Thursday, December 03, 2009

Battling Cold and Flu Tips … and Zicam Giveaway!


Every mommy blogger seems to be writing about illness in her family these days. Yes, cold and flu season is in full swing! So, it’s important to take some precautions to try to minimize your chances of getting sick. Zicam has the following “Top 5 list of what to do to prepare for cold and flu season.”

1. Exercise, eat right, get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and take a daily multi-vitamin.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth during cold and flu season, especially after being exposed to viruses or bacteria.

3. Promote strong immune function by switching from coffee to tea, eating garlic liberally, and adding yogurt to your diet. And use zinc products, such as Zicam oral Cold Remedy, within the first 24-48 hours of the onset of cold symptoms to reduce the duration and severity of your cold.

4. Drink lots of water, which flushes toxins out of your body while re-hydrating your system.

5. While studies show that exercising for at least 30 minutes several times a week can help you stay healthy, our immune system fights most effectively when it isn’t stressed. So listen to your body when you feel sick, as a hard workout could weaken your immune system temporarily and potentially make your illness worse.

I’d like to add a few tips of my own: Wash, wash, wash your hands frequently. And insist that your family members and co-workers do, too. And, if you or your kids are sick, please stay home to avoid spreading it to people with whom you come in contact. Don’t feel guilty. You’ll be more productive if you rest and recover sooner!

Zicam wants you to know that zinc products, like Zicam Cold Remedy, can help shorten the length and reduce the severity of your cold when taken as directed within the first 24 to 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Zicam was kind enough to send me samples of their Zicam Liqui-Loz, a soothing lozenge with a tasty, liquid-gel center, and Zicam Zavors, which have a crunchy outer shell with a soft, chewable center. The day we received them, my husband felt a cold coming on, and he took the Zicam Zavors. His cold failed to develop! Of course, we don’t know whether it’s a direct result of taking the Zicam or whether it would have gone away naturally, but I know my husband will be using Zicam the next time he starts to feel ill with cold symptoms.

You can learn more about Zicam and their products at www.zicam.com. They also have a new club called the Zicam “I Can” Club! It provides subscribers with helpful wellness tips, cold and flu alerts, and valuable coupons. Visit http://zicam.com/icanclub to join. And please take good care of yourself and your family during this cold and flu season!

GIVEAWAY

Two (2) lucky winners will receive a Zicam giveaway pack, which includes Zicam Liqui-Loz, Zicam Zavors, and money-saving coupons. To enter, leave a comment here with a tip you found on the Zicam site for staying healthy. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries by:

- Signing up for the Zicam “I Can” Club at http://zicam.com/icanclub. (3 entries) Leave three separate comments with the email address you used to sign up.

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment.

- Following me on Twitter (@ParentingAuthor) and tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the URL of your tweet. You may tweet twice a day. Please leave a separate comment for each tweet. (It’s easy to retweet by using the Bookmark button at the bottom of this post.)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

- Listing Susan Heim on Parenting as one of your Favorites on Technorati. (See “Add this Blog to My Technorati Favorites” banner on the left sidebar.) Leave a comment with your Technorati user name.

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method.

Two winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Thursday, December 17, 2009, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Gianna and Shelly!





DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary Zicam product samples to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided. I am not a medical professional, and these experiences are my own. Your experiences with Zicam may differ. This is not considered medical advice. Always consult a physician if your symptoms become severe.

31 comments:

  1. Drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated

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  2. Signed up for the Zicam “I Can” Club.
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  12. allison9:55 AM

    I found that it is good to tuck yourself into bed or get comfortable on the couch to provide your body the rest it needs!

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  19. You should drink lots of water to stay properly hydrated.

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  20. I learned that pollen counts are highest between 5-10 am. No wonder the quick walk to the car from the house on the way to work does my allergies no good!

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  21. I learned you should make choices that promote strong immune function, such as switching from coffee to tea, eating garlic liberally, and adding yogurt to your diet.

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  22. Dr. Tucker said that exercise could actually make your cold condition worse, which is the opposite of what I've heard already! (cool, another excuse to sit on my butt!)

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  27. Congestion - Eat spicy foods such as hot chili or mexican foods that make your nose run.

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  29. I signed up for the club but it kept highlightin g my email.
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  30. Follow on twitter & tweeted!

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