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How to Boost your Immune System #SDMFluFighters

As we head into the colder months the chances of facing cold and flu increase because germs and organisms survive longer in cold conditions. This means they have a better shot at people hopping thus the increased cases of illness.

Perhaps it can be compared to a game of ‘duck duck goose’, the chosen one very well could be the one which has their defences down. So, your best odd at winning are to build your defence by strengthening your immune system, so that it’s less likely that illness finds refuge in your body.

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How to Boost your Immune System

  • Exercise regularly
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and probiotics
  • Limit Stress
  • Drink adequate water
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Wash your hands frequently 
  • Get the flu vaccine

Most of the above ways to boost the immune system are good lifestyle choices that are better for the body and mind. Many of these are maintained through habit and are ones that you should actively work on.

Yet the immune boosting tip of getting your flu vaccine doesn’t require a long-term commitment and is very simple to get. Depending on how well the vaccine is matched to this year’s common viruses, 70-90 per cent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination. It’s one of the best defences out there.

Here’s an image that illustrates one of the great reasons why it’s important to get vaccinated, because sometimes sharing is not caring. Almost half of Canadians (46%) say they just aren’t that concerned with spreading the flu to others, and the same amount say they aren’t planning on getting vaccinated this year!

Well, that sets us all off to a bad start don’t you agree? I personally prefer the photo to the right than the left.

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Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the country are making it easy by offering flu immunizations administered by an injection-certified pharmacist at all hours, without an appointment, just walk-in. You’ve probably noticed the signs out already, I have!

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Keep this in mind when you stop at Shoppers Drug Mart for your shopping – with no appointment, you can walk out with those immune-boosting vitamins, having gotten some exercise and your flu vaccine!

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Where could you use some improvement in boosting your immune system?

 

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One Canadian reader will win a prize pack from Shoppers Drug Mart.

SDM Flu Fighters Prize Pack

With a value of $150, it includes the following items:

  • Life Brand Hand Sanitizer
  • Cough Drops
  • Vaporizing Cold Rub
  • Electrolyte Maintenance Powder
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Vaporizer
  • PC chicken noodle soup
  • PC facial tissues
  • PC Feeling Soothed Tea
  • $100 gift card

TO ENTER: Fill in the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: I am compensated for my part in the #SDMFluFighters program, all opinions are my own.

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  1. I take vitamins, make sure I drink a lot of water and try to get enough sleep. Plus I protect by getting the flu shot.

  2. I take vitamins, drink plenty of water, eat healthy and dress to what the weather is going to be like!!

  3. I wash my hands very often. I also take vitamins and I get my flu shot every year.

  4. I boost my immune system by drinking lots of water and washing my hands frequently.

  5. I boost my immune system by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, drinking lots of water and tea (and Emergen-C if I am feeling run down), getting fresh air, taking a multivitamin, and getting a flu shot.

  6. We take our vitamins and make sure we get lots of sleep. When you’re tired, you get sick quicker.

  7. I take a Daily Vitamin but, I am also told to eat an orange every day.. Don’t know if it works but, I like it..

  8. Lots of water, daily excerise and vitamins and as many veggies that I can get into me in the run of the day, and finally a good sleep

  9. We boost our immune system by making sure we eat lots of fruits and vegetables even though they aren’t always readily available.

  10. If I feel that my immune system needs a boost I up my Vitamin C intake for a few days.

  11. I take Vitamin C, try to get plenty of rest every night, hand washing & using antibacterial wipes on surfaces like shopping carts & door handles, etc.

  12. I always get my 7.5 hours of sleep and I walk a lot to get my exercise. I’m always the healthiest of my friends.

  13. I boost my immune system by a lot of fruit plus I use vitamins and usually I get a flu shot

  14. To boost my immune system, I make sure to exercise regularly, and wash my hands frequently!

  15. I wash my hands frequently, and take daily doses of vitamins. I also try to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

  16. We try to live healthy, balanced lifestyles to boost immune systems in our house! We always try to take vitamins, get the flu shot, and sleep well! Thanks so much for the chance! 🙂

  17. I boost my family’s immune system by ensuring that vitamins and supplements are taken daily and we also increase the amount of citrus fruits during Fall/Winter.

  18. I make sure I wash my hands frequently. I try to take vitamins daily and drink lots of water and eat healthy.

  19. I heard that if you put an onion on your bedside it’s suppose to take the toxins away and make you flu clear up faster. I’m gonna try that next time me or my family gets sick. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

  20. I take walks (especially since my legs have bad circulation) wash my hands often Take a LB multivitamin daily Vitamin C chewable Xx And have gotten my flu shot at my neighbourhood SDM ????

  21. I wash my hands often, I eat healthy, plus I take vitamin C and a multivitamin through the winter months.

  22. we boost our immune systems by taking a daily vitamin, drinking lots of water and making sure we get lots of rest

  23. I boost my immune system by drinking plenty of water, washing my hands, and getting a good nights sleep.

  24. I boost my immune system by eating more fruit and vegetables. I try to keep a regular schedule of walking and stretching during the winter months.
    I also get a flu shot every fall and encourage my family and others to do so as well. Thank you for your trips.

