How to stay well over harsh winter
Bring on winter! First week of June, frosts in the morning and we’ve had snow fall before WinterFest. Winter is here. But so are the colds, runny noses and flu. For many, winter can mean sickness and misery.
Many people think sickness is the cost of a great winter. People put on weight, eat more junk food, do less exercise and get sick. But what if there was a way to have your cake and still eat it? Or have your snow and still shred it?
Below are four top tips in beating the germs, colds and flu this winter. Good nutrition and modern medicine are the key to great results.
1. Supplements: Just like an apple a day keeps the doctor away, natural health supplements (such as vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, olive leaf extract, probiotics etc), will do this and more! Prevention is better than cure, and taking an immune boosting supplement daily will give your body strength to fight off germs, bacteria and viruses that cause colds. While that apple will give you vitamin C, a supplement is a high value, high dose, power-packed parcel of goodness designed to boost your ability to fight off sickness.
2. Flu shot: Controversial for some, but life saving for others, the flu shot can help your body beat Influenza no matter how healthy and fit you may be. The flu shot is influenza viruses that have been concentrated, inactivated and then broken apart, so does not contain a live virus. This way your body can create antibodies in preparation for fighting off influenza should you be exposed to it. Think of the flu shot as future proofing. Two weeks after the injection you have set yourself up with protection against the flu before it’s too late.
3. Eat well, live well: Hippocrates said ‘‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’’ and recognised the value of eating and living well to avoid sickness. The WHO recommends five portions of fruit or veg per day. However, alcohol, junk food and stress are all too often the normal appetite in a Central Otago winter. Combine this with uninsulated, cramped houses and colds could spread easily.
4. Transmission prevention: Don’t get it, don’t give it. The best way to reduce colds this winter is by not passing them around. Throw your tissues in the bin straight after use and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands before touching food, avoid contact with people who have the flu and consider taking anti-viral medicine.
Your immune system is a powerful beast that can thrive through winter, but it needs some help. Be proactive to avoid getting caught up in illness. Protect your immune system with a flu shot, supplements and probiotics. Eat well, sleep well and make the most of your health this winter.
Coughs and colds can be avoided, says health professional Claire Arrowsmith.