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Be Prepared for Winter

Being prepared is the best chance you will have for an illness-free winter. Reviewing your lifestyle, surroundings, medicines and potential supplements will ensure that you have taken as many preventative measures as possible.

Can you build your immunity naturally? 

Here are the Top 5 Natural Supplements that may assist your immune system:


  1.  Zinc supports your immune response and may aid your recovery from winter ills and chills.

  2. Research shows that if you regularly supplement your diet with Vitamin C you may reduce the duration of common cold symptoms. .

  3. Studies show that Vitamin B6 is important to keep your immune system healthy.

  4. Certain probiotics have been found to reduce the risk of the common cold as well as reduce the number of days with symptoms.

  5. Researchers have found that if your Vitamin D levels are adequate this may have a protective effect against coughs and colds.


Are you protected against COVID and the flu? Getting a vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against the these viruses. COVID vaccinations and boosters are available free of charge to everyone. The influenza vaccination is available for free to eligible patients. (over 65 or with certain medical conditions, or pregnant) 


Unfortunately viruses are not all we have to worry about during the winter season. Often your cold may turn into a more serious bacterial infection. Oral vaccines are available from pharmacies to provide you with protection from bacterial complications of colds.


Is your home warm enough? A warmer and drier home is a healthier one. A temperature of 18C to 21C is ideal.  Remember to block any draughts as this may lose up to 20% of your home’s warmth.


Winter can also be a more difficult time of the year if you have asthma, as symptoms are often triggered by changes in temperature. This means that now is an ideal time to review your asthma medicines with your health professional.


How well are you sleeping? Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.


“Be Prepared” It’s an old scout motto, but perhaps not just for scouts.

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