As the temperatures begin to drop, we sat down with our expert pharmacist, Karen Baker, to uncover everything we need to know about the importance of self-care and the best preventive tips for keeping germs at bay during the winter months.
Karen Baker comments: “Colds are so common during the winter because there are more than 200 viruses that can cause a cold, and the human body simply cannot build up resistance to them all. The body is not as effective at fighting a virus when cold air enters the nose and upper airways, so viruses such as the common cold, can spread far more easily during the winter months.
“Some people are more susceptible to colds as their immune system is not as efficient, this could be due to a medical condition, or just their genetic make-up.”
Karen continues: “As the weather changes it can be difficult to stay on track when it comes to eating a balanced diet whilst also maintaining an active lifestyle, however, a good regime can not only help you feel your best, but it will also help build up a strong immune system.
“Here are some of my top tips for staying healthy and happy this winter:
“During the winter months, it’s so important that you stay hydrated; this helps support your body in fighting infections and maintaining your body’s temperature balance. We should be aiming for anything from 1.5 to 2.5 litres of fluid each day.
“Boosting your immunity this winter is key for keeping colds at bay. To do this, make sure you get plenty of sleep and are eating well balanced, nutritious meals, also ensure you get enough Vitamin C through eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s important to stay active and get plenty of fresh air, but also take the time to de-stress and relax.
3. Vitamin D is key
“Although it can be a challenge during winter, try to get as much daylight as possible. If the UK’s weather is making this difficult, Vitamin D supplements can be a great option. You should always speak to your local pharmacist for advice and guidance on product recommendations.
4. Practice good hygiene
“It goes without saying, but practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent catching a winter virus, whether this be the common cold, flu, or Covid-19.
“Ensure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, clean frequently touched surfaces, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
5. Speak to your local pharmacist
“If you are feeling under the weather, your local pharmacy is on hand to provide advice and guidance and will provide many over the counter remedies that can help with all-round cough, cold and flu relief. For a fever, pharmacists may simply recommend paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin to reduce temperatures and alleviate aches and pains, which can all be symptoms of the common cold.
“If you’re looking for an over-the-counter product recommendation, you should always speak to your pharmacist about the suitable remedies for cold and flu symptoms, as product recommendations may differ person to person.
“You can also relieve the symptoms of winter illnesses at home by making sure you get plenty of rest. Steamy showers can also help moisturize your nasal and throat passages.”
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