Health & Medicine

Integrative Medicine: Prevent colds and flu

Now that the holidays are almost over, it’s time to recuperate and get ready for the new year. The busyness of the season leaves many of us overstretched and sleep-deprived, and at higher risk for illness, including colds and flu. Now’s the time to put in place some practices that will leave your immune system operating at peak performance.

There are a number of supplements and botanicals that can help to reduce your risk of getting sick. They include the following:

And if you do get sick, here are a few things that can help to reduce the severity or length of your symptoms:

Help avoid illness by getting plenty of sleep, reducing your stress levels, working in lots of laughter every day (a great stress reducer), eating a healthful diet, getting moderate exercise, washing your hands frequently or using an alcohol hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, and getting a flu shot. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014.