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Escape colds and flu
At this time of year many of us seek effective relief from symptoms of colds and flu. However, as there is no known cure prevention should be your goal! Echinacea, a popular herbal remedy, can ease your discomfort and help to strengthen your immune system. It has both antiviral and antibacterial properties and as such, it is widely used for upper respiratory tract infections. Echinacea is available as tincture, tablets, lozenges and a throat spray (very effective for a sore throat from personal experience). Echinacea can be taken everyday to help prevent symptoms of cold and flu during the Winter or to help treat symptoms at the first sign of a cold. Research shows that it can help to speed up your recovery time too! Vitamin C and Zinc taken as soon as symptoms appear can also reduce severity and length of colds. A healthy lifestyle will enhance your immune system and protect you from colds and flu. This means eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking plenty of warm drinks, getting plenty of sleep. Wash hands regularly as cold and flu viruses spread by direct contact. The Flu Vaccine will also protect against the most common flu viruses and the sooner you have it ,the better! Ask your pharmacist for advice or log on to www.orchardpharmacy.co.uk PAULA MORGAN, ORCHARD PHARMACY 23, MANDEVILLE ST., PORTADOWN tel 38 332 824
23 Mandeville St, Portadown
County Armagh
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