Cold and Flu Solutions + a Chance to Win a Bayer Get Well Kit

Cold and Flu Solutions

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Cold and flu season is here, have you been hit yet?

We’ve been to this circus already and know that being prepared is the best bet when it comes to illness. With a house full of kids and the local neighbourhood kids enjoying daily games of basketball in front of our house we’re one Kleenex away from having a sign outside that says ‘step right up for your cold and flu’.

A Few Solutions to Try This Cold and Flu Season

While you might not be able to prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place, there are things you can do to feel better and get back on your feet sooner. 

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  1. Clear your nose

Having a blocked nose can be one of the worst parts about being sick. If cold medications still leave you feeling stuffed up, try pairing them with a saline spray like hydraSense®. hydraSense® is 100% naturally sourced sea water that is clinically proven to help get rid of nasal congestion so you can breathe better and concentrate on getting the rest you need.  

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  1. Clean up your act

This one is often overlooked! Keep anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer within reach on sick days to avoid leaving germs on the surfaces in your home. The last thing you want to do is spread sickness to your friends and family members. You’ll feel better knowing you’re keeping your germs to yourself.

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  1. Take a hike

Did you know that light exercise can help to relieve congestion when you have a cold? Instead of staying cooped up inside, a brisk walk can help you feel restored. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.cold and flu season

You can also get relief from using an all natural heated or cooled therapeutic pillow with calming lavender scent like this one. For aches and pains you can heat it up to soothe and relieve tension or use it cold for night sweats.

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  1. Put your sore throat on ice

Sucking on ice chips can help temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat by numbing and calming some of the inflammation causing your pain.  Other ways to soothe a sore throat include gargling warm salt water or sipping on a warm herbal tea.

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  1. Give yourself a (delicious!) boost

When you’re sick, making nutritious meals may feel like more of a chore. If your sick-day meals are more microwave friendly than health conscious, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need with a multivitamin. If you’re not a fan of pills, try One A Day® Gummies. They taste great and help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

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For some added Vitamin C, pop Redoxon® into a ½ glass of cold water. It fizzes up into a tasty drink full of zinc and vitamin C, you get 10 oranges worth of vitamin C in one tablet! 

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Remember, the last thing you want to do when you’re sick is go to the store. So, stock up today to get ready for the winter. What is on your “must have” list for a sick day.


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We have partnered up with Bayer Canada to give away an amazing cold and flu essentials kit like the one pictured (ARV $85). Winner must be a Canadian resident, excluding Quebec.

Bayer Get Well Essentials Kit

Equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 raw oranges. Data on file. When diet is not enough – Redoxon is not meant to replace food.

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

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  1. Karen L
    October 18, 2017 / 12:04 am

    Lovely prize.

  2. Evan G.
    October 18, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Good tips. Always looking for ways to help fight the winter bugs!

  3. Tanis
    October 18, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Plenty of fresh air, water and sleep!

  4. Rebecca
    October 18, 2017 / 2:28 am

    Making sure to get enough vitamins and rest

  5. Debbie White Beattie
    October 18, 2017 / 5:31 am

    I take vitamin C plus a multi vitamin and wash your hands often

  6. Heidi C.
    October 18, 2017 / 6:16 am

    Wash, wash and rewash your hands. Teach children how to blow nose/cough properly. Eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise and aim for proper night’s sleep.

  7. Arlene G
    October 18, 2017 / 6:52 am

    We swear by frequent hand washing.

  8. Linda Svarovsky
    October 18, 2017 / 7:14 am

    Drink lots of fluids, wash hands.

  9. Stephanie LaPlante
    October 18, 2017 / 7:45 am

    My best tips are to get your flu shot and take a table spoon of honey everyday.

  10. Angela C
    October 18, 2017 / 8:21 am

    My must haves for a sick day: tissue, television, hot tea, bed rest!

  11. Lynda Cook
    October 18, 2017 / 9:06 am

    My one tip is to make sure to get a flu shot as well, you may get the odd sniffle here and there but you will not get the flu!

  12. Rachel
    October 18, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I love drinking honey lemon tea with extra honey and lemon!

  13. Erika Letson
    October 18, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Lots of handwashing and sanitizing. Also plenty of sleep and Vitamin C!

  14. Clvn
    October 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Lots of fluids

  15. Cheryl h
    October 18, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I try to practice lots of healthy eating and lots of hand washing to try and battle the cold and flu season

  16. Erin W
    October 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

    My best tip is to stay hydrated and try to get outside for some fresh air, even if it’s only 5 minutes.

  17. Alison Braidwood
    October 18, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Use Listerine daily. It kills germs in the mouth. I haven’t had a cold in a few years since I started doing this.

