Cold and flu prevention starts with a strong immune system. Keep active, keep your diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in sugar.
Myth-busting facts about cold and flu
Vitamin D3 may be better than vitamin C for cold and flu protection. Studies in Finland and Japan showed that adults and children who had adequate vitamin D levels were less likely to get respiratory illnesses. This could be because vitamin D supports our production of anti-viral and anti-bacterial proteins.
Orange juice and fruit juices don't help! While they provide a tiny amount of vitamin C and some hydration, fruit juices contain harmful sugars that stifle our immune defences. Stick to water and herbal teas without caffeine.
Cold and flu do's and don'ts
DO take action straight away. Pharma Nord has a Bio-InfluZinc+C pastille that delivers zinc directly into the mouth. It's now understood that zinc, administered within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, reduces the duration and severity of a cold in healthy people. Zinc and vitamin C are best taken every few hours, rather than in one big amount.
DO get some sleep and seek ways to reduce your stress levels - they impact on your immune health.
DON'T eat high sugar foods. They have an almost instant impact on your white blood cells, making it harder to kill germs.
Look for signs of illness
The first sign of a cold is often a tingling sensation at the back of the throat, or a tell-tale sneeze, followed by congestion and sometimes a headache. The flu is much harsher and involves aches, pains and fever, which require bed rest. Don't try to work with the flu. Rest and good nutrition will be more effective.
For free advice on keeping your immune system healthy, talk to the experts at Pharma Nord. Visit www.multivits.co.uk or call 0800 591 756.