Stay Healthy This Cold and Flu Season
As colder weather sets in and we return from holiday travel and gatherings to the office with colleagues, we also face the annual cold and flu season. To get us through this time of year, here are some effective ways to stay healthy and ready ourselves for the challenges of the cold and flu season. Do not underestimate the importance of hydration, rest, a full night's sleep, and reducing stress. Eat foods high in quercetin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, like blueberries, citrus fruits, apples, broccoli, and raw onion. Get enough zinc to decrease the risk of developing viral infections. About 15% of the population has a zinc deficiency, increasing the risk of developing viral infections. Foods high in zinc include meat, shellfish, and legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and beans. If you feel yourself coming down with a cold, look for products with naturally occurring ingredients like manuka honey, and take zinc-based products as soon as symptoms appear. Consider homeopathic remedies like Zicam RapidMelts and Medicated Fruit Drops , which leverage zinc to help shorten colds. For a zinc-free alternative, explore Zicam Nasal Swabs , utilizing a plant-based homeopathic formula to reduce the duration of the common cold. Keeping allergies at bay is also important, as uncontrolled allergies trigger increased mucus production, fostering an environment ripe for viral and bacterial growth. Zicam's No-Drip Liquid Nasal Spray , a non-drowsy formulation, provides relief of allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and sinus pressure. Check out zicam.com for more information.