Sneezing, coughing, runny nose – we all know the signs of a dreaded cold, one of the most common illnesses known to man. Although colds are usually harmless, they can be very unpleasant. In Australia the average adult suffers through 2-4 colds per year with symptoms lasting up to 2 weeks. That’s a lot of tissues, and a lot of time off work. Colds are usually caused by a viral infection and spread through droplets in the air. It’s almost a certainty that each and every one of us will catch a cold at some stage throughout the year, but what can we do to give us the best chance of staying healthy this Winter?
Wash your hands
Germs love hands. It may sound like common sense, but be sure to give your hands a thorough scrub several times a day using warm water with antibacterial hand wash or sanitiser. Water alone isn’t enough to kill germs. A thorough hand wash should take around twenty seconds and you should be sure to include the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.
Fuel your body with the right foods
Support your immune system by fuelling your body with a variety of foods high in nutritional value. A diet filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables, lean protein and wholegrains will fill your body with the vitamins and nutrients needed to help keep you fighting fit. Introduce herbs and spices such as garlic, ginger and turmeric which all contain immune boosting components.
Go for a walk, jog on a treadmill, dance, play tennis, do yoga – is doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something. Not only does exercise help to keep you in shape, it helps get your blood flowing, will help keep you warm and boosts your endorphins. Just half an hour a day can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.
It can be hard during the Winter months to get motivated to go outdoors, but it’s important to get a few minutes’ exposure to the sun when you get the chance. Vitamin D is vital for strong bones and is important for overall health and wellness. There are small amounts of vitamin D in foods such as fish, eggs and milk, however it’s difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from food alone so step away from your desk or get up off your couch and head outside and get some rays.
Staying hydrated, especially in Winter, is vital in maintaining good health. It is recommended to drink around 8 glasses of water per day which can be difficult in Winter when you often don’t feel like a cold drink. Keep a water bottle with you and sip away throughout the day.
Sable Pharmacy offers a range of medical supplies, vitamins and supplements to keep you and your family in excellent health all year round. For friendly service and advice visit one of our three convenient locations or enjoy the benefits of our home pharmacy delivery service.
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