Cozy sweaters, holiday parties, and hot cocoa — winter delivers lots of fun! Unfortunately, it can also bring less sunlight, germs, and other things that sap our body’s vital defense system, making us vulnerable to sickness and infection. The good news is that the immune system can be strengthened with just a little bit of care and know-how. In the midst of cold and flu season, there’s no better time to protect against wintertime risks with a few simple measures. Be sure to include homeopathic remedies aimed at coughs, sniffles, sneezes and chills. Try a natural cough syrup.
See the Light
Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. In older people, lack of this vitamin has been linked to a higher risk of catching flu. Try getting outside even for just a little on those sunny, winter days for a natural dose of the sunshine vitamin.
Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, as well as enhance your mood and reduce stress — all which benefit your immune system and general well-being. You can beat cabin fever with an outdoor walk or hike or even outdoor sports like skiing. And when the weather outside is not cooperating, an at-home workout will do just fine.
Maximize on Water
Mucous membranes in your nose, mouth, and throat are the first line of defense against infectious agents, and it’s crucial they stay moist to work their best. But winter or heated indoor air are very drying. In addition to water, you can stay hydrated with hot tea, broth, and soups. Don’t forget that certain foods like apples, cucumbers, and celery can also contribute a large amount of water to your diet. Feel better with good hydration when you have cold, cough and flu-like symptoms. These might include sneezes, sniffles, productive or dry coughs, chills and aches.
Hit the Sack
Being run-down can affect your ability to fight off infection. Research shows that people who skimp on sleep are three times more likely to catch a cold. To improve your health and well-being, it’s best to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. Avoiding bright screens from TVs, smartphones, and computers right before you go to bed will ensure a better slumber. The blue light emitted from these devices can delay your body’s natural release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.
Act Fast – Cold, Cough, Flu-like Symptoms
If you, or your kids, do manage to get sick during this cold and flu season, you can nip symptoms in the bud with homeopathic medicines. Choose non-drowsy, non-habit forming remedies with no drug interactions. Boiron offers a full line of multi-symptom products for children and adults, including
- Oscillococcinum for award-winning relief of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, chills, fever, headache – get in-store coupon here
- ColdCalm for relief of symptoms of the common cold such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and minor sore throat
- Chestal Honey cough syrup to relieve dry coughs and loosen chest congestion*
Look for cold remedies for babies, toddlers, and big kids, too. They’re all made with earth-sourced active ingredients and are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and dyes. Ditch the late-night dash to the drugstore and stock up on these medicine cabinet must-haves at Martindale’s today.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.
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