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Tips for Staying Healthy during Cold & Flu Season

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Tips for Staying Healthy during Cold & Flu Season

The colder weather is here, which means that cold and flu season is right around the corner and can bring symptoms of fevers, chills, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. We all know that even the healthiest can still get knocked down during this time.  It is important that we keep our bodies healthy through having a nutrient rich diet and keeping up with our physical activity.  Here are some tips that can help make this time of year a little more healthy.

Certain supplements have been shown to help with prevention or reducing the duration of colds and flu symptoms. As always it is important to make sure you check with your medical professional before starting or stopping any new supplements/vitamins/herbs.

– Vitamin C:  Make sure you are getting the recommended dosage of vitamin C supplements needed during this time of year.  Foods like peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruits, broccoli, berries, oranges, tomatoes and green peas are high in Vitamin C and can help give you a boost.
Vitamin D:  During the cold months we tend to lack in Vitamin D, since we are not out in the sun often.  Many studies have shown that Vitamin D can help protect against cold and flu.   Get your Vitamin D levels check with your doctor to make sure that you are not deficient and to discuss what the recommended dosage is.
Echinacea:  A flu fighter – Echinacea is a coneflower that has been used by many as a traditional herbal remedy.  It has been shown to help shorten the duration and decrease the severity, when take at the first sign of the flu.
Elderberry:  is a supplement that can be taken as a syrup or lozenge. It can help treat cold and flu symptoms by reducing congestion.
Oregano Oil:  contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties which can help your immune system when it is under attack.
Zinc : when taken at the first sign, has been shown to lessen cold symptoms.  Discuss with your medical professional before taking, as excessive amount can be harmful. 

Keeping our digestive system healthy.
Since 80% of our immune system resides in our digestive system it is very important that we keep it healthy and functioning properly.
– Reduce consuming too much processed foods
– Take high quality probiotics
– Add fermented foods to your diet
– Make sure that you are reaching your daily water intake.
– Ginger and garlic are both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, which helps symptoms

Sleep:
Make sure that you are getting at least 7-8 hours of restful sleep.  If you are lacking sleep your body can be more prone to getting sick.

Physical Activity:
Cold weather seems to make it harder for us to get motivated to exercise, however physical activity is a great way to keep our bodies healthy.  So don’t forget to continue to get your recommended daily activity in.

Most importantly if you find yourself feeling running down or happen to get knocked down by a cold or the flu, remember your body needs time to heal, so allow it. Get plenty of rest and fluids.