Winter-like weather is finally upon us here in Northern California and the dreaded flu season has returned too. Nobody wants to get sick, especially with the holiday party season upon us. Renowned pharmacist Jim Morelli was kind enough to join me for an interview this morning to dish on how we can prevent the flu, as well as simple ways we can shorten the duration of it too.
Candace Rose: What what’s the first thing we should do if we start feeling sick?
Jim Morelli: “The first thing you should do is decide whether or not you should go into work or go into school. Gone are the days when the hero was the one who comes in sick. You don’t want to be hacking all over everybody and you’re also not doing yourself any good. Your body needs rest when you’re sick and it’s important that you get that rest.
If you find yourself feeling symptoms of the flu, we’re talking bodyaches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue, I want you to get into your medicine cabinet and reach for what I hope will be there which is Oscillococcinum or Oscillo. The reason is clinical studies have shown that when you take it at the first onset of symptoms Oscillo can reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms.
Other things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick is take care of your skin. You want to get a high quality body lotion and use it through the winter. Remember winter air is drier than summer so we tend to get chapped quicker. If you get cracks in your skin you invite in microbes, you could get sick, you could get infections. That goes for your nasal passages as well, so you want to use a saline nasal spray, and you can use that everyday. That will help to keep your nasal membranes nice and soft and healthy.
The same goes for your lips. They really take a beating in the wintertime. They get dry, they get chapped, you get those little cracks on them that are very painful. I like Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment because it’s got an external analgesic or pain reliever. It’s been around for 60 years, people are reaching for it all the time.”
Candace Rose: What are some super foods we should look out for?
Jim Morelli: “Well, again, super foods are those kind of nutrient dense foods that perhaps may have a role in keeping us healthy. One example of a super food is apples. Apples contain antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamin C, fiber, potassium. Obviously they’re packed and I’ve got an apple option here. These are called Big Slice apple pouches. These contain cooked apple slices and they also contain whole fruits and super foods. These are on the go pouches. You can take them anywhere with you during the busy holiday season, they’re very nutritious and about 100 calories. You can find these at most grocery stores including Target stores.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Jim Morelli: “Try to get enough sleep. Sleep is so key to keeping our immune systems healthy. Seven to nine hours a night for adults is ideal. Those who do (get seven to nine hours of sleep) are better able to ward off infections like flu and the colds.
The same goes with exercise, 30 minutes a day. I don’t care if it’s just walking outside, bundle up and do it. You’re going to do yourself a world of good, you’re going to keep your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems functioning at a high level and that will help you to recover should you get sick quickly.
Don’t forget the flu shot, it still remains the best defense against the flu. It’s not perfect, but the best defense.
I would go to CDC.gov if you want to track and see how flu is progressing in the United States so far.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information on everything you mentioned?