Avoiding colds and flu with a balanced lifestyle
The winter season is now in full swing, and with it the activity of flu viruses reaches its peak. This is why it’s important to face winter aware of the risks and preventive measures that limit the typical ailments of the season, and to implement some simple behaviors that protect the body from potential complications.
The effects of cold weather on health occur when the human body’s ability to adapt to low temperatures is reduced by certain factors, such as age, presence of chronic diseases, medications, and lack of adequate shelter.
The first guideline to adopt in order to avoid getting colds, or even worse the flu, is prevention. A mix of good dietary, hygienic and sanitary practices makes it possible to protect yourself from the colds typical of months marked by dropping temperatures.
It is useful to adopt a varied diet, rich in vegetables and fruits containing vitamin A and vitamin C. Maintaining a balanced energy framework should also include moderate consumption of simple carbohydrates and, above all, constant hydration.
Preventive hygiene actions
The best way to prevent the spread of viruses and germs is often also the simplest. As a matter of fact, frequent hand washing with soap and water or sanitizing products in fact keeps the early forms of cold and flu contagion at bay. Moreover, it is always good to observe good respiratory hygiene by covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with disposable tissues that will be disposed of properly. Voluntary isolation at home when showing symptoms of febrile or respiratory illness, especially in the early stages, would be advisable so as not to aggravate the situation.
However, preventive measures should not be limited to the kitchen or to simple common sense hygiene actions. Although cold weather may make people want to stay on the couch, giving up a breath of fresh air or a walk outside is never helpful. Regular physical activity helps bring in oxygen, stimulates blood circulation and boosts the immune system.
These actions will keep your body healthy, but they must be done by combining simple yet essential measures, such as wearing comfortable multi-layered clothing, wearing a waterproof jacket or coat (especially in wind, rain or snow), wearing a hat and always covering your nose and mouth with a scarf.
These measures make it possible to stay active even during the harshest months.
The role of vitamin supplements
Children and people with weakened immune systems are more fragile individuals, who tend to get sick more frequently and are consequently also more contagious. Physical movement, but especially the balance between an active lifestyle and good preventive practices, are functional in keeping seasonal ailments at bay.
To all this must be added the right amount of rest, which can also be followed by taking supplements that can support immune defenses and provide the right energy in the heart of winter.
Menarini has always supported people’s health through a wide range of products, including supplements based on zinc and vitamin C, but also copper, glycine and glutamine, creatine, arginine, and beta alanine, designed to support immune defenses during the cold season.