With one of the worst cold and flu season’s in history upon us, Women’s Health magazine’s features editor Sascha De Gerosdorff joined me to discuss simple ways we can help prevent getting sick this season, and what we can do to help combat it if we’ve already been hit.
Candace Rose: With the new year upon us, what can we do to keep our resolutions and where do we start?
Sascha De Gerosdorff: “Well, the first thing you want to do is make sure you don’t get sick, because when you’re sick you’re obviously not feeling your best and it’s really hard to stick to those resolutions. So at Women’s Health, our best advice is probably your doctor’s best advice too- is wash your hands. Anytime you think you might have come into contact with germs use soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, that is the key. You’ve got to do it for the whole 20 seconds, that’s going to kill the most germs and keep you the healthiest.
Now of course you can’t always avoid the cold or flu, so if you start to feel sick, like you’ve got a scratchy throat, runny nose; what you can do is go to the pharmacy and grab something that has zinc in it. Some studies show that zinc shortens a cold by nearly half the time- great when you’re feeling sick. You can try Cold-EEZE which does have that zinc, it does release zinc ions into your upper respiratory tract and helps you get over that sickness so that you can get back to your life and start working on those diet and exercise and sleep resolutions.”
Candace Rose: What else should we be doing everyday?
Sascha De Gerosdorff: “Well, another thing you can think about is cutting a little bit of stress out of your life. I know that sounds impossible, everybody is running around like crazy, we’re all super busy but a lot of us don’t know that stress and chronic stress really does a number on your immune system. It really, really pushes down your immune system that your body can’t fight off invading viruses or bacteria. So what you want to do is whatever it takes for your body to come down and relax- yoga, breathing, meditation- whatever that is, try doing that a couple minutes a day, build that up, make it a regular practice and guaranteed you’re going to start feeling better.”
Candace Rose: How about when it comes to diet?
Sascha De Gerosdorff: “One thing everyone is always talking about is eat your fruits and veggies. I’m here to tell you it’s a definite must. New studies show that people who eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day are much happier, healthier overall and have higher levels of mental health. So great things! A quick easy tip to remember is you want to eat fruits and veggies that are very bright or bold in color- so avocados (bright green), broccoli (bright green), beets which are bright red, berries have those nice vibrant colors. The brighter the color the more vitamins and nutrients it has in it to keep you at your best.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Sascha De Gerosdorff: “Absolutely. We’re also huge proponents of exercise (obviously), so the two things we’re thinking about is sit less, so stand up when you’re at your desk or on the phone, walk down the hallway instead of sending an email, stand in meetings instead of sitting. Those are little forms of exercise that are going to build up and help you be better, be happier, be healthier all year long.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Sascha De Gerosdorff: “So Women’s Health, always on newsstands every month, our current issue is out now; and you can always check us out online at WomensHealthMag.com.”