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Ep. 189: Flu Fighters: How to Minimize Your Risk of Getting Sick

When the temperature drops, we spend more time indoors, in closer proximity to other people, increasing our risk of getting sick. To help you stay healthy during the colder months, we’re bringing you a comprehensive guide to the prevention and treatment of the cold and the flu.

Get tips and tricks from all of your favourite hosts to help you eat, move, and think your way to staving off the sniffles, avoiding those aches and pains, and getting back on your feet. Learn which common remedies work, which don’t, and which are essential for staying healthy.  


  • You can book your flu shot at Medcan now.
  • To book an appointment with a specialist at Medcan, calll 416.350.5900 or email clientservice@medcan.com.


01:48 Should you get the flu shot?

03:01 Dr. Peter Nord, Medcan CMO covers:

03:07 How to tell if you have a cold or flu

04:43 His top tip for preventing cold and flu

06:53 Alternate between Tylenol and ibuprofen

08:23 Myths and misconceptions: wet hair, salt water and Vicks VapoRub

10:05 Dr. Nord’s secret to his impressive record of health

11:35 Leslie Beck, RD, clinical director of food and nutrition at Medcan, covers:

11:38 Can nutrition affect our immune system?

11:53 Vitamins that keep you healthy

12:57 Vitamin C and the common cold

14:57 Chicken Soup and colds

16:09 Other foods to help with colds: zinc lozenges, honey and probiotics 

18:08 Foods to avoid when sick: alcohol and maybe dairy

19:10 Dr. Andrew Miners, clinical and operations director of sports medicine, therapy, rehabilitation and fitness covers: 

19:32 Using exercise to fight infections

21:01 Should you exercise while sick?

21:42 The "above the neck" and "below the neck" rule

22:58 How to modify your workout

23:41 Dr. Miners’ biggest tip for recovery: rest up

24:22 Dr. Amanda Beaman, clinical psychologist at Medcan covers:

24:30 How the mind can affect the immune system

24:58 How a sickness can affect your mental health

25:47 Coping strategies for better mental health while sick

27:59 Dr. Beaman's advice to maintain routine

30:24 Dr. Chris Chan, clinical director of sleep medicine at Medcan covers:

30:48 How sleep deprivation affects immune responses

32:14 The less sleep you get, the more sick you get

32:57 Why you feel more tired when you’re sick

33:34 How to get more sleep while sick: temperature, humidity, noise

34:45 Cold medication can alter your sleep quality


This podcast episode is intended to provide general information about health and wellness only and is not designed, or intended to constitute, or be used as a substitute for, medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. You should always talk to your Medcan health care provider for individual medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, including your specific health and wellness needs. 

The podcast is based on the information available at the time of preparation and is only accurate and current as of that date. Source information and recommendations are subject to change based on scientific evidence as it evolves over time. Medcan is not responsible for future changes or updates to the information and recommendations, and assumes no obligation to update based on future developments. 

Reference to, or mention of, specific treatments or therapies, does not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement. The links provided within the associated document are to assist the reader with the specific information highlighted. Any third-party links are not endorsed by Medcan.

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