Right now, the U.S., Europe and China are in the grip of severely cold weather. Winter, and its accompanying cold and flu season, is clearly upon us. Inclement conditions, along with short days, tend to keep most of us indoors, and in close proximity to each other. As a pharmacist, I come in frequent contact with customers who are suffering from colds or the flu, and you may wonder how I protect myself.*
To put things into perspective, we all constantly come into contact with disease-causing bacteria and viruses, but mostly, we do not get sick. Our bodies largely have the ability to protect us, and I think it’s important to remember that, especially during this time of the year when you hear so much about the H1N1 flu virus. Fear is one of our most powerful emotions, and it's well-known that the stress fear causes can hamper our immune systems. So I do not plan to worry myself sick, and neither should you!
During the day, I wash my hands frequently with soap and water. Yes, that can lead to dry skin, so I moisturize my hands with my current favorite among our hand creams, Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream. For severely dry skin, I might turn to Skin Food as a treatment right before bedtime. Also, I try not to touch my face, even though that is admittedly easier said than done. Plus, I make every effort to stay well hydrated, which helps make my skin look more radiant and supple. Drinking lots of fluids also aids in eliminating toxins. (The current recommendation on this is half an ounce of water for each pound of body weight.) My beverages of choice are hot green tea and water. When I’m feeling run down, I use Echinadoron, our dietary supplement for immune support ** for a few days, which I find remarkably helpful. It’s a unique combination of echinacea, chamomile and calendula, and you can find out more on our website.
More on ‘The Winter Blues’ in upcoming contribution, so stay tuned. I’d love to hear your tips for staying healthy during the winter. Feel free to share them with us here!
*This information is not to be considered medical advice. Only your doctor can provide medical advice.
**This statement has not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease.