Tips to Stay Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

6 Helpful Tips to Stay Healthy This Cold & Flu Season



It’s about that time again, where we are surrounded by germs on a daily basis and feel that getting sick is just an inevitable part of our year. Whether it be a work keyboard or a door knob, it is difficult to escape the harmful viruses and bacteria lurking around us, but this does not mean you have to get sick! Don’t just accept cold and flu season as it is, make a difference this winter by following six simple tips that could help you stay healthy and disease-free.

  

  1.  Get a Flu shot – According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the seasonal Influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from catching the flu 1. The vaccine is most effective before flu season starts, as it takes 2 weeks to develop protection against influenza virus. Ask your health professional, like your Cincotta Pharmacist if getting a flu shot is right for you.  
  2. Regular exercise - Exercise is a key to a variety of health benefits and is immensely important for many physiological regulations in the body. Regular exercise has been linked to reducing risks of numerous illnesses and living an overall healthier and longer life. Just exercising 2-3 times a week could improve your body’s natural defence system, protecting you from disease-causing germs this winter 2
  3. Garlic – Love it or hate it, garlic has wondrous effects on human health. Garlic has been used for centuries to treat many health issues, and with good reason. Many studies have shown garlic is effective in boosting our immune system and even helpful in reducing the symptoms of cold & flu 3
    If you can’t stand the taste of garlic, that’s okay, Nature’s Own Triple Strength Garlic C, Horseradish and Caruso’s Aged Garlic are a great alternative to receive the benefits of garlic without the strong garlic taste.
  4.  Proper Hygiene - Maintaining proper personal hygiene is one of the most vital measures to take in preventing infection by the cold or flu. As cold and flus spread through aerosol droplets from coughing and sneezing, it is easy to touch contaminated surfaces from infected individuals and pick up the illness. That’s why frequently washing your hands and using alcohol-based sanitisers to protect you against these nasty germs. 
  5. Healthy and Balanced Diet – Food is not just for social gatherings and satisfying hunger, there are an abundant of health benefits to many of the foods we eat. Vitamin C has proven to support various immune functions across the body and promotes a healthy immune system, you can get your daily dose of vitamin C through foods such as sweet potato, orange and broccoli 4. Vitamin D is another major player in strengthening the immune system. Vitamin D in your diet may protect us from infections and may prevent you from catching the flu 5. If these foods are not for you, supplements such as Nature’s Way Vitamin C Tablets and Ostelin Vitamin D Capsules make great alternatives 
  6. Restful Sleep – Don’t sneeze, Sleep! Being exposed to viruses and bacteria does not always necessarily mean it will result in illness, how our immune system fends off these foreign bodies plays a major role in whether we will get sick from exposure. Scientific studies show that individuals who sleep less are more susceptible to catching the cold and flu 6. Our bodies don’t function as they should on less sleep, to ensure your immune system is in tip-top shape, make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep per night.

References

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm
  2. Journal of Sport and Health Science https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4417560/ 
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707683/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/