from the blog.

Attention Students: Avoid Getting Sick During the Flu Season

As a student spending so much time in crowded classrooms, you are particularly susceptible to catching a cold or the flu in the winter. Below are some tips and tricks to stay healthy in the winter months:

Wash Your Hands

Colds and germs are spread through contact with other infected individuals. After sitting in classrooms shared by thousands of other students, make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds according to the CDC.


One study showed that people who don’t exercise are 3 times more likely to get a cold than people who exercise 5 times weekly. Another study found that people who exercise have less severe colds than people who don’t. Especially as a student, it’s important to exercise regularly to decrease stress and help your body fight any germs you come into contact with throughout the day. Be careful to wash your hands and clean off equipment before (and after) use to stave off pesky winter germs.


Probiotics are live organisms which can provide health benefits when consumed in adequate concentrations. These organisms, including Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Propionibacterium, have been shown to decrease the severity of colds. Some research suggests that probiotics release substances which have antibacterial properties and reduce toxins, as well. Probiotics can be especially useful to take regularly throughout cold and flu season to help avoid getting sick.

Vitamins C & D

Based on several studies, daily vitamin C reduces frequency of colds in people who participate in rigorous exercise. We suggest taking 500mg of vitamin C twice daily during cold and flu season. In addition, some studies have shown that people with higher vitamin D levels in their blood are less likely to develop colds. We suggest vitamin D supplementation of 2000 IU to 5000 IU daily to help prevent getting sick this season and to reduce the duration of your cold.


You may also like

Living a Stress-Free Life in a Stressful World

By Jerome Stone, MA, RN Swamped and Stressed? Join the Club! Do you ever get a sense that how you’re engaging in your life could be a lot less stressful? Do you ever feel like stress is driving you and you’re in the passenger’s seat? We’re living in an increasingly complex and connected world, where […]

Nutrition and Your Children: Creating a Balance of Optimal Health and an Empowered Eater

Raising children is hard enough without having to think about every little thing they eat. But, like it or not, nutrition is a key component to raising healthy, happy kids. Especially in children, nutrition and exercise play an essential role in brain development, taste development, and food behavior far into adulthood. Because it’s National Nutrition […]


Because it’s Valentine’s Day and because February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, we think it’s time we talk about matters of the heart. Over the course of the next several weeks, we’ll be posting information about how to take care of your heart in a way that fits into your daily routine. For now, […]