You've made it through the holidays, through excessive sugar and rich food, the stress of parking, shopping and spending. Then there's the office parties, drinking, more drinking, more spending, not enough time to exercise and…all of the above brings us to a lack of quality sleep.
What does all this mean to your body? The short answer is that your immune system has taken a hit. Whether or not you have suffered a cold or flu, it's time to give something back to the body that has worked so hard to protect you.
The cold virus is our country's leading infectious disease. The average American suffers from two to four colds each year. There are myriad flu-like symptoms (chills, fever, cough, runny nose) that we like to blame on influenza, but a CBS News study tells us that 83-97% of the time, these flu-like symptoms are brought on by other viruses or bacteria.