer
Cold and flu season will be upon us before we know it.
So you may be stocking up on cold medicine, cough drops, researching natural remedies, and getting plenty of books, in order to prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
Now, most people may get a cold or the flu during this season, but there’s ONE group of people that gets the cold and flu MORE!
And that group would be college students.
If you are in college, or have been in college, then you know all about the long nights spent studying…
The close living quarters with so many people…
And the STRESS of little or NO sleep…
So you already know that this can wreak havoc on your immune system and affect your ability to fight off the impending cold or flu.
This may result in:
Calling in sick for work MORE OFTEN…
Skipping classes to sleep…
Or just feeling MISERABLE for a few days, a week, or maybe even LONGER!
You could protect yourself with vitamins, minerals, teas, cough medicine, and herbal remedies passed down from older generations.
Or you can look for something else or something NEW, something such as probiotics!
And I am sure, unless you currently take PROBIOTICS, that you have no idea just how far reaching their impact may be on your health.
Probiotics and College Life
Sure, life in college can be non-stop, with many social engagements, classes, and work which rounds out the normal college life.
However, with this flurry of activity, and the constant stress, and sleepless nights from studying, the risk for developing a cold, or the flu, greatly increases among college students.
And since everyone lives in such tight-knit communities in college the risk of the cold or flu spreading GREATLY INCREASES.
Now, a few years ago, probiotics were introduced into the marketplace as a way to improve your digestive health.
What they didn’t know, however, was just how much of an impact probiotics would have on your OVERALL health.
Probiotics have been shown to improve your digestive health…
Enhance your immune system…
And the latest: improve your quality of life when dealing with a cold!
A brand new study shows that college kids, who consumed a probiotic-fortified drink, showed MAJOR improvements in their cold symptoms.
First, their colds were 34 percent LESS severe than those who didn’t take probiotics.
And, their colds cleared up, on average, TWO days sooner!
Although both groups missed the same amount of work days, the probiotic group missed FEWER classes compared to the placebo.
Plus, quality of life scores (when dealing with the cold) were HIGHER in the probiotic group when compared to the placebo!
Meaning they didn’t let their cold RUIN their lives!
Probiotics and Your Health
Probiotics, which are live bacteria, are becoming a natural and safe way to improve your health.
In fact, it has been shown to enhance your immune system, improve digestion, and improve the health of your intestines.
Now if you have a cold, the use of probiotics may reduce its severity, and could even make you heal FASTER.
So if you are looking for the next best thing to protect you this cold and flu season, it may not hurt to add probiotics to your arsenal of cold and flu medications.
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Smith T, Rigassio-Radler D, Denmark R, Haley T, Touger-Decker R. Effect of Lactobacillus rhamonsus LGG and Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis BB-12 on health-related quality of life in college students affected by upper respiratory infections. Br J Nutr. 2012.