Winter is here and with it come the sniffles, coughs and scratchy sore throats.
But what many of us don’t know is that the “cold and flu season” is a myth, as the viruses live through every season – summer, autumn, winter or spring.
According to experts, without knowing or realising it, our immune system is fighting the battle against colds and flu every day.
Scientists say that colds are considered a mild illness in comparison to the flu because their symptoms are easier to decipher and battle. For example, a cold may give you a runny nose, sore throat or watery eyes – but the flu has the potential to keep you in bed.
Whether you catch a cold or the flu it’s important to know what to do to keep happy and healthy.
By following the acronym ARMOUR we can help keep our immune system strong and healthy.
A: Always exercise regularly. This is crucial as physical activities can help rid the lungs and airways of bacteria, reducing the chances of getting a cold or flu.
R: Remember to take an immune-boosting supplement. As well, shiitake mushrooms are known to enhance immunity and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen vitality.
M: Must get enough sleep every day. Lack of sleep can impair your immune system. Sleep is one of the key factors that help keep immune cells healthy and help our body fight off sickness.
O: Over analysing everything will only lead to stress, so do your best to avoid it. Stress weakens the immune system and can lead to chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
U: Understand the importance of getting regular medical check-ups. Visiting the doctor for an annual check-up will keep you updated on the health status of your body. Medical check-ups show what your body is lacking and help you make informed decisions to address any potential health concerns.
R: Remember to eat a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegies and whole grains. Eating the right food with a balance of all essential vitamins and minerals will help keep our immune systems strong and healthy.