  18. lori butler
    October 18, 2017 / 10:25 am

    washing your hands and staying hydrated

  19. Jonnie
    October 18, 2017 / 10:44 am

    My best tip is to wash your hands often and keep lightswitches and door knobs sanitized.

  20. Marlene J
    October 18, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Use echinacea, vitamin C, multivitamins, sleep, relaxing, clean hands.

  21. Brittany
    October 18, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Thanks for the contest!

  22. Jenny Major
    October 18, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Drink lots of fluids and wash my hands.

  23. Lucy
    October 18, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Make sure you are getting enough sleep!

  24. jan
    October 18, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    we wash our hands whenever we come into the house.

  25. Jeanine
    October 18, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Making sure my kids get healthy lunches, vitamins and make sure they are well dressed for the weather are my best tips!it can be hard with so many germs at school!

  26. kathy downey
    October 18, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I take vitamin C &D vitamins and wash your hands often!

  27. Karen C
    October 18, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Hand washing

  28. Jennifer P.
    October 18, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    My best tips are to wash your hands a lot, and not share food/drinks so as to limit your exposure to germs. I also try to touch as little as possible when out e.g. when I use stairs or an escalator I try not to touch the handles. Also, I always stock up our supplies as soon as school starts – it is much easier to deal with sickness when you have supplies at home, rather than having to run out to the store when sick. Lozenges, tissues, fever reducers etc. are all great to have on hand. And finally get lots of rest, eat healthy and take a multi-vitamin to stay as healthy as possible.

  29. Florence Cochrane
    October 18, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Getting the flu shot and taking multi-vitamins.

  30. Glogirl
    October 18, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    My tips are to frequently wash your hands and boost your immune system with vitamins.

  31. nicky
    October 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Wash hands carefully and get enough sleep.

  32. Meekyung
    October 18, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Wash your hands frequently

  33. ivy pluchinsky
    October 18, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    We wash our hands regularly and take our vitamins

  34. Judy Cowan
    October 18, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Wash Wash Wash your hands and take your vitamins and cross your fingers that you avoid the germs.

  35. Wonryang
    October 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes

  36. Janet M
    October 18, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I make sure I wash my hands often and avoid touching my face. I try to drink a lot of fluids and rest if I get sick.

  37. Maritess
    October 18, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Take vitamins regularly and get enough sleep.

  38. Heather Ritz
    October 18, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    wash your hands thoroughly and often

  39. Heather Swanson
    October 18, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    washing at my volunteer job

  40. Sandra McG
    October 18, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I like to wash my hands a lot, get lots of sleep, lots of fluids and try to eat lots of fruit and veges

  41. Barbara Denyes
    October 18, 2017 / 10:27 pm


  42. Tina L.
    October 18, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Drink lots of water, frequent and washing and get plenty of rest.

  43. Rosanne Robinson
    October 18, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    My best tip to battle cough and cold season is to eat healthy, take vitamins daily, wash hands thoroughly, stay hydrated, plenty of sleep and stay away from sick people.

  44. Maryanne
    October 19, 2017 / 1:54 am

    Hand washing!!!

  45. Daniela Plume
    October 19, 2017 / 3:23 am

    I always take garlic pills when i feel a cold coming on

  46. Cheryl MacPhail
    October 19, 2017 / 7:11 am

    I eat healthy and drinks lots of fluids to help battle a cold.

  47. Karine
    October 19, 2017 / 7:15 am

    A lot of rest, eat healthy and take care of yourself

  48. Suzie B
    October 19, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Good hand hygiene is tip number one for prevention!

  49. Tainan Lu
    October 19, 2017 / 8:09 am

    My best tips is to get flu shot

  50. ducky
    October 19, 2017 / 8:10 am

    I get a flu shot, eat lots of healthy foods and wash my hands.

  51. Michelle T
    October 19, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Definitely staying clean – consistent hand washing to avoid the spreading of germs.

  52. Alex S.
    October 19, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I make a hot drink with lemons, honey, and ginger.

  53. Kim
    October 19, 2017 / 8:51 am

    My best tip is to wash your hands often.

  54. Brandy Champion
    October 19, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Making sure everyone washes their hands

  55. Judy
    October 19, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Avoid sharing objects

  56. Chantelle Daigle
    October 19, 2017 / 11:39 am

    I absolutely swear by elderberry syrup! I give it to my kids daily throughout cold & flu season and they went from kids who were CONSTANTLY sick and missing school to kids who barely ever get a sniffle.

  57. l p
    October 19, 2017 / 11:51 am

    hydration is very important. thanks

  58. Laurence
    October 19, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Great Contest

  59. Mary Jaglowitz
    October 19, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    What a great prize!!!

  60. alexa
    October 19, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    lots of water and vitamins

  61. Calvin F.
    October 19, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Up your vitamin c, gargle salt water. Lots of fluids and rest.

