Shorter days, chillier forecasts, falling, twirling leaves … yes, the seasons are changing, and with that come the colds and coughs and sniffles and sneezes of seasonal illnesses. If you and your loved ones are prone to getting sick when the seasons change, you’re not imagining this. More people get sick in colder weather. However, cold weather doesn’t make you sick; rather, cold viruses such as rhinovirus and coronavirus flourish in the cooler air of fall and spring. Likewise, the flu virus thrives and replicates more readily in the cold, dry air of winter. If your immune system is not up to par, you are more apt to get sick.
Before you go into an anti-bacterial frenzy, however, you can take some simple steps to boost your immunity, flu-proof your home and tackle those seasonal illnesses if you do get sick. But first, a bit about immunity.
What is the Immune System?
You may have a vague notion of what the immune system is – when it’s working well, it protects you from harmful invaders – and when it’s not working well, it lets you down and whack – you get sick.
That’s close. The immune system (from the Latin word, immunis, meaning free or untouched) is a complex network of organs, cells and proteins that protects the body from harmful invaders. These may include pathogens, viruses, parasites, fungi or even our body’s own cells that replicate and turn against us. Immune system cells originate from our bone marrow, then circulate throughout the body via blood and vessels in the lymphatic system.
Our immune system constantly changes to adapt to new viruses and bacteria over time. That’s why it’s best to make sure you take steps to strengthen your immune system so you can stay healthy.
Easy Ways to Boost Your Immunity & Flu-Proof Your Home
Be proactive about reducing your chances of getting sick this season.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of sleep, 6-8 hours a night.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Get at least 15 minutes of exercise every day.
- Eat well-rounded, healthy meals with lots of fruits and veggies.
- Manage your stress: try yoga, deep-breathing or meditation.
In the home:
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Limit contact with family members who are ill.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 minutes. Rinse and dry.
- If family members are sick, make sure they cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
- Clean your home. Cold and flu viruses flourish on sponges, in sinks, in the bathroom and on computers, keyboards and other devices.
When Its Flu-Like Symptoms
When you feel those first telltale signs – sudden onset fatigue, chills, fever, body aches, headache – reach for award-winning Oscillococcinum (Oscillo for short) from Boiron. Clinical trials show that Oscillo, a natural homeopathic formula, rapidly relieves flu-like symptoms and helps to reduce the time you’re suffering from these symptoms. In fact, during clinical trials, 63 percent of patients showed “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” of flu type symptoms at 48 hours. More awards here show it’s the best.
The active ingredient in Oscillo that reduces the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms is Anas barbariae 200CK HPUS.
Oscillo works naturally with your body, will not make you sleepy and does not interact with other drugs. Oscillo works best when taken early, so make sure you have some on hand.
Adults and children 2 years of age and older should dissolve the entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day.
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Calm the Common Cold
ColdCalm’s quick-dissolving tablets temporarily relieve cold-like symptoms, including sneezing, congestion and minor sore throat. Take ColdCalm at the very onset of your cold symptoms. ColdCalm’s non-drowsy formula enables you to stay alert and go on with your day.
ColdCalm is formulated for everyone ages 3 and older.
Temporary Relief of Cold and Cough Symptoms
Feel a cold or cough coming on? Chestal, a natural homeopathic solution, can help. Chestal’s multi-symptom, non-drowsy formula contains specific ingredients to relieve cold and cough symptoms, including runny noses, sneezing and minor sore throats.
Choose from Chestal Cold and Cough and Children’s Chestal Cold and Cough, recommended for children ages 3 to 12.
Chestal Honey and Children’s Chestal Honey contains a natural honey base that coats and soothes the throat, loosens chest congestion and calms dry, fitful coughs. Chestal Honey is formulated for everyone ages 2 and older.
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