The weather is warming up, and you find yourself throwing all your scarves to the back of your wardrobe, and pulling out your shorts.

This is the time to enjoy the weather, and forget about everything winter – cold mornings, scarves and gloves, and of course colds, right? Wrong! Just because the weather is warmer, doesn’t mean that you can’t get sick.

“Many people believe that because summer is here colds are not a possibility; unfortunately this is not true – summer colds are real,” says Carla Yssel, brand manager for Linctagon®. There are different viruses that can cause colds, and they are easily caught throughout the year. “Being aware that you can get sick during summer is half the battle won. The same precautions you take during winter to avoid getting sick should be taken during the summer months,” says Yssel.

? Up your fluid intake and eat healthily; keeping hydrated and eating fresh fruits and vegetables gives you the essential vitamins and minerals you need to help avoid getting sick.
? Keep a hand sanitiser at work, or wash your hands regularly; germs can lurk in places you never think of – door knobs, cellphone, and even your colleague’s pen.
? Try and keep your stress under control; stress is a sure way to lowering your immune system and making you susceptible to catching a cold.
? When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, and throw it away as soon as you are done.
? Make time to exercise; when you exercise you increase the blood flow throughout your body which means that your immune system is better circulated to help ward off colds.

Even during summer, when you feel a niggle at the back of your throat, or your nose becomes blocked, Linctagon® throat spray containing Pelargonium sidoides and Linctagon® Nasal Spray containing xylitol and saline, to help moisturise the nasal passages and provide soothing relief when suffering from a stuffy nose* are the perfect handbag or desk drawer companions in the fight against getting sick.

*Efficacy of support may vary between users.

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