Staying Healthy and Flu-Free this Winter

Staying Healthy and Flu-Free this Winter

Did you know that it is estimated that approximately 5%-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year ( To stay health this winter, we are loading up on some of these healthy essentials.

1.Swype Shield: We love this physician-invented cold and flu prevention product. How it works is a clear gel is applied on the nostrils, which is where cold and flu viruses most often enter the body. The active ingredients in Swype Shield are non-toxic and safe to apply to the skin multiple times a day. In fact, during product development, an independent laboratory performed dilution studies to determine the lowest concentration of each ingredient required to effectively neutralize viruses. Once the optimal combination of active ingredients was determined, extensive lab testing resulted in a clinically significant reduction of all 25 cold and flu viruses tested. More recent testing also confirmed the combination is effective against the virus responsible for the SARS outbreak, one of the most aggressive infectious organisms ever isolated.

2. Thermometers: Personally, we love the Kinsa Smart Thermometer, a smartphone-connected medical device that utilizes its mobile connectivity to enhance the features and benefits available to users beyond a fast and accurate temperature reading. Through the free accompanying Kinsa mobile app, users can track their illness history to share with physicians, access tools to better manage and plan around their illness, and view the “health weather” in their local area, including what symptoms and illnesses are going around. You can also see what symptoms and illnesses are going around a custom-created community, such as the parents of a specific first grade class or group of close friends. Users in the group will see that flu, strep throat, or other illnesses are circulating, but the data is anonymized so they will not see who is ill. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer itself has no batteries, LCD, or processor, instead leveraging the power of the smartphone to allow the device to be thin, flexible, and comfortable to use, especially for children. The thermometer connects to the phone via the headphone jack, keeping its cost far lower than the costs of other existing mobile-connected medical devices. With a price point on par with most current non-connected thermometers, Kinsa’s focus is on widespread access to better health information.

3. Chillow: We love this portable pillow insert that provides instant personal cooling relief. A cool Chillow under the arms, forehead or groin area provides relief from uncomfortable flu symptoms. While most regular pillows trap heat, Chillow absorbs the heat that radiates from the body and releases it into the air. Chillow is activated by adding water to its inner chamber (a cup of water may need to be added monthly depending on climate). It can be customized to four different cooling comfort levels to satisfy personal needs. Once its temperature is set, it stays at that level and provides cooling relief for hours.

4. Load up on vitamin C: To get our vitamins, we love the tasty and healthy Cuties. They are also rich in antioxidants, a good source of soluble fiber and packed with a number of vitamins including A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid. And, they are especially high in folate and vitamin C. Two Cuties provides you with nearly 300% of the U.S.D.A’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C (based upon 2,000 calorie diet). In fact, two little Cuties contain 4 grams of fiber. Diets high in fiber have been proven to help heart health.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were give some samples.

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