Inflammation, Influenza and Respiratory Tract Infections

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By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Our bodies produce a certain amount of energy each day to enable normal cellular body functions to be carried out. One critical function performed is by the immune system in fighting off ‘foreign invaders’ such as viral, bacteria, fungal and yeast infections.

Multiple external influences, such as physical and mental stress, sickness, medical conditions and rapid and dramatic temperature changes may affect our immune systems. This can weaken the body and make us more susceptible to colds and flus. External chemicals and pollution of our modern society may weaken the immune system because vital body 'energy' is used to metabolize and process these toxins that we inhale, eat, drink and in some cases inject.

Influenza ‘Flu’ viruses may be prevented by vaccination. However for some people, even after having a flu vaccination, they may still be susceptible some other strains of the flu. Some medical researchers have previously mentioned that overall, only less than 30% of all people vaccinated have some protection each season.

Antibiotics may not be helpful in certain cases as they only act against bacterial infections and the overuse of antibiotics may cause an increase in antibiotic resistance.