As if the approach of winter wasn’t bad enough with less daylight and more cold, the much dreaded advent of the colds and flu season approaches fervently!
The average speed of a sneeze is about 161km/hour, and with each sneeze a germy wallop too, spreading about 4 600 droplets and nearly 100 000 germs. Influenza viruses are thought to spread from person to person primarily via droplet transmission in coughs or sneezes that may travel as far as 1,83m!
Just the thought of how imposing a sniffle can be is enough to make you sick!
But it’s not just the germs that we need to look at
Today’s fast pace coupled with the increasing demand to perform and excel commands a lifestyle that sees so many of us pacing through life trying to do everything that society dictates we can!
We are required to manage through countless tasks seamlessly, often inducing an everyday feeling of stress and anxiety that sees the majority of individuals, young and old, enduring increased heart rates, nervousness and feeling stressed!
How are you? I feel stressed?!
A full day’s activities and work results in not only an impact on the mind but also in an overall response by the body to the increased stress. Often this results in fatigue, reduced energy due to long hours, fewer hours sleeping… and often a resultant and lowered immunity. Additionally, in order to cope, we engage in behaviours that may include poor dietary habits, increased alcohol use or changes in sleeping patterns.
Our bodies are so well designed to keep us strong and fight off most disease causing bacteria and germs, however when we are not in a state of optimal health, we fall susceptible to picking up an infection of some sort. One of the most vulnerable factors that contribute to reduced immunity and defence is stress. In South Africa, the impact of stress is far reaching, and with anxiety being one of the most common mental complaints, affecting one in five South Africans.
External factors may affect the physiology of the body, significantly altering immune functioning. Immune cell subsets are reduced in quantity, and the effectiveness of the immune systems response is negatively influenced.
Other risk factors
Additional factors such as poor nutrition, increased alcohol intake, exposure to cigarette smoke, multiple medications, and reduced exposure to sunshine reducing vitamin D production (required to enhance respiratory health – an essential for those vulnerable to repeated bouts of chest infections and bronchitis) may suppress a wide range of immune responses and weaken our defences by impairing the function of white blood cells that make up our immune systems.
Stay sniffle-free this season with Ginsana®
Stay sniffle-free this season, and triumph at winter wellness with Ginsana® by optimising your greatest defence mechanism – your immune system!
Ginsana® has been clinically shown to support the homoeostasis of immune system functioning, and improves the resistance of the immune system in response to pathogens.
The standardised extract of Panax ginseng, G115, (containing the optimal amount of active compounds required to enhance immune system functioning, namely 4mg ginsenosides) contained in Ginsana® has been tested for more than 40 years in numerous clinical and preclinical trials.
Ginsana® has been shown to:
- strengthen immune functioning and response by stimulating the production immune cell subsets involved in fighting infective agents and keeping us healthy
- increase antibodies (white blood cells protective against infective agents)
- reduce bacterial counts
- reduce the risk of catching colds and flu threefold
- reduce the duration and severity of colds and influenza
- potentiate the effect of the influenza vaccine
Approaching and throughout change of seasons and winter effective hygiene and other preventative measures should be practised to maintain health, prevent contracting flu – and, should you fall sick, strengthen your immune defence!
You may want to include Ginsana® as part of your daily medicine intake! 2 capsules a day may keep the germs away!
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