Sweater weather, sore throats and runny noses can only mean one thing – the start of cold and flu season! And the experts are predicting that we are in for a bad one this year. Luckily, there are easy ways to protect you and your family and with the proper care and a lot of TLC you can help keep those cold and flu germs at bay. By taking these preventative steps, you’ll fight every flu season with confidence.
Get your flu shot
As soon as the flu vaccine is available in your area get it! By mid October I already had a couple of friends laid up with full on influenza because the vaccine wasn’t available to them yet. No, the vaccine is not a guarantee you won’t get the flu but it absolutely can help you avoid it or, if you do catch the flu, it can prevent your from suffering as bad as you would without it.
Practice healthy eating
Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will help keep you healthy. But sometimes it’s hard to keep up and give your body all its recommended nutrients. To help keep pace with your hectic schedule, take a multivitamin to help support your immune system. If you’re not a fan of swallowing pills, try Men’s and Women’s Complete Multivitamin – they come in an easy-to-take gummy format and taste delicious.
Manage your Stress
Keeping active can be a great way to keep stress levels in check. And keeping stress levels in check is a great way to help support your immune system. Try and keep your body moving every day. Take a brisk walk or spend 30 minutes at the gym, whatever works for you! And don’t forget to gets adequate sleep!
Wash your hands
One of the easiest and most important things you can do to help prevent catching cold and flu bugs is to wash your hands. Wash them often and wash them well!
Drink plenty of liquids
Fluids in general will help soothe a sore throat and loosen congestion . Drinking plenty of water also helps to prevent dehydration and replace fluids lost from a fever or respiratory infection.
Rest and recuperate
Unless you were one of the lucky ones this fall, and managed to avoid getting sick, you may have to spend a few weekends indoors resting. Keep plenty of tissue nearby, enjoy a movie marathon and recover with Gravol™ Multi-symptom Cold & Fever. This natural health product is an all-in-one anti-nauseant, pain reliever and fever reducer. The medicinal ingredients that make this formula so effective are Ginger and Willow Bark extracts, traditional herbal medicines used for centuries.
Know when to see a doctor
The symptoms of different viruses and bacterial infections can be very similar and often confusing, which is why it’s important to know when to see a doctor. If you don’t start to feel better after a few days, your symptoms worsen or you’re in a high-risk group to develop flu symptoms , you should see your doctor.
Tip: Antibiotics are great at fighting the bad bacteria like step that makes you sick (they won’t help with viruses like cold and flu), but for some women, they can also affect good bacteria (also known as vaginal flora) making them susceptible to bacterial vaginosis (BV), which causes discomfort, discharge and itching. If you’re prone to BV when taking a prescription medication, try RepHresh™ Pro-B Probiotic. Just 1 oral capsule daily while using oral antibiotics can help treat bacterial vaginosis and help maintain vaginal flora in a normal range.
To help you stay ahead of the flu season, print out this infographic and post on your fridge for constant health tips and reminders:
This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.