  62. Christina
    October 19, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Get enough sleep and eat right

  63. Amina Absar Zafar
    October 19, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    drink lemon tea and take lots of rest

  64. Brenda Penton
    October 19, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I find staying active has been the best thing for me so far. Staying hydrated also helps a lot.

  65. erin n
    October 19, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Vitamin C and D and lots of water keeps me healthy@

  66. Jackie Dirstein
    October 19, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Lots and lots of fluid and rest.

  67. Laurie P
    October 19, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    vitamins and frequent hand washing helps us out!

    October 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Take a daily vitamin and always wash your hands

  69. Krista M
    October 19, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Bring hand sanitizer with you everywhere as things like store doors, surfaces & grocery cart handles are covered in germs! Wash hands frequently & boost your immunity with vitamins.

  70. Jolie
    October 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Lots of liquids and rest.

  71. Doreen Lamoureux
    October 19, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I like to start with a netti pot. Depends on how bad the cold gets.

  72. October 19, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I always get the flu shot in the fall.I get lots of exercise and drink lots of water
    infused with lemon and orange slices. 🙂

  73. MaryG
    October 19, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Taking loads of vitamin C and drinking lots of water has helped me through most of the cold and flu seasons.

  74. 409cope
    October 19, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    We eat a lot of chicken noodle soup and take vitamin C during cold and flu season.

  75. Maria
    October 19, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Take vitamins, home made chicken soup, wash hands, lemon & vapour rub

  76. Dawn
    October 19, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Vicks rub and leavingvthe windows open for fresh air to get the germs out

    Lots of water ?

    I also like buckleys fir coughing

  77. DebP
    October 19, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    A hot toddy will work wonders in relaxing one enough to get a good night*s rest.

  78. Aarone Mawdsley
    October 19, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    wash your hands alot

  79. Cheryl Z
    October 19, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Great pack to keep the DR away this season! 🙂

  80. Amber Y
    October 19, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I drink lots of hot lemon and honey tea during cough and cold season. I also take a lot of hot showers. I’ve been wanting to give oil of oregano a try though.

  81. Matthew Bastarache
    October 19, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Great kit. Thanks for the chance.

  82. Leslie Crosbie
    October 20, 2017 / 4:12 am

    Getting sick.sucks and I try not too, especially being a single mom with no one that could fill my shoes!

  83. Christine Richards
    October 20, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Lots of handwashing!!

  84. dave
    October 20, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Take vitamins and enough rest.

  85. Gillian Morgan
    October 20, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Wash you hands often and get the flu shot.

  86. T Schmidt
    October 20, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    hand washing!

  87. Julie Bolduc
    October 20, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Wash your hands that’s the number one rule in my house

  88. Andrea
    October 20, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Eat healthy and drink lots of water!

  89. Pauline Smith
    October 21, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Sneeze into tissue, wash hands.

  90. Stephanie
    October 21, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Always wash your hands and drink lots of water to avoid getting sick in the first place!

  91. Marlene V
    October 21, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Get plenty of rest to fight off colds!

  92. Wanda B
    October 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I always get flu shots and wash my hands a lot.

  93. Sabina Edwards
    October 21, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    As soon as my eyes start itching or my throat does, I grab my bottle of Vitamin c & d and chew those babies up

  94. Joy D
    October 22, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Frequently hand washing, a cup or two of 911 tea, soup and if the temperature outside is mild, sit outside in the sun for fresh air.

  95. Sandra p
    October 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Wash your hands often.

  96. Gina bergman
    October 22, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Awesome giveaway

  97. Keshia
    October 23, 2017 / 4:44 am

    Vitamin c , zink and oil of oregano always help.kick it quick!!!

  98. Keshia
    October 23, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Vitamin c , zink and oil of oregano always help.kick it quick!!! And zzzZzZZZzzz!

  99. Carol Denny
    October 23, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Lots of hand washing and vitamin C. And eat lots of fruit and veggies.

  100. Stephanie D
    October 23, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Prevention is key… don’t touch things if you don’t have to when you go out.

  101. Rosa Cross
    October 23, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Wash your hands a lot.

  102. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    October 23, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Drink tea with a spoonful of honey, that soothes your throat and is healthy too.

  103. Emily Carter
    October 24, 2017 / 1:01 am

    You have to wash your hands!

  104. Linda
    October 24, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I suggest eating a lot of garlic to battle cough and cold season.

  105. Irene Eichler
    October 24, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    wash your hands often ! and get plenty of sleep !

  106. Kelly H
    October 24, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Gargling with salt water and taking Zinc lozenges are my go-to cold remedies!

