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The Psychology Of Winter Wellness: How Mindset Affects Colds And Flu

Winter is the season of colds and flu. But did you know your mindset can be a game-changer when it comes to staying healthy this time of year?

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The Psychology Of Winter Wellness: How Mindset Affects Colds And Flu

Boost Your Bright Side

The influence of a positive outlook on your winter wellness is truly remarkable. Positivity can serve as a potent booster for your immune system.1 This winter, consider embracing a cheerful attitude – it may very well become your shield against those seasonal bugs.

Stress Less, Stay Well

Stress is a well-known adversary of the immune system. Stress can diminish the body’s natural killer cells or lymphocytes, which are required to fight infections.2 The higher your stress levels, the weaker your immune defences become, rendering your body less effective in warding off illnesses. Combatting stress can be achieved by incorporating relaxation techniques into your winter routine, such as meditation, yoga, or indulgent bubble baths. These strategies not only help alleviate stress but also fortify your immune system, ensuring a healthier winter ahead.

The Social Connection

Winter’s cosy indoors can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, and guess what? Loneliness isn’t just a mood-downer; it can weaken your immune system too, making you more vulnerable to infections.3 But here’s the bright side: you can fight back by staying socially connected, even if it’s in the virtual world. A lively chat with friends or a video call with family can do wonders for your mood and your immune system.

Adcock Ingram boasts a comprehensive range of products to fulfil all your winter needs, making sure you’re equipped to be a true winter warrior.  With Panado®, Cepacol®, Compral®, and Viral Guard, you and your family can confidently face the challenges of the cold months ahead.

How Panado® – The Ultimate Chill-Beating Pain Fighter – Can Help

Panado® is trusted4 by South African families to offer relief of pain and fever associated with headaches, toothache and colds and flu.

Panado tablets an paediatric syrup

Beat The Scratch And Soothe Sore Throats With Cepacol®

Cepacol®, renowned for its sore throat lozenges and hot medication, offers a range of solutions for cold and flu symptoms. Cold and flu symptoms? There’s a Cepacol® for that!

Cepacol lozenges and syrup

Beat the Ache with Fast & Targeted Pain Relief From Compral®

Don’t let pain hold you back this, winter! Turn to Compral® for targeted8 and fast9 pain relief. Available in both tablet and powder form, Compral® Powder is ready to work in just 10 seconds.6

Compral tablets and powder