It’s definitely starting to feel like spring in Northern California, my favorite tulip magnolia tree is in bloom, the daffodils have started to bud and it’s supposed to be near 70 degrees tomorrow (my apologies to my friends in the midwest and east coast). But just because the weather is getting warmer, that doesn’t mean we are out of the woods in terms of catching a cold or flu! In fact, cold and flu season doesn’t typically end until April. So how do we avoid getting sick? Renowned physician, medical contributor and Women’s Health columnist, Dr. Keri Peterson joined me yesterday to discuss just how we can stay healthy now that we’ve hit the mid-winter mark, and treatment options if you succumb to the dreaded cold or flu.
Candace Rose: What are some things that we should keep in mind as we hit the mid-winter mark?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Well, the most important thing to keep in mind is that we are at peak cold and flu season, so you still have to take all those measures to protect yourself. That includes washing your hands often, exercising regularly. Be sure not to touch your eyes, nose or your mouth because that’s how you spread germs. But if you do get sick, cough into your elbow so you don’t spread germs to other people.”
Candace Rose: You mentioned exercising regularly, do you have any advice if we haven’t hit the gym in a while?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “I sure do. One of the challenges with exercise is that people lose the motivation to exercise because they either don’t have the interest in getting outdoors or they feel more lazy, or because it’s cold out they get more aches and pains. But don’t let those aches and pains stop you, you still need to exercise regularly. And you can find pain relief with BENGAY products. They are the number one doctor and pharmacist recommended brand of topical pain relievers, and starting now through the end of April they’re offering a whole slough of free health and wellness rewards. And you can learn more about that at BengayRewards.com.”
Candace Rose: Let’s say you are sore or you have a few aches and pains from exercising the day before; is it okay to exercise as intense or should you go low-key the next day?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “If you feel aches and pains from the day before, hopefully it’s just certain muscle groups. You can work out any non-sore muscle groups. But if you’re sore everywhere, then I would just recommend doing a light cardio- like a 15 to 20 minute cardio to loosen up and stretch.”
Candace Rose: Great! And what are some other ways we can stay healthy?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Well, it is peak cold and flu season, and if you get a cold, the first thing that I suggest you do is to use Cold-EEZE cold remedy because it will shorten the duration of your cold by nearly half. And how it works is the Cold-EEZE zinc ions are released in your mouth and they inhibit the cold virus from replicating and shortening your cold. They have a great new product, it’s Cold-EEZE cold remedy Plus Natural Immune Support. It has the zinc to shorten your cold, but it also has rose hips and echinacea, and that’s going to promote immune health and antioxidant support which will also keep you healthy. They also have one with natural energy, which can give you a natural boost of energy if you’re feeling malaised.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “I do suggest that you try not to succumb to a busy schedule- really take time to care for yourself by getting enough sleep, by eating a healthy diet, and by managing your stress.
If you can follow a lot of the things we talked about today, hopefully you’ll stay healthy the rest of the winter season.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?