Staying well while traveling and going to conferences, Zinc!

 

So I've gotten an email from the office giving us some health tips, which I'd love to share with you guys

 

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Hey, everyone - this is not medical advice, in fact it is not advice at all, but I am sharing with you some things that have worked for me to avoid picking up illnesses while traveling and attending conferences (please, don't forward this outside the company, thanks!):

 

Zinc - Scientists are verifying what Moms have known for a couple decades - Zinc can reduce the severity and duration of colds and flu.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12462910

 

My own "do's and don'ts" for using Zinc:

*DO use Zinc lozenges while traveling on airplanes, or in meetings, anyplace where there are lots of people around

*DO take Zinc lozenges or Wellness Fizz drink, before bedtime each day while attending conferences

*DO take Zinc at the first signs of symptoms of colds or flu

*DO NOT take Zinc on an empty stomach, that can cause nausea

*DO NOT take large quantities of Zinc, nor take Zinc every day - too much Zinc causes other health problems

 

Some other hints:

-My doctor told me that the cold virus thrives at temperatures below 68 degrees; conversely the least hospitable environment for the cold virus is warm, humid air.  He said that going to Hawaii is a great way to get rid of a cold, but if that is not an option then try keeping the bedroom warm at night while sleeping.

-Drinking plenty of fluids does seem to help, especially warm liquids like tea

-I do use hand sanitizer.  It is great that some companies now have small containers of hand sanitizer as give-aways at their booths at conferences.

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