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Cold And Flu Must-haves

What a summer, eh? We’ve tanned, barbecued and partied like it was 1976. How great was that? Next up: flu season.

With the first golden leaves of autumn comes the first round of viral misery.

What is flu and why do we get in the autumn and winter? Influenza (flu) is an infection of the lungs and upper airways, which is not to be confused with the much milder common cold. With flu comes fever, muscle ache, headaches and extreme fatigue. Symptoms last up to seven days and complications can include bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. We catch flu from being around those infected (cough or sneeze into a tissue please!) or from touching surfaces they have touched, such as doorknobs, where the virus can live for up to 24hrs. Flu is highly infectious and nobody at your office, especially your boss, will thank you for ‘powering through it’.

Flu travels through populations all year round, but people become ill ten times more often during ‘flu season’. Theories why abound – perhaps it’s because we are indoors more? Cold means the virus is preserved longer? Our protective nasal membranes are dehydrated in cold weather? Nobody quite knows.

Here are some tips we can use to avoid flu or minimise its effects:

>Wash hands and surfaces. (A no-brainer, but still)

>Avoid people with flu. They must suffer alone

>Consider taking the flu vaccine if over 65, pregnant or suffering with a long-term illness

>Boost our natural immunity with exercise, sleep and diet, the staples of a healthy lifestyle. When we exercise, blood circulates to every cell in the body, creating a more efficient system that wards off infection more easily. Exercise and adequate sleep also help us cope with stress, which can compromise immunity. Much of the activity of the immune system happens in the digestive tract, so good food is vital to health. Fruit and veg are also rich sources of antioxidants which combat invading viruses

>We also have some great anti-flu must-haves at our disposal! Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold, influenza and seasonal allergic reactions. It stimulates the immune system kicking it into action fast working on three levels to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Our Irish Botanica Echinacea contains a full spectrum tincture extract of Echinacea made from 100 % E. purpurea root. It supports the immune system and helps the body fight infection. It’s  Ethically sourced and produced and 100% Irish Brand

>One Nutrition P4-MAX is a rich blend of powerful antioxidants and polyphenols including Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Pine Bark and Pomegranate Extract as well as Vitamin C. These potent ingredients work together to create an incredibly strong antioxidant effect and support the immune system. Great little product for those fighting a cold or flu. Suitable for vegans too. An excellent product to have for those who struggle with seasonal allergic reactions

>Sometimes you just need to hole up and be kind to you. For this, a hot water bottle, Netflix and a nice scalding cup of ginger and lemon tea are true must-haves

Wishing you a not-so-bad flu season!

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If you follow a well-planned vegan diet, you’re probably getting abundant amounts of most nutrients a multivitamin provides. But a few nutrients may fall through the cracks, so a vegan multivitamin can be advisable. Few vegan foods are good sources of zinc or iodine.

 Multivitamin and mineral blend with Omega 3, formulated to support plant-based diets.

 Contains high levels of important nutrients such as B12, D3, folate, and iodine specifically selected to support plant-based diets.

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They found that people who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease, but a higher risk of stroke, possibly partly due to a lack of B12. The researchers found that those who didn’t eat meat had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters.

  • Multi-nutrient support for plant based diets, containing Omega 3 from an Algae Oil Blend
  • Rich in DHA and EPA, along with Vitamin D3, B3, B6, B12, Folate, Iodine, Selenium, Iron and Zinc
  • Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
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  • Vitamin B6 contributes to normal psychological function.
  • Folate contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
  • Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal vision.
  • Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails.
  • DHA contributes to maintenance of normal brain function the full beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA.
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  • Vegan

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Olimp Labs Gold-Vit® C 1000 Vitamin C – 30 Capsules

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

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Udo’s Choice® Ultimate Digestive Enzyme Blend

Digestive enzymes help your body break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This is necessary to allow for the absorption of nutrients and to maintain optimal health. Without these enzymes, the nutrients in your food go to waste.

A unique blend of 7 plant based digestive enzymes to assist in the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibre.

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