Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare . The opinions are my own.
Christmas is over, and it is time to get back to the grind stone and gear up for our new year. One thing that can definitely put a stop to our productivity this winter is the cold and flu season. But never fear! We can survive! Today I’ve got 5 simple tips to help you survive this year’s cold season, and we’ve got a $25 Visa gift card giveaway from our friends at Pfizer, the makers of Advil Cold & Sinus.
1. Advil Cold & Sinus – When cold and sinus pressure have you down, take Advil Cold & Sinus. It is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand to treat your worst symptoms. Its non-drowsy formula contains 200mg of ibuprofen to help relieve pain and reduce fever, plus the nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine. The coated caplets are very easy to swallow, and the dosage makes the product easy and convenient to take, at just pill every 4 to 6 hours.
2. Essential Oils – There are a number of essential oils and oil blends that have antibacterial properties and may help to prevent sickness, as well as relieve your symptoms. I use a blend called Purify by Eden’s Garden and Four Thieves by Botanicare. (You can also find equivalents to these products in other brands.) I diffuse these oils to help kill germs and prevent odors in our home and to promote overall wellness. And then I also use a blend called Breathe Easy by Gurunanda. This is a great blend to diffuse when you are actually sick, because it helps to clear your head and help you to breathe better.
3. Stay Hydrated. It’s always important to get plenty of fluids, but this is especially true during the cold and flu season. Drinking plenty of water helps us to maintain proper body temperature and it aids our metabolic processes and helps our body to function properly. And as your body fights to maintain a warm body temperature in the winter, it can lead to dehydration, which can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination. You are also at a greater risk of dehydration when you have a cold. The solution is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water today. And if you struggle to drink enough water, try adding flavor packets or better yet, add electrolyte tablets to your water.
4. Multivitamins and Vitamin C – It is recommended that adults take a daily multivitamin to maintain health and wellness. You should always consult your doctor to find out which multivitamin and what other supplements are right for you and your lifestyle. Aside from a multivitamin, many people take on a Vitamin C supplement during the cold and flu season to prevent sickness. One such supplement that I enjoy is Emergen-C. It is a powder that fizzes in water, and it contains not only Vitamin C, but also other essential nutrients, 7 B vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.
5. Wash Hands – During cold and flu season it is very important that you wash your hands frequently. You should also keep hand sanitizer and santizing wipes on hand for when you are unable to wash hands. Also, whenever possible, you should avoid touching things that may be dirty and covered in bacteria and wash your hands after hand these items. This includes door knobs and light switches, public bathroom areas, shopping carts, public doors, store counters, and money.
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