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

Protecting our health from the dangers of winter

According to some experts, the impact of respiratory diseases on our health can be increased by approximately 30% during the winter season. However, apart from these illnesses, there are others that are prevalent at this time of year.

Not surprisingly, the groups more significantly at risk of suffering health problems during these months are the most vulnerable ones: infants, young children, chronically ill and elderly people. These are the people that must take more precautions so as not aggravate minor illnesses, which could subsequently take a turn for the worse.

Before going any further, let's review some of the health problems that go hand in hand with winter and cold weather: Respiratory diseases such as the flu, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia are some of the most common conditions, which are largely preventable if appropriate recommendations are followed. It is advisable to keep our doctor abreast of our symptoms and, if we are more vulnerable to sickness, we should be vaccinated annually against influenza (flu). Circulation problems: low temperatures can make our blood flow slower, which can become a threat for those patients with ischaemia (insufficient supply of blood to an organ, usually due Read more

No two flu’s are the same

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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