How to NOT Catch a Virus: 5 Tips to Get you Safely Through Cold & Flu Season

As soon as colder weather arrives, you can see it happening.  Someone in your family comes home with the sniffles, or maybe wakes up with a scratchy throat, and like bowling pins, one by one, your family gets knocked out by a cold or flu bug. Is there any way to break the cycle? Or even better, stop a virus in its tracks?

Experts agree that while each person's health is unique, the key to staying well is a multi-layered strategy to boost your entire family's immunity and keep it high.  This way everyone stays protected, even when they're exposed to germs, viruses and colds at work or at school.

Making lifestyle changes can quickly result in a better defense system, because your immune system is either helped or hindered by its environment. And the changes don't have to be expensive or complicated. 

Here are 5 easy things you can do starting now to boost your immune system:

1.  Vitamin D3 for Everyone: Vitamin D is one of the most essential ways to keep your immune systems working at its best, because it helps maintain the body’s innate and adaptive immune responses. It's a proven way to reduce the number of days lost to winter illness.  Click here to catch up on the latest research from scientists and physicians on Vitamin D. 

Liquid drops are a great solution for busy families who are on the go - just one drop in a glass of juice or water and you can feel good knowing you've got your D for the day!     


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2. Establish the Best Sleep Routines for Kids: Set a goal for each member of the family to be in bed at the same time each night and to wake up around the same time each morning (weekends included).  Easier said than done, but the activity of the immune system adjusts according to our daily circadian rhythm. Since your immune system wants to rest at night, so should you!


Staying up late (for work or for fun) can leave you more susceptible to getting sick because your immune system is naturally less active through the night. 

If falling asleep or staying asleep is a struggle, there are a number of natural sleep aids that can help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. 

3. Watch Out for Signs of Dehydration:  Although we may think about hydration more on a hot summer day, it’s very easy to become dehydrated in the dry fall and winter months or when we spend most of our days indoors. 

And here's a big motivator to drink more water: Scientists have found that an inhaled virus likes to cling to the back of a dry nose and throat. So do what you can to keep mucous membranes moist, which will help to keep the bugs out.  Enjoy plenty of herbal tea, soup and smoothies, along with filtered water throughout the day to keep your whole body hydrated from the inside out.  

 4. Easy, Non-Sugary Snack Ideas: When everyone's busy, it's easy to turn to pre-packaged, processed snacks and meals. But sugar is one of our immune system's worst enemies.  Finding snacks that are cleaner and more nutritious is more realistically going to happen when you keep good options stocked in your fridge and pantry.

Look to natural fruit sugars to satisfy your family's craving for sweets - berries topped with yogurt, baked pears with honey and granola, or frozen bananas dipped in nut butter and dark chocolate.  With a little planning, these are all easy things to batch prep and keep on hand. Our instagram page features fresh, healthy recipe ideas if you're looking for more inspiration!


5. Lean on the Benefits of Zinc: When you feel that first tickle in your throat that tells you a cold or flu bug is lurking, it’s a good time to up your zinc intake. Studies have shown that people who take zinc supplements recover from cold symptoms days faster compared to placebo. The most effective way to load up on zinc while fighting a cold is to take them as sublingual lozenges that bypass the intestine. 

As cold & flu season rolls around again, make sure your family is ready by using these top tips to keep your immune defenses high.  Any other tried and true natural strategies you rely on to stay healthy? Please share them in the comments below!

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