Winter is here (1-4)
During the winter months it is difficult to stay healthy. Colds and the flu are two of the most likely reasons you will become sick this winter. Both are caused by viruses, which are airborne and consequently spread easily.
When infected people sneeze or cough, tiny droplets infected with these viruses enter the air – you can then become infected if:
These viruses are present all year round, but we are more likely to catch them during the winter months, which is why we refer to it as “seasonal”. (1,4) Seasonal flu is very common in South Africa, lasting from April to August and infecting 1 in every 3 children. (3)
Even healthy adults could expect to have a few bouts of colds per year but children are more susceptible because of: (1)
Other people who are also at risk, include those over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with diabetes and those suffering from heart, lung, liver or neurological diseases. (4)
Differences between a common cold and the flu (1-5)
In the beginning stages, the flu resembles a common cold with a blocked or runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat.
It spreads easily (1-4)
These viruses travel through the air in tiny droplets, so when someone coughs, sneezes or talks it is possible that you can inhale the droplets – this is called direct contact. You can also pick up the germs indirectly – by handling an object like a pen, telephone or keyboard that an infected person touched or sneezed over and by then touching your mouth or nose. When you have the flu you are infectious from the day before your symptoms show to about 5 days thereafter. Children can be infectious for up to 10 days after their symptoms started to show.
Tips on how to slow the spread of these viruses: (1,2,4)
It can lay you low (1, 2, 4, 6)
There is no cure for either the common cold or the flu so the best way to get over it, is to go through it. It would take you about a week to get better, so here are some tips on recovering:
We recommend Multivitamin + Mineral Formula, Multivitamin + Mineral for Children, Vitamin C Complex, Vitamin B Complex and Zinc Complex with Copper to boost your family’s immune system this winter.
FoodState®’s range of vitamin and mineral supplements with its breakthrough FoodState® technology is beneficial to the whole family, because it presents vitamins and minerals in a form that the body can recognise, absorb and use!
A healthy well balanced diet, enough exercise and a few helpful supplements could help your family live healthy active lives. We have compiled a list of FoodState® supplements, which may be beneficial over the course of this winter and to help you stay healthy.
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Here are some supplements to take that could help your family get through the winter months ahead.
Antioxidant Immunity Formula
Our bodies need oxygen. It is an essential element for life. When the cells in our bodies use oxygen to generate energy free radicals are created, which could be either good or bad for your body – too many of them being bad. This leads to what is called oxidative stress – which leads to ageing, arthritis and a break down in your immune system. (7) FoodState® has created an Antioxidant Immunity Formula, packed with antioxidants like Vitamins C and E. (7) Two lesser known, but equally important boosters to your immune system is also included – beta-sitosterol (a plant extract) and selenium. (8,9) Both of which in the right quantities holds benefits to keeping the flu bugs at bay.
Multivitamin + Mineral for Children
A child goes through several growth spurts – infancy, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence. Nutritional needs change for each stage of a child’s development – and it differs from child to child. (10) Even if you provide your family with a healthy diet they may still develop a deficiency due to the nutritional content of foods or because their active bodies are burning through their stores of nutrients faster. (11-14) To prevent nutritional deficiencies from lowering your immune system we recommend FoodState®’s Multivitamin + Mineral for Children. It contains many vitamins and minerals to boost growth and development in your children and it is also available in a chewable format. Adults and older children could take the Multivitamin + Mineral Formula.
Vitamin C Complex (1,6, 15)
Vitamin C is important for the growth and repair of all cells in the body, e.g. skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It helps with the healing of wounds and to maintain and repair bones and teeth. It is also an antioxidant, which means it can reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Taking FoodState®’s Vitamin C Complex could help reduce the duration of a cold.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to produce red blood cells that are so important in carrying oxygen through the whole body. (16,17) Vitamin B can not be made by the body, therefore you need to provide it as part of your child’s diet or give it to them as a supplement. (11) Give your child FoodState®’s Vitamin B Complex to help their bodies convert food into energy and to maintain healthy brain function. (18)
Omega 3 Formula
This formula is also beneficial for your cardiovascular system health, nervous system development and to fight inflammation. (19) FoodState®’s Omega 3 Formula is a high potency fish oil supplement containing DHA and EPA*, and is free from mercury, dioxins and PCBs**.
*DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are polyunsaturated fats, which play a very important role in the functioning of our bodies.
**PCB: Polychlorinated biphenyl is a synthetic organic chemical compound of chlorine
Zinc Complex with Copper
Zinc is one of the main immune protectors and could help treat the symptoms of a common cold, and reduce its duration by nearly half. (1,6, 20) Zinc is needed for normal growth, development and sexual maturation. It is also helpful in regulating the appetite as well as the sense of smell and taste. Zinc has antioxidant properties and plays an essential role in the immune system. We recommend FoodState®’s Zinc Complex with Copper to help protect your immune system this winter.
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This month it is all about the ladies
Women go through many stages and changes throughout their lives. First there is childhood full of wonderment and a lot of firsts – first tooth, first day at school, first time you come home with a scraped knee. Then you turn into an awkward teenager as you battle your way through hormonal and bodily changes and experience the beginning of having periods every month.