How to Survive Cold and Flu Season during a Global Pandemic?
Author: Erin Lawlor, Millennia TEAm
After all that this year has thrown at us, can’t we just skip cold and flu season? I wish!
Cold and flu season never seems to skip a beat, it shows up each and every year and graces us with runny nosed toddlers, aches and pains, missed work time, and let’s not forget the dreaded “man cold”. Once one family member has it, it can spread through the household like wildfire and the next thing you know the whole family is under the weather, but does it have to be this way?
With an ongoing global pandemic, our already grueling cold and flu season could very well become even more of a nuisance and concern than ever before. Because the common cold shares many of the same symptoms as Covid-19, a simple case of the sniffles could grant you a one-way ticket to isolation station until you’re deemed fit to be amongst the public. Typically, once you are feeling well enough, it is not uncommon to return to work or school while still presenting mild cold symptoms. This year, however, (depending on the regulations in your province) this very well may not be the case. This could throw a major curve in your routine and could also mean lots of missed work time, especially for those with children in school who may not be allowed to attend while presenting symptoms. It seems more important this year, than ever, to do everything in our power to lesson the effects of this icky season and remain as healthy as possible.
What can we do?
First things first: We can do our part to STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cough and sneeze into your arm
- Carry Hand Sanitizer
- Disinfect highly touched household areas like doorknobs, light switches, and countertops
While we have always been taught to practice these helpful tips and they continue to play a crucial part in preventing the spread of germs.
What if we could also nourish our bodies in such a way to lesson the affects of the common cold or even prevent it all together?
We need to boost our body’s natural immunity!
The immune system protects our bodies from outside invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins (chemicals produced by microbes). It is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together.
A weakened immune system is not always strong enough to protect us from outside invaders, but a strong immune system attacks viruses upon entry and protects us from getting sick. While it is inevitable that we get sick once in awhile, a strong immune system can also help to lesson the impact of an illness and shorten its duration. Allowing you to get back to your busy life much faster!
Luckily, there are lots of things that we can do to strengthen our bodies and boost immunity:
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Stay active and exercise regularly
- Drink LOTS of water
- Try to minimize stress
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
Green Tea and The Immune System
Could FRESH TEA be the missing puzzle piece to surviving cold and flu season? While its not a cure all, incorporating it into your daily routine can really help boost that immune system.
Research shows Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the polyphenol antioxidant with the broadest and most potent ability to protect your body’s cells from disease.
A University of Kansas study found EGCG to be 100x more effective than Vitamin C and 25x more effective than Vitamin E at strengthening our immune system and protecting cells from free radical damage and disease.
Green tea is considered the most predominant source of catechins among all dietary sources. And tea is known for its ability to stimulate the central nervous system and cardiac function in humans.
MILLENNIA TEA keeps the tea leaves in their most natural state by flash-freezing within hours of harvest to preserve the maximum amount of EGCG antioxidants and associated health benefits. This means you get a whopping 5x the EGCG per serving in comparison to a traditional dried green tea found on the shelf and 15x the EGCG if you consume the actual leaves themselves.
Green Tea is a powerhouse when it comes to preventative measure for everyday wellness, as well as speeding up healing or soothing a sore throat.
4 Simple ways to Boost your Immune System with Millennia TEA:
- Sip it –Simply steep a serving of FRESH TEA leaves in your mug or tea pot daily and enjoy. You can continue to add more hot water to the same leaves a minimum of 3 times, providing you with antioxidants all day and all season long.
- Blender TEA- To obtain maximum antioxidants, toss a Millennia TEA cube in the blender, along with boiling water, fresh ginger (anti-bacterial), turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and lemon juice (anti-viral). Blend on high and then consume without straining
3. Make a tasty, healthy Smoothie- To give your entire family a powerful antioxidant-rich, immune boosting treat, add Millennia TEA to your favourite smoothie recipe. It is a virtually tasteless addition and sure to be a win with your little ones and gives them a quick health boost!
4. Cook with it - Another great option for the whole family. To add sneaky antioxidants to virtually any meal, pop a Millennia TEA cube or shake in some of our versatile Organic Chopped TEA into your soups, sauces or chilis. I promise your kids will never know!
By practicing a few simple tips and incorporating some new daily habits, you’re sure to ease the impact of this cold and flu season and keep your family healthy and happy
How will you use Millennia TEA to boost your immunity?
Let us know by using #teadonedifferent on SOCIAL and joining our amazing COMMUNI-TEA of FRESH TEA lovers!
Erin & the Millennia TEAm