A Healthy Autumn Ahead

Mother and daughter playing in red and orange autumn leaves

As the summer season comes to an end, preparation for the autumn is underway in many households around the world. Best Doctor’s is constantly promoting personal well-being and incentivising members to understand more about their health and how to ensure they keep it in check. As the cold weather approaches, our team has gathered some of the top tips to ensure we keep our health in good standing and enjoy the autumn season to the fullest.

Eat what autumn gives you In today’s day and age many produce is available all year round. However, you can trust that to get that tropical fruit in order to your kitchen in mid-October, either chemicals have been involved in the production process, or pre-freezing to help withstand a long journeys from abroad has occurred. Embrace the natural cycle of food production in your local area and enjoy the variety of food our changes of seasons provide. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by enjoying cranberries, figs, pears, sweet potatoes, winter squash and of course – pumpkins! Keep your immune system strong and Read more

Food and Flu

Cold hands holding a bowl of soup

Winter is officially in full force and here to stay – at least for the next couple of months! No matter how many vitamin Cs we take or how thick our scarves are, it is very unlikely that we will completely avoid catching at least one flu or cold during the season.

For many of us appetite becomes non-existent when we are ill and even more so when we have a fever. It is of the utmost importance, however, to remember that medical professionals concur that the body actually needs more calories than usual to function properly and fight off sickness during the flu. In order to kick your flu to the curb as fast as possible, stick to a fixed eating schedule (at least 3 meals a day) and keep your calorie intake as regular as possible. There are several foods that we should avoid entirely during the flu as they can Read more

No two flu’s are the same

catarro vs gripe

Winter. It’s the season when we wrap ourselves up in scarves and blankets in order to protect ourselves from a visitor who never fails to appear around this time: the influenza virus.

If there is something special about the Influenza virus it is its ability to mutate, making it different each year. Above all, we should not be alarmist and we should focus on the data from official sources, such as the Spanish Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, which studies outbreaks and possible severe cases and offers a global overview of the disease.

Since week 40/2012, eight European countries have reported 912 hospitalised laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, 361 of those cases were in United Kingdoom. Influenza A, B and C. Are there any differences? Their symptoms are similar: Fever over 38ºC Muscle and bone pain Very intense headache Marked general malaise The effects last 5 to 7 days. What varies in the 3 types is their potential for mutation to more dangerous viruses. Influenza A: the one that mutates most easily. It therefore has a higher risk of change to less well known viruses. Influenza B: the most common in humans, with a more limited capacity to mutate, thus allowing us to build up defences Read more