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Take your vitamins, fight colds and flu

Although flu occurs throughout the year, it usually peaks during the cold winter season.

According to research, the upcoming flu season is expected to have a major impact on South Africans — more so than previous years.

Michelle Jooste, a dietitian at Vital Health Foods, says Vitamin C is one of the best preventative measures to support your immune system during the winter months.

“Food sources like oranges, guavas, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables are high in Vitamin C,” says Jooste.

Every year a large number of people miss work and school due to the common cold.

It is especially bad for children, as they could have up to 10 colds a year, in contrast to adults who only have two to four colds per year. In addition, preschoolers are three times more likely to suffer an infection than small kids at home.

Jooste says flu can have a debilitating impact on the health of the whole family, as quite often it takes only one infected family member to knock down an entire household.

However, it is possible to stay protected this winter.

Here are some tips:

Take a Vitamin C supplement — it goes a long way to strengthen the immune system. A strong system is essential for reducing the risk of contracting a cold or flu.

Consider an effervescent if you are active — Effervescents are ideal for people with an active lifestyle and allows for an on the go boost.

Ensure the whole family takes a multivitamin — Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin A all contribute to healthy immune function.

Multivitamins that contain these ingredients reduce the risk of getting colds and flu. They further ensure you get the nutrients and minerals you need to function optimally.

Remember, adding supplements to your daily routine is an easy way to get the nutrients you and your family need to survive this winter.

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