Winter is stressful and tiring. Another six weeks to go! With longer commutes, cold and flu season and those short, dark days, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  The kids are picking up bugs from their classmates and half the office is out with a cold or flu.

So how can you help yourself escape this cold and flu season unscathed? Aside from gulping down orange juice, here’s how to successfully avoid those nasty cold and flu bugs.

What are some simple ways to avoid catching a bug in the first place? First, the obvious, wash your hands regularly with hot and soapy water. This destroys most viruses lurking on your hands, so when you touch your face or eat food you are less likely to catch something.

Get your rest. When your body is tired, it’s tough to fight off illness.

Boost your immune system. Try to eat foods high in vitamin C, like berries and citrus fruit as well as other immune-boosting food like garlic, yogurt and plenty of other fruits and vegetables. Bring on that glass of OJ! To keep your immune system in tip-top shape, look for a product containing a blend of low dose herbal and homeopathic remedies such as Echinacea, Baptisia and Eupatorium. These products can ward off cold and flu bugs even while those around you are ill.

Keep your body in balance. Many western diets are highly acidic. High acidity places stress on the body, and is associated with disorders like allergies, osteoporosis, digestive disorders and a weakened immune system. Eating products to restore balance and remove these acids from the body is key. An alkaline supplement or foods like celery, kale, potatoes and spinach prevent excess acids from building up in the body, and restore alkaline balance.

What happens when you take care of yourself, wash your hands and still catch a cold? Hey, it happens to the best of us.

Robbin 142Rest, hydrate, take steam showers and eat healthy, balanced meals. Instead of reaching for over-the-counter medications, seek more natural options that make you feel healthy, not drowsy and can be used for the whole family. Homeopathic remedies, like those containing Echinacea, promote a healthy immune system and relieve symptoms. Pascoe Canada offers products like Pascoleucyn, a homeopathic remedy used to prevent and treat colds and flus. These natural products can be found at your local health food store. So you can get back to enjoying snowmen, skiing and skating with the kids in no time.

Robbin Coedy BSc MSc is Managing Director and product specialist for PASCOE CANADA.  She has studied nutrition and nutraceutical science, and holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition. She has written and spoken on the topic of natural health for major lifestyle publications, health care professionals, patient groups and the general public.

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