  25. I boost my immune system by exercising regularly and eating power foods come fall and winter.

  26. My tips are to eat lots of fruits and veggies, take vitamins, and wash your hands constantly!

  27. I try to remember to take daily multi-vitamins….drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep!?

  28. We cook fresh meals from wholesome foods and try to avoid restaurants & pre made foods

  29. I try to remember my vitamins (i’m bad at it though) but I do try to eat a well balanced diet with lots of fresh produce, even in the winter.

  30. I try to stay away from sick people however you sometimes don’t know someone sick so I swear by keeping your hand scrubbed and sanitized if you can’t wash them and eating healthy never hurt anyone.

  31. I need to do more for myself, I try to take vitamins and eat more fruits and veggies. Thanks so much for this chance to win <3

  32. I eat healthy all year long as well as take vitamins to feel better. First sign of the flu I make chicken soup!

  33. I take vitamin D and eat a balanced meal also am trying to get more exercise by either walking or riding my stationary bike

  34. I haven’t done anything really to be healthier etc but I was given a bottle of vitamins and am starting to really want to be healthier etc so this would definitely help I’m sure my iron is low and I don’t have enough vitamins in my system so this would really help and I love shoppers!!

  35. I wash my hands faithfully get plenty of sleep and use cinnamon and raw honey weekly

  36. I boost my immune system by drinking water, taking vitamins & eating lots of ginger & garlic!

  37. I try to boost my immune system by being proactive when it comes to my health. I try to eat healthy, whole foods, take my supplements and get my rest. Doesn’t always work, but I am more aware. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.

  38. It would be great to win a Shoppers Drug Mart Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    How do you boost your immune system?
    I drink Orange Juice,take Vitamins and try to get enough sleep at night.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  39. I try to eat a lot of vegetables, beans, fruits and salmon for protein. I also get the flu shot every year.

  40. I am a vegetarian and eat as many different colours of vegetables,beans and fruits as possible.I also use supplements

  41. Elderberry syrup, raw garlic and drinking lots of water. Also, getting enough sleep.

  42. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night

  43. I try to avoid sugar, which depresses your immune system. I also try to go for a daily walk, because exersice boots your immune system.

  44. The tea that comes in the basket is amazing. I drink that all the time. Delicious. ????

  45. I drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep and always dress according to how to the weather is going to be.

  46. i will take my vitamins, gargle with salt water if i feel a sore throat coming on, take my zinc supplements and eat my fruits and vegetables too!

  47. I try to get 8 hours of sleep a night, drink lots of water and take echinacea at the first sign of a bug.

  48. I make sure I drink a lot of water and take vitamins – more in the winter than I do in the summer months

  49. I am constantly washing my hands and ensuring everyone in our home does so as well. I also tend to steer clear of anyone who is sick and not feeling well.

  50. I try to wash my hands all the time but I am exposed to so many germs at work. 🙁 Suffering from a cold right now!

  51. I boost my immune system by getting lots of exercise, eating a healthy diet with lots of veggies & fruit and by getting my flu shot. I am trying to reduce my stress and get more sleep, but finding that more of a challenge.

  52. I boost my immune system by making sure I get outside at least once a day! Fresh air is so important to your health!

  53. I boost my immune system by drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day. It sounds gross but it has made a huge difference for me!

  54. I boost my immune system by taking vitamins & zinc, stay hydrated, & get a minimum of 8 hours sleep.

  55. I try to eat well, get enough sleep and was my hands well with warm soapy water often throughout the day!

  56. I try to eat healthy, get exercise, and I take multivitamins and echinacea. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  57. My immune system is very low because I am battling cancer but I do get the flu shot and take vitamins

  58. I work with children, a lot of children. I drink a lot of water, I live with Theives in my necklace, diffusers, and on the bottom of my feet. I also take a daily vitamin and an extra vit c. Oh and of course, wash wash wash my hands.

  59. I try to wash my hands as often as I can during cold and flu season. I also double up on my vitamin c intake

  60. I always have good intentions about eating right, getting lots of all kinds of different nutrients, getting a good night’s sleep…and then I don’t do any of it and I get sick. I’m terrible at boosting my immunity!

  61. working with small children, I am in contact with GERMS all day everyday. some ways i boost my immune system is excersizing, eating well, taking ’emergen-c’ as well as multi-vitamins… also, self care is important, getting enough sleep and reducing stress.

  62. I boost my immune system by having a healthy diet, taking vitamins, drinking sufficient water, and getting enough sleep.

  63. I take a daily multi vitamin. But my natural remedy is whenever I feel a cold or sore throat starting I chop up a clove of garlic and swallow it in big chunks. A natural immuno boost. Works all the time.

  64. I clean my house as much as I can. I like to drink some orange juice. Broccoli is so good!

  65. I boost my immune system with vitamins and supplements. As important are sleep and good hand washing practice.

  66. Turmeric in everything and Oil of Oregano Soft Gels (Which I am out of) $20+ in stores but I found them on Amazon for $10 once. First sign of cold I take one CAP and symptoms are gone by the next day.

  67. our whole family takes a multivitamin daily but we also try to eat immune system boosting foods like oranges , broccoli and spinach

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