Winter Health Tips & Suggestions

14th July, 2017

Germs generally only lead to illness when the body is out of balance and immunity is weakened. In winter, when flu is going around

and when viral contact is repeated, you are more likely to succumb. Thus, supplementing your diet with additional natural nutrients

may be crucial in supporting your immune system and avoiding nasty flu bugs.


Vitamin C

  • Acts on immune cells, increasing their production and activity.

Product suggestion: Cal-C Vita


  • Helps fight viruses for faster recovery from flu.

Product suggestion: A.Vogel Echinaforce Drops

Immune Boosters

  • Helps reduce susceptibility to cold and flu infections, assisting recovery.

Product suggestion: ViralChoice C

Coughs are caused by viral infections like flu, the common cold, allergies, environmental irritants, trapped foreign particles,

asthma or habitual smoking - and every cough needs specific treatment.


  • Stay hydrated
  • Take lozenges and hot drinks
  • Use a humidifier
  • Take decongestants
  • Use a suitable cough mixture

Product suggestions: Linctagon Cough Syrup, Prospan Cough Syrup, Dilinct Junior

Why use a humidifier:

Humidity acts as a natural moisturising agent that can relieve dryness. For this reason, humidifiers are often used for relieving

many conditions.

  • Dry skin
  • Dry throat
  • Sinus
  • Congestion
  • Nose irritation
  • Bloody noses
  • Dry cough
  • Cracked lips

Product suggestions: Humidifiers


Although a cold cannot be 'cured', this does not mean you must suffer. Adequate sleep and hydration will go a long way

to helping you feel better. Further symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and body aches can be effectively

treated to help you manage.


  • Decongestants or antihistamines
  • Lozenges
  • Nasal drop / sprays
  • Pain medication

Product suggestions: Vitaforce Colds & Flu drops, Sinutab Saline Nasal Spray. Med Lemon

Flu (or influenza) is different to a cold: it has a very rapid onset with generally severe fever  and can be more serious. Treatment

is often the same.

A fever occurs when the body temperature rises above it's 'normal' range of 37 degrees to 40 degrees, due to colds, flu and

other common infections. Above this, the body's own temperature-control, system starts being ineffective, resulting in fever,

which is characterised by a flushed appearance, chills, shivering, sweating and dehydration. Here are some tips to bring fever

down - but if it persists, seek medical attention.


Stay cool -Place a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms or legs. You could lie in a lukewarm bath. Both actions can

help bring down fever.

Don't overheat -if you get the chills, remove layers of clothing and blankets. Bundling up causes your body's temperature to

rise, and makes chills worse.

Pain medication -some over-the-counter medicines contain ingredients that fight fevers and chills, ease headaches and body pain

and soothe throats. Ask your Dis-Chem Pharmacist for advice.

Product suggestions: Panado, Panado Paediatric Syrup, Elektra Health+ i-Scan thermometer

Dry scratchiness and painful swallowing are the hallmarks of a sore throat, yet a sore throat may be a symptom of another illness,

usually a viral infection such as a cold or flu. In many cases, a sore throat is the first indication that you are getting sick.


  • Increase fluid intake, to help keep mucus thin and easy to clear.
  • Take an aspirin or paracetamol to ease the pain
  • Gargle with warm salt water
  • Suck on throat lozenges or use an antiseptic spray.
  • Avoid smoke and other air pollutants

Product suggestions: Viral guard throat spray,Strepsils

Wash your hands whenever you can.

  • Germs and seasonal bacteria are everywhere, on everything you touch: food, money, hand-rails, doors, desks, toilets and even other people.
  • The more you touch, the more germs you pick up and spread, increasing risk of infection for yourself and others.
  • To avoid risk, wash your hands as often as you can.
  • Keep sanitiser wipes and waterless cleaners on hand for when you don't have access to washing facilities.

Product suggestions: Safeguard Hand Sanitiser, Dettol Hand Wash


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