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How to overcome cold flu virus infection

  • By Joseph Kamugisha
  • August 01, 2010

People should always remember giving their body plenty of rest while allowing the cold or flu to run its course.
Cold flu is caused by viruses.

Therefore in order to understand how cold flu affects human flu, one need to have an understanding on what viruses do at a cellular level.

Viruses are nothing but microscopic particles of genetic material, each coated by a thin layer of protein.

Due to their design, viruses are not able to reproduce on their own. The only way that viruses can flourish in your body is by using the machinery and metabolism of your cells to produce multiple copies of themselves.

Once a virus has gained access into one of the body cells, depending on the type of virus involved, certain changes happen in our body system.

The virus uses the body cells to replicate itself many times over and then breaks open (lyses) the cell so that the newly replicated viruses can leave in search of new cells to infect. Lysis effectively kills human body cell.

The virus incorporates itself into the DNA (genetic make) of the body cell, which allows the virus to be passed on to each daughter cell that stems from this cell.

Later on, the virus in each daughter cell can begin replicating itself as described above. Once multiple copies of the virus have been produced, the cell is lyses.
Both possibilities lead to the same result: eventually, the infected cell can die due to lyses.

It is important to understand that the viruses that cause the common cold and the flu mainly infect our body’s weakest cells; cells that are already burdened with excessive waste products and toxins are most likely to allow viruses to infect them.

These are cells that the body is already looking to get rid of anyway, to be replaced by new and new healthy cells.

Therefore a cold flu is a truly natural tool that can allow the body to purge itself of old and damaged cells that, in the absence of viral infection, would normally take much longer to identify, destroy, and eliminate.

The mucous material running out of the nose while infected with cold flu contains countless dead cells that the body is trying rid off and is largely due to the lytic effect of viruses.

Actually there has been no cure for the common cold, since the common cold is nature’s way of keeping you healthy over the long term. And so long as you get plenty of rest and strive to stay hydrated and properly nourished during a cold flu infection, there is no need to get vaccinated or to take medications that suppress congested sinuses, a fever, and coughing.

All these uncomfortable symptoms are actually ways in which the body works to eliminate waste products and help the body get through this infection.

It is agreed and proved scientifically to counteract the pain by use of medications like acetaminophen if the discomfort caused by flu. But it’s best to avoid medications that aim to suppress helpful processes such as fever, coughing, and a runny nose.

It’s important to note that just because cold flu’s can be helpful to your body does not mean that you need to experience them to be at your best. If a person takes good care of his body health and immune system by getting plenty of rest and consistently making  health promoting dietary and lifestyle choices, the body  cells may stay strong enough to avoid getting infected by viruses that come knocking on their membranes.

A cold usually comes on gradually over the course of a day or two. Generally, it leaves a person feeling tired, sneezing, coughing and plagued by a running nose. You often do not have a fever, but when you do, it’s only slightly higher than normal. Colds usually last three to four days, but can hang around for 10 days to two weeks.

The common flu infection on the other hand comes on suddenly and hits hard. You will feel weak and tired and you could run a fever as high as 40 C.

The muscles and joints will probably ache; a person will feel chilled and could have a severe headache and sore throat. Getting off the couch or out of bed will be a chore. The fever may last three to five days, but you could feel weak and tired for two to three weeks.

One final note on this topic: because the common cold and the flu are both caused by viruses, antibiotics are not necessary. People who take antibiotics while suffering with a cold or flu often feel slightly better because antibiotics have a mild anti-inflammatory effect.

But this benefit is far outweighed by the negative impact that antibiotics have on friendly bacteria that live throughout your digestive tract.

In this light, if you really need help with pain management during a cold or flu, it is usually better to take a small dose of acetaminophen than it is to take antibiotics.


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