  107. Beth G
    October 25, 2017 / 5:35 am

    The very best tip is to wash your hands to prevent colds.

  108. Tammy Dalley
    October 25, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    take your vitamins, wash your hands often and get lots of sleep

  109. Jessica W
    October 25, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    I wash my hands several times a day and take a daily vitamin to keep my immune system in order.

  110. Kim Hamilton
    October 25, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Honestly I just avoid anyone who looks ill and take a ton of vitamins! Also love my wheatgrass shots to boost the immune system too.

    October 27, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    vitamin C and wash your hands often

  112. Maggie C
    October 28, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Frequent hand washing!

  113. dal
    October 28, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    wash your hands

  114. Erica Seaman
    October 29, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I take cinnamon capsules at the first sign of a cold….works everytime.

  115. Sarah alexis
    October 29, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    For me the most important thing is to get enough sleep!!!!!

  116. Susanne McCarthy
    October 30, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands! Use hand sanitizer when out and about and drink lots of fluids! Keep those hands away from your face too so no chewing fingernails 🙂

  117. Kim Stenner
    October 30, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Wash your hands often and get lots of sleep

  118. Wendy Jensen
    October 30, 2017 / 10:28 am

    My best tips to battle cough and cold season is to make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after being around the public.

  119. Tara Betterley
    October 31, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Keep taking the vitamins and get the flu shot.. Also wash your hands alot!!

  120. Melinda Jana
    October 31, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    tea, soup, cozy blankets, honey

  121. Megan Willis
    October 31, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Wash your hands often and get lots of rest!

  122. BATYE1
    November 1, 2017 / 4:16 am

    we wash our hands whenever we come into the house.

  123. Catshop4
    November 1, 2017 / 7:58 am

    I find getting enough sleep and vitamin C helps a lot.

  124. Rebecca G
    November 1, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    we use nasal sprays

  125. Diedre
    November 1, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    If you eat lunch at your desk at work, reduce germ transfer by disinfecting your desk before your meal.

  126. KellyPC
    November 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Wash your hands!!

  127. Julie R.
    November 2, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I make sure to take my vitamins daily, and add extra vitamin c if I feel l’m getting sick.

  128. janine a
    November 3, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    WASH HANDS! and lots of vitamin C in your diet 🙂

  129. Lee Ann
    November 4, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Don’t let yourself get run down.

  130. November 4, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    lots of hand washing and drink lots of water, get plenty of rest.

  131. Lynn Duchesne
    November 4, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I keep well hydrated. I make bone broth weekly and wash hands always. I try not to stay indoors where all the germs are in an apartment. I am huge on vitamins daily to keep my Immune strong.

  132. kristen visser
    November 4, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    my daughter is in kindergarten so she gets colds quite often BUT we try to prevent with lots of water, rest, a daily vitamin and frequent hand washing

  133. Melinda
    November 4, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I wash my hands frequently and eat healthy food.

  134. Julia H
    November 5, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Buy a humidifier if you don’t have one, wash your hands every time you come into your home, touch touch your face or rub your eyes when you’re out in public, use baby wipes or wet wipes to wash off the super-germy surfaces of things such as the handles of shopping carts, and keep your immune system in good shape by not eating tons of sugar (which wrecks your immune system).

  135. Lynnie M
    November 5, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    We try to eat well, sleep lots and do lots of hand washing.

  136. Sarah H
    November 5, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Plenty of fluids, warm soup, and rest.

  137. Robyn Bellefleur
    November 5, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Wash hands frequently to combat colds.

  138. Cheryl K
    November 7, 2017 / 4:14 am

    I drink lots of tea and take Advil and Tylenol cold every four hours.

  139. Cheryl k
    November 7, 2017 / 4:15 am

    I like to take Advil and Tylenol cold liquid gems every four hours.

  140. Betty S
    November 7, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Best defense is to wash your hands frequently, make sure you try to stay away from people with bad colds and take vitamin C

  141. Aimee
    November 7, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Soup, soup, and more homemade soup.

  142. Caryn Coates
    November 7, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Rest, Vitamins and plenty of hand washing

  143. Ariel C
    November 8, 2017 / 12:39 am

    always wash your hands when you can !

  144. Marsha Arditti
    November 8, 2017 / 7:58 am


  145. Samantha Martin
    November 8, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    In the Fall I always end up with a cold or the flu. Then I get infected (sinuses or somewhere else!). I always use Bayer to help fight it off!

  146. Milena
    November 8, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    A 20 minute hot bath in the evening works for me – they say it boosts your immune system.

  147. Wanda Jean P
    November 8, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I like to sip tea with honey, and rub vicks on my chest

  148. Toby
    November 8, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    We take extra vitamin C!