For Canadians, cold and flu season means coats and hats and fuzzy mittens, but for our bodies? It’s a call for nutrients. With the cold gusts of winter sending us into a panic, arming yourself for cold weather becomes priority number one. But what do you need? Here are some tips and Jamieson Best New Product Award Nominees to help you and your family stay in good health this winter.
The first step to keep in mind during the cold and flu season is prevention and it’s important to take extra precaution during the winter months to keep your immune system strong. One of the most important things you can do is make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, or use an antibacterial hand sanitizer when you’re on the go. Staying hydrated can also help prevent the cold and flu because when you are dehydrated, it’s easier for viruses to find their way into your system and promote infection.
Rest and Relaxation
Sleep can do more for you than just making you look refreshed the next day. A well-rested body and mind can actually help boost your immune system, too. Adequate sleep can help prevent the cold and flu by giving your body a chance to rest and recover, which allows your immune system to get stronger. To ensure you get your best night’s rest, try to develop a bedtime routine, ideally going to bed at the same time each night in order to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you need help relaxing before bedtime you can try yoga, reading or taking a warm bath with lavender scented oil.
Eat the right foods
A healthy diet is one of your best bets for keeping your immune system strong during the cold and flu season. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C and beta- carotene. Vitamin C has been shown to help shorten the duration of a cold and may also reduce the severity of your symptoms. Other nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, such as salmon, can help strengthen the body’s resistance to infection. Also make sure to include foods that contain probiotics, the good bacteria your body needs to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria and viruses in the digestive tract. Recent studies also show that vitamin D can be beneficial in boosting the immune system. Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk, fish, mushrooms, safe sun exposure and supplements.
You are more likely to prevent the spread of a cold in its early stages. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to prevent it from getting worse as soon as the first symptoms appear. New Jamieson Cold Fighter is the perfect solution for when you start to feel those first symptoms coming on. Cold Fighter is an all-natural product that combines four cold-fighting ingredients: Echinacea, ginger, zinc and vitamin C, all shown to help strengthen your immune system when you start to feel under the weather. What makes it even easier, is that all you need is one capsule or chewable tablet per day to fight early signs of cold and flu symptoms and help shorten the duration and severity of your symptoms.