Cold & Flu Defence
Nov 4, 2011 Posted by: Michelle E. Latinsky BASc., RD
As the saying goes, the best defence is a good offence. With the arrival of cooler weather, many of us are bound to get stuck at home with yet another case of the sniffles. Prepare yourself to fight cold and flu bugs this season with these helpful tips:
More than 400 species of bacteria live in your digestive system and the good ones are known as probiotics.
- Probiotic supplements can give you natural immune protection. More than 400 species of bacteria live in your digestive system and the good ones are known as probiotics. Their role is to keep your intestinal tract healthy. Try: Advanced 4-Strain Probiotic - Provides four probiotic cultures to help maintain and restore the intestinal balance of good bacteria. For a convenient, on-the-go formula, try Jamieson’s Probiotic Sticks – a delicious plum-flavoured powder that dissolves directly in the mouth. This probiotic formula is also perfect for travelling as it requires no water or refrigeration.
- Good hygiene is important for preventing the spread of viruses. Wash your hands frequently and avoid rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth. Sneeze or cough in a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Drink lots of fluids. Dehydrated cells offer an easy path for viruses to enter your system and cause infection.
- The Immune Enhancer. Echinacea can help minimize the duration of cold and flu symptoms and alleviate sore throats. Echinacea works by increasing the production of infection-fighting cells, leaving your body better prepared to fight off cold and flu viruses. Try: Jamieson FluShield™ - A potent strain of Echinacea augustifolia, Jamieson FluShield™ is the result of 12 years of research and selective breeding for the purest and most powerful species of this native North American wildflower. The Echinacea angustifolia found in FluShield™ is a premium and uniquely bioactive botanical extract that was chosen from among 40 plants for its high concentration of immune-boosting properties. With FluShield™, Jamieson has taken the purest natural source and used state-of-the-art science to produce your best defense for the cold and flu season.
- Stock up on nature’s best remedy. Vitamin C is among the most popular supplements during cold and flu season. Shown to reduce the duration of viruses and the severity of their symptoms, vitamin C supports a healthy immune system. Try: Exxtra- C 500 mg or 1,000 mg – an advanced timed-release delivery system that provides superior absorption and bioavailability of vitamin C over a 24 hour period.
- Let the sun shine! The reduction in sun exposure during fall and winter months means our bodies produce less vitamin D at a time of year when we are more likely exposed to viruses that can cause infection. Research shows that a vitamin D supplement may help fight off winter colds and flu by boosting the body’s own immune system. Try: Chewable Chocolate Vitamin D 1,000 IU – a delicious all-natural chocolate-flavoured chewable tablet with no artificial colours or flavours. Made with Quali™-D, the world’s purest Vitamin D3 and the same form that the body naturally produces when skin is exposed to sunlight.
Need more anti-flu remedies?
Stress can also weaken your immune system, so pack a B Complex like Jamieson’s Timed Release Vitamin B100 Complex to help restore these stress-depleted nutrients necessary for energy production. If you feel a scratchy throat coming along, grab some Honey Lemon Zinc Lozenges with Vitamin C and Echinacea to soothe your throat and boost your immunity.
And remember, a healthy immune system depends on good nutrition, adequate sleep and regular exercise. Try these easy recipes for an immune-boosting snack at work or at home.