With cold and flu infections affecting 5% to 20% of Americans each year, you may be wondering what is the best way to avoid getting sick. Luckily, there are options available that can not only help you recover more quickly, but also reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu in the first place. Many patients are turning to IV therapy to prevent cold and flu. Because this therapy delivers vital nutrients, vitamins, and fluids in such a way that allows the body to use them to their maximum potential, IV therapy is an effective option for boosting your immune system and avoiding a cold or the flu.
The overall feeling of discomfort and the missed workdays associated with the flu is bad enough, but it’s troubling to know the CDC estimates that 34,200 people died last flu season due to influenza-related causes. Children and the elderly are at the highest risk of serious complications, but no one should take cold and flu season lightly.
Read on to learn how to determine whether you have a cold or the flu, how IV therapy is not only an effective treatment but also a great preventative measure, and we’ll also give you a few additional tips for avoiding a cold and staying healthy.
What Is IV Therapy?
IV therapy is a term used to describe the administration of fluids, vitamins, nutrients, or medications directly into a patient’s bloodstream. It is also sometimes referred to as IV hydration therapy or IV infusion therapy. The precise combination and dosage of nutrients and/or medications varies depending on the condition being treated and desired results.
IV therapy offers a myriad of benefits to patients, including fast and effective delivery. When vitamins, nutrients, or medications are consumed orally, they need to pass through the gastrointestinal tract before they can make their way into the bloodstream and eventually arrive at the cells that need them. A significant percentage (about 50%) of what we eat gets broken down in the stomach and is rendered unusable by the body. When the same nutrients or vitamins are delivered directly into the bloodstream, 100% of them become immediately bioavailable. Patients get better results faster.
IV therapy is a popular treatment for individuals looking to boost their cognitive function, increase recovery time after exercise, prevent migraines, and much more. Many patients also use IV therapy to prevent cold and flu.
What Is the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?
Influenza (the flu) and the common cold are both caused by viruses, and because they have similar symptoms, they can sometimes be difficult to tell apart. One way to determine whether you have a cold or the flu is by considering how quickly your symptoms occurred. The flu tends to progress rapidly, whereas cold symptoms tend to arise more gradually.
While both viruses can cause symptoms of chest congestion, cough, stuffy nose, and sore throat, there are some differences in how the two present. Flu symptoms commonly include fever, chills, achiness, fatigue, and headache. A cold rarely presents with a fever and is more contained to upper respiratory discomfort rather than general achiness. Children under six years of age and the elderly are more susceptible to serious complications as a result of a cold or flu. They should be seen by a doctor as soon as symptoms become noticeable.
When Is Cold and Flu Season?
Cold season is generally considered to span from September through March in the United States. This is when most cases of the common cold have been historically diagnosed, but it is possible to catch a cold anytime. Peak flu season typically begins in December and ends in March. You can find current flu season statistics, notices, and updates on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
If you are planning to travel internationally, you should check when the cold and flu season occurs at your destination. Many tropical locations, for example, have a flu and cold season that lasts all year round. Getting IV therapy before your departure is a great way to give your body a fluid and nutrient boost to stay healthy during your travels.
How Long Does a Cold or the Flu Last?
One of the biggest differences between the flu and a common cold is how long they last. The common cold typically lasts about a week. The flu can last anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. Both the flu and the common cold can lead to further complications, such as a sinus infection, bronchitis, or even pneumonia. If one of these conditions develops, the recovery time will be longer.
How Does Dehydration Increase Your Flu Risk?
The benefits of staying hydrated are numerous, and one of them is a boost in immune system function. Staying hydrated supports healthy kidney function, facilitates the flow of oxygen throughout your body, and helps nearly every system in your body continue to work at peak function. Drinking plenty of water also helps flush toxins and bacteria out of the body, which helps maintain your overall health and decreases your risk of getting a cold or the flu.
How Can IV Therapy Help You Recover from a Cold or the Flu?
Once you’ve come down with a cold or the flu, it is even more important to make sure you get enough fluids. Symptoms, including fever or vomiting, can cause dehydration. IV therapy replenishes lost fluids and prevents dehydration while you’re recovering from a cold or the flu.
One of the IV’s we offer at Aspire Regenerative is our Aspire Cold and Flu Remedy, which contains several immune system boosting nutrients including zinc, vitamin C, and glutathione. The human body uses zinc to fight off bacteria and viral infections. Studies have found that taking zinc can shorten the duration of a cold by as much as 50%. Vitamin C is also important for immune system health. Our bodies do not produce vitamin C on their own but need it to fight off infection, facilitate iron absorption, and maintain strong bones. Scientific reviews of clinical trials and various research found that taking 200mg of vitamin C per day cut the risk of getting a cold roughly in half for extremely active people, and reduced the duration of a cold by about one full day in adults with normal activity levels.
At Aspire Regenerative, we incorporate glutathione into our IV therapy to prevent cold and flu symptoms because it is a powerful antioxidant. Glutathione not only boosts the immune system but decreases oxidative stress and helps the body fight off viral, microbial, and parasitic infections. If you already have an infection, glutathione can reduce chest congestion and the resulting discomfort.
You’ll find a range of IV therapies at Aspire Regenerative designed to help with various wellness, beauty, and health concerns. Find out more here!
How Can I Avoid Getting a Cold or the Flu?
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to boost your immune system and set your body up for infection-fighting success.
- Get the Flu Shot – The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months should get the flu shot each season, with a few exceptions. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and clinics.
- Hydrate – We discussed the importance of staying hydrated above and the benefits of drinking enough water during the cold and flu season. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, adult men should drink 3.7 liters (15.5 cups) of water per day, and women should drink 2.7 liters (11.5 cups). Getting IV therapy is another great way to replenish your body’s fluids after exercise, before travel, or anytime you feel that you haven’t been drinking enough water.
- Practice Good Hygiene – Simple habits, including regular hand washing, covering your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough, and disinfecting counters, will help prevent the spread of germs and increase your chances of staying healthy. If you do feel a cold coming on, it’s a good idea to avoid crowds and stay home from work to avoid infecting others.
- Get Plenty of Vitamins and Nutrients – The most effective way to deliver key vitamins and nutrients to your body is directly into your bloodstream, and IV therapy does just that. Selecting an IV therapy with immune system boosting nutrients, such as the Aspire Cold and Flu Remedy, is a great way to prevent sickness or speed up recovery time after you’ve already gotten a cold or the flu. Eating healthy, vitamin-rich foods and spices such as spinach, garlic, pomegranate, and turmeric can also help.
Interested in learning more about IV therapy and how it can help you stay healthy? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative. Our doctors can answer any questions you may have and recommend the best IV therapy to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.