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Prevent Cold and Flu Symptoms this Year

With a long family history of heart health issues, there is nothing that I fear more than my heart health. Since I am genetically predisposed to the possibility of heart complications I have to work extra hard to keep my heart healthy.

So what can you do to increase the health of your heart as you age? You have multiple options. Even if you aren’t the healthy person you should be right now, you have the power to change that.

Red heart in hands of girl.

Exercise is a major part of your heart health. Not only will exercising make you feel better, but it will help create a stronger body and a stronger mind. By just going for a walk everyday, is a great start to healthy aging. A walk will help reduce stress and get your heart pumping to get you in better shape.

What other parts of your life can you change for healthy aging? Well, if you are a smoker, quit as soon as possible. Smoking can actually make your heart age faster and make your overall appearance poor. Find a program that will help you break the habit.

Make sure that you are getting wellness checks at least once a year. There is nothing more proactive that you can do for your health. Having a yearly check-up will help ensure that you are on the right track to a healthy life and a healthy heart.

Have a positive mentality about getting older. Staying positive creates less stress in your mind and on your body. It will also help you move forward with health goals. You need to have a plan to take care of yourself as you get older. Failing to do so can lead to poor heart health, which in turn, can lead to a shorter life span.

Take a step in the right direction today and see your doctor. Start making it a habit to go once a year so that you can monitor your heart and overall health.

Cold And Flu Symptoms Can Be Avoided

When you walk into public, are you taking the proper precautions to avoid cold and flu symptoms? Here are a few pointers to make sure you are protecting yourself.

While there is no cure for the cold and flu virus, there are ways that you can take care of yourself so that you can potentially avoid getting them. This year has been a particularly bad year for cold and flu, so maintaining your health is extremely important.

Ensuring that you are taking vitamins is just one of the ways that you can help yourself. Vitamin C is a good vitamin that helps keep your immune system healthy and running right. There are also products on the market, like Airborne, that you can dissolve in water and drink, and that are full of healthy vitamins to protect you from the cold and flu.

Proper hand washing is also a must. You can’t avoid germs. It’s just a fact of life. However, you can do yourself a favor and wash your hands frequently, especially if you are in a public place. The more things that you come into contact with and the less you wash your hands, the higher the risk you create for the cold and flu virus.

Wearing the proper clothing is also a way to protect you and your family. So often I walk down the street and find people that aren’t dressed appropriately for the weather. If your feet and your head aren’t protected from the elements it can be one of the fastest ways to get the cold and flu.

During the cold and flu season it is also a smart idea to eat at home. You never know who has a cold or flu that is preparing your food when you are out and about. Try to make as many meals as you can from home so that you know cold and flu germs aren’t being spread to you.

Take care of yourself. Getting the cold and flu has consequences bigger than just keeping you in bed. You also have to miss work and other activities in your life to get better. If you do get the cold or flu stay at home until you are better instead of passing it on to someone you know.



-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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