Expert tips to prepare you for the flu season

In autumn and winter people catch colds more often, and pharmacists admit as much. However, your time in wintry Latvia doesn't have to be ruined by a simple cold, and specialists from Latvia told Latvian Television Wednesday how to avoid getting sick from the germs proliferating outside.

"Yes, people are more often turning to the drugstore for cold and cough medications and anti-inflammatory drugs that have antihistamines and, for example, paracetamol in them [..]," said pharmacist Baiba Gūtmane.

While drugstore clients said that they often use common sense coupled with prophylactic medications such as vitamins. One Evija told Latvian Television that she keeps her children dressed appropriately for the cold, and self-medicates with green tea and honey. 

Family practitioner Ligita Marnauza stated that those who wanted to strengthen their immune systems should have set at the task much earlier with a healthy lifestyle - including eating healthy food, doing exercise and leading a non-sedentary lifestyle. But it's not too late to start doing these things now.

Nutritionist Eva Kataja said that in autumn and winter people shouldn't forget to eat vegetables and fruit.

"We can add sour products like cabbage to our daily ration, or drink kefir. Besides, it's also important to prepare frozen berries, such as cranberries," she said.

The olden Latvian ways of treating a cold should also be considered, concluded the story - garlic, onions, honey, herbal teas and everything rich in vitamin C will also be of great help to reduce the chance of catching a cold.

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