Tips For Preventing Colds & The Flu

Fall is here and winter is on its way.  That means the flu and colds are also on their way.  It’s not easy to prevent getting sick, but there are some steps you can take to make sure you are as protected as possible.  The first step is making sure you are aware of places you can pick up germs.  Stock up on the supplies you need to fight germs before they make you sick.  It’s also a good idea to stock up on remedies.  The last thing you will want to do when you’re sick is drive to the store and go shopping!

*Please note I received samples of some of these items in order to be able to write about them.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.  

Cold and Flu

Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, an infectious disease physician at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells us, “The #1 way to avoid contracting the influenza virus is this season is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is the best means we have to prevent influenza.  Good hand hygiene is also an important component of prevention as is avoiding close contact with those who are known to be sick with influenza.”  Find out more on Dr. Adalja’s blog.
Sometimes natural remedies work best.  According to Esosa Edosomwan of, “Papaya is a very nutrient dense fruit packed with beta carotene, vitamin A & C, iron, calcium, folate, potassium, fiber, and more. A small papaya contains around three times the daily recommended value of vitamin C, which is a nice whopping serving that can send a common cold running for the hills faster than you can say “Bless you!”
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND , Medical Advisory Board Member of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association at provides up with five tips to stay healthy this fall:1. Get enough sleep: 7-8 hrs a night or 6-7 and a nap during the day. This keeps your immune system strong.

2. Drink water: 1/2 your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water per day – staying hydrated also keeps your immune system functioning well.
3. Get your minerals: put 1/8-1/4 tsp of sea salt in every pint of drinking water for the 72 minerals in sea salt.
4. Take magnesium the anti stress mineral that is important for your immune system. Not all forms of magnesium are easily absrobed by the body. A highly absorbable form is a magnesium citrate powder that you can mix with hot or cld water – sip throughout the day. Magnesium has antiviral properties and hundreds of functions in the body.
5. Get happy! Affirm and be thankful for the good things in your life and more of that will come to you.
It IS possible to prevent the flu and colds. Here are some products that you can use to make sure you don’t get sick in the first place and if you do get sick, we’re also sharing with you some ways to make it as comfortable and short as possible.
Culturelle’s immunity boosting probiotics help keep everything thing our body in balance.  We all need our stomachs to work properly.  When your stomach has the proper bacteria, your body is able to fish off invaders and everything works as it should.  These are one small thing you can do right for yourself every single day.  It’s inexpensive and easy to do too!
Know what the germiest thing in your house is?  It’s your phone.  And it’s dirtier than the toilet.  If you’re like me, you just made a face.  Phone Soap is a disinfecting device that is easy to use…and kills almost ALL of the germs on your phone.  You set up your charging cable inside and simply close the lid and activate it.  UV light kills the germs, your phone charges and all is well with the world.  Well, at least you won’t get sick 🙂
I love those powder packets full of vitamins that you pour into water.  However, they usually also have sugar, artificial colors and other stuff you really don’t want in your body.  Volo Vitamins sells packets of little goodness (okay it’s vitamins and nutrients) in a small packet that’s easy to grab and go.  Nothing artificial, gluten free and no sweeteners.  The are available in immunity and energy varieties.  They aren’t sick sweet like the ones you’ve tried before, they are just right 🙂
Feel something coming on?  Try Natrol’s Immune Boost.  It has all those things you know you need to take like Zinc and Vitamin C. However, instead of taking drinks, drops and pills, it’s all in one little swallowable pill that you can grab with your morning coffee.  It starts to work within two hours of taking it too.  I can’t prove it works, but I’ve been taking it when I’ve had a tickle in my throat and I haven’t gotten sick this fall (knock on wood!).  I’m taking this with me when I travel from now on!
When you’re sick, it’s critical to stay well hydrated.  Drip Drop is an easy to use powder (lemon or berry flavored) that helps you maintain hydration.  Use this when you can’t keep fluids down or if you really need a pick me up on a busy day.  These are also awesome for travel.  The packets are easy to store and easy to grab and throw into your bag.  They have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
If you don’t want to use traditional over the counter medications, I recommend Boiron’s line of care products.  They are homeopathic and work via natural ingredients.  Some of my favorites that I keep in my arsenal are;
Chestal….it’s a cough syrup like no other.  With my asthma I sometimes get bad chest colds and have a hard time even sleeping.  This medication stops the coughing and allows me to rest comfortably.  It comes in a children’s formula too.
Roxalia is for relief of sore throats and hoarseness.  I use it all the time before and after speaking engagements to keep my throat clear and my voice strong.  I don’t know how it works, but it does.  I also use it any time I’m recording something like videos or radio show!
Oscilliciccinum is, in my opinion, the best thing you can take if you feel the flu coming on.  It works on symptoms like chills, body aches, fevers and headaches and shortens the duration and severity of your illness.  I keep a box on hand…just in case.
Coldcalm is what you need if you have a case of the sniffles.  Kids bring home colds, all the time.  Parents get sick in the office.  It’s hard to go through a winter season without one cold.  Coldcalm attacks sneezing, sniffles and sore throats.

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