The cold season changes our environment in ways that challenge our body: more germs to catch from the office, school, gym, planes or public transportation; extreme temperature variations; less sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities…
The smart thing to do is to prepare our body to meet these challenges and continue to enjoy good health. Prevention is key for getting through the cold and flu season successfully. It is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections.
During periods when you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to virus or bacteria, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to function properly and successfully prevent infection from occurring. When that happens your objective is simple: relieve symptoms and get better fast.
The people who are most at risk of catching a bug are smokers. So if you are stressed, lacking sleep and smoking (usually more when stressed), then your risk level is quite high because all those things affect your immune system. Continue reading >