It’s that time of the year again; the seasons are changing, and colds, flu and stomach bugs are beginning to affect many South African lives once again. To help prevent against infection, RecoMed have enlisted some of our top contributing General Practitioners to help provide you with some tips to fight off the flu in the changing weather.
Our GP’s have gathered four main ways to decrease the chances of catching a cold or flu as we move into winter.
- Get a Flu Shot
This is paramount according to Dr. Thabo Mafa of Roodepoort, Johannesburg. The most commonly successful method for fighting flu and preventing an infection is to receive flu shot before major season changes.
Dr. Wolfgang Waschnig of Tamboerskloof, Cape Town recommends a healthy focus on exercise to help stave off symptoms of colds and flu. A healthy, physically fit body is less likely to be susceptible to infection.
- Eat Healthy
Healthy eating habits, with a focus on balanced vitamin intake, are successful methods to avoid catching a cold. Dr. MD Rakumakoe from Mondeor, Johannesburg recommends a healthy balanced diet, and consuming a multi-vitamin supplement to help build resistance during the season change.
- Manage Stress and Maintain General Wellbeing
Dr. D.M Navsa of Crawford, Cape Town, recommends a focus on general wellbeing in combination with the above suggestions. The impact of high stress on the immune system weakens the body to become susceptible to colds and flu. The doctor suggests a routine for managing stress levels, in order to strengthen the body, such as yoga or meditation.
Stay healthy this spring with our guide to preventing colds and flu. If you are feeling a bit sick, do not hesitate to book and appointment with one of our many General Practitioner partners at RecoMed.
Already have a cold? Book an appointment with a trusted GP on our network now:
Dr. Asheeka Mahomet – Melville, Johannesburg
Dr. Wolfgang Waschnig – Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Dr. Johan Diedericks – Randburg, Johannesburg
Dr. Charles Chouler – Tokai, Cape Town
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