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Cold and Flu Prevention: Top 5 Tips

Are you wondering how you can keep the germs away from yourself and your family this sick season? From extra immune system support to healthy habits, we made a list of how you can prevent illness this winter. Keep reading to find out the best tips to stay healthy during flu season:

1. Don’t cheat on sleep.

One of the most important cold and flu prevention tips is to not cheat your sleep! Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep each night, while children require 10 to 12 hours of sleep in order to function at their best. If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, we have a variety of products for sleep support that can help you get back on a healthy sleep schedule!

2. Practice good hygiene. 

person washing hands for cold and flu preventionHealthy habits are a no-brainer when it comes to cold and flu prevention. Take a look at a few of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Avoid touching your hands or your mouth frequently. 
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Don’t bite your fingernails. 
  • Keep hand sanitizer nearby and use it frequently!
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Make note of high-traffic areas (kitchen, bathrooms, door handles, etc.) and sanitize contact surfaces consistently.

3. Drink lots of water. 

Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids throughout the day so that your body can properly flush out unwanted chemicals and harmful toxins through the detoxification process. Also, when you’re dehydrated, the body struggles to perform basic tasks, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Water is the best thing you can drink to hydrate, and we also recommend things like green tea for its strong antioxidant benefits!

4. Eat well. 

table of healthy foodAnother tip for cold and flu prevention is to eat a well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients and vitamins that will fuel your body. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals are key for supporting your immune system. Aim for more healthy fats and protein such as avocado, poultry, eggs, and nuts, and try to stay away from refined carbohydrates and processed foods with added sugars and sodium. The old saying really is true – you are what you eat!

5. Add smart supplements. 

At Purely Integrative, we pride ourselves on providing safe and effective supplements from high-quality, trusted brands. Here are a few of the supplements we recommend for supporting the immune system:

Vitamin D

Besides getting enough sleep, taking a Vitamin D3 supplement is one of our top tips for cold and flu prevention. It’s also one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the US! Available in capsule form and gummies, we also suggest a Liquid Vitamin D3 for kids that’s simple and convenient for on-the-go. 

IgG Defense Powder

igg defense powderKids and adults both can benefit from IgG Defense Powder. This supplement contains colostrum, which helps to bind up germs you’re exposed to and strengthens the immune-gut barrier. 

Respiratory Defense

Children can benefit from taking Respiratory Defense Junior, a chewable tablet that has a blend of elderberry, astragalus, zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, key nutrients necessary for optimal immune function. We also offer Respiratory Defense Complete for adults. 

We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind this sick season for cold and flu prevention! Your whole family will thank you for keeping them illness-free, and as always, we are only a phone call away to answer any questions you may have about our supplements! Are you interested in additional children’s vitamin and supplement information? Take a look at this list of daily supplements for kids and why we recommend them!

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