There’s nothing I love more about fall than crisp cool weather, my beloved pumpkin spice tea, leaves changing color, MLB playoffs (Go Giants!), caramel apple cider, cozy sweaters and tall boots. Unfortunately with this great season also comes the dreaded cold and flu, diminished levels of vitamin D, and dry skin, especially for the 35 million who suffer from eczema. REDBOOK magazine’s Morgan Thompson was kind enough to join me once again, this time to talk about preventing and treating the common cold and flu, simple tips for obtaining vitamin D, and treating dry skin this season, so you can look and feel your best!
Candace Rose: What’s the secret to staying healthy this season and where do we start?
Morgan Thompson: “Well, we’re going to start with cold prevention because when fall comes, the colds come. I know it happens to everyone, I’ve already had my first cold of the season, and it makes it so easy to get sick when the weather changes. When it comes to colds, we’re all about prevention, and a must have this time of year is Cold-Eeze. You can take Cold-Eeze at the start of any cold, or at any time throughout your cold and it helps shorten the duration of the common cold by nearly half. And it works so well because it allows for the release of zinc ions through your mouth that are going to absorb in your upper respiratory system, and that blocks the cold from replicating. You can pick them up at your local drugstores nationwide”
Candace Rose: How important are supplements for preventing illnesses and staying healthy this fall?
Morgan Thompson: “Yes, supplements are another way to stay healthy, get your body strong, your immunity up- and Caltrate is the number one calcium supplement. They just introduced a new formula which has double the amount of vitamin D, making it the most vitamin D rich supplement that’s available. Vitamin D is super important for your body because it helps maximize the calcium absorption to help with bone and muscle strength. Plus, leading experts tell us that up to 77% of Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D. This is a huge number of people who are at risk for falls or fractures, so it’s important to get these good nutrients from great foods like milk, cheese, salmon, broccoli as well as take a supplement like Caltrate. If you go to Caltrate.com or visit Caltrate’s Facebook page, you can find out more about living a healthy lifestyle and great tips.”
Candace Rose: How about staying healthy on the outside. Do you have any skincare tips to share with us?
Morgan Thompson: “I do. As the weather gets cooler, dry skin happens. It happens to me every year and I’m sure it happens to a lot of people. But unfortunately with the 35 million people who are living with eczema, the colder months are even harder for them. Now eczema is a chronic skin condition which results in dry itchy skin and a visible skin rash which can be challenging, stressful and frustrating because you just want to live a normal daily life. There are a lot of solutions out there, but we really love a trusted brand that is known for skin healing and that’s Neosporin. Neosporin Essentials is a skincare line created specifically for people with eczema. It’s great because the line includes a daily moisturizing cream which gives you great moisture, alleviates itching and irritation and best of all it’s clinically shown to restore visible healthier skin in three days. And if you go to NeosporinEssentials.com you can find out more information about eczema as well as the product line.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Morgan Thompson: “Yes, when it comes to staying healthy, especially in the fall season, you want to have a balanced diet and that means leafy greens, fruits and veggies, lean proteins, whole grains and you want to exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, get your heart pumping, get your body moving and also rest. Sleep is so important, I’m guilty of it. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, and so a lot of people aren’t getting that. So please make sure that you’re resting.
And lastly, talk to your doctor or nutritionist before starting any diet or exercise plan, or before taking any supplements because you want to make sure you’re taking the right amount of supplements for you.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Morgan Thompson: “For more info you can go to REDBOOKmag.com, or pick up our November issue which is on newsstands now.