BLOG: It's that time of year for a cold or flu to strike. Fortunately, there are a just a few items needed to stay ahead of illness, and they all can be found inside your local Stewart’s Shop!
Vitamin C is the most commonly publicized nutrient for flu and cold treatment. Unfortunately, there is very little evidence to support these claims. Instead, most research demonstrates that choosing foods rich in Vitamin C can help boost your immune system, only if eaten BEFORE symptoms begin. Therefore, now is the time to start protecting yourself with Vitamin C. In your local shop you will find that the coolers are flu-ready and full of Vitamin C sources. My best suggestion: Stewart’s Orange Juice Refreshers; just one-8oz serving provides 100% of your daily Vitamin C need!
For those who are unable to prevent the flu this season, it is important to be prepared when symptoms arise. Nutritionally speaking, the most important treatment for the flu is hydration. Consuming enough fluids may be a real challenge, but fever and upset stomach can easily lead to dehydration. Fortunately for those with symptoms, relief is no further than your neighborhood Stewart’s Shop!
Stewart’s Gingerale is the best choice for those with an upset stomach, as ginger naturally relaxes the muscles of the stomach. Other carbonated drinks, such as Stewart’s Shops® Seltzers, can also help by relieving the pressure in your abdomen. For those with fever, I recommend Stewart’s Sportade or Gatorade. These choices may be more successful in re-hydration than plain water because they provide the electrolytes that were likely depleted with illness. Try taking small, but frequent sips throughout the day for the most effective hydration.
As a long-standing member of the community, Stewart’s is aware how difficult flu season can be. That is why the shelves of each shop are stocked with healthy choices to strengthen the immune systems of consumers. And while a flu-free season is ideal, Stewart’s is close by and prepared just in case any symptoms do arise.
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.