There are several simple and common sense things that one can do to prepare for the winter season:
– Wash your hands frequently, especially after being in public places;
– Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth to minimize the spread of germs;
– Drink hot tea – germs that are in your mouth cannot live in your stomach.
Remember the value of boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is still an excellent supplement, much has been said about elderberry especially in combination with zinc, and vitamin D (which is also good for calcium absorption, especially in combination with vitamin K2).
People taking warfarin should talk with their doctor before taking vitamin K2. K2 promotes blood clotting which warfarin reduces.
Vitamin K2 was found to reduce the aggressiveness of cancer cells in a Japanese study. (Am J Clin Nutr 08;87:985-992)(J Bone Mineral Metab 00;18:216-222)
Vitamin K2 helps to distribute calcium properly throughout the body. It can help to prevent calcium from leaving the bones, as well as to stop the deposits of calcium in the arteries. Thus, vitamin K2 can support the body to minimize the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease.
One should continue to get plenty of rest, drink at least eight glasses of water daily, and eat a good, balanced with plenty of green leafy vegetables.
There is lots of new research out there; but, sometimes what your Mama told you is still the best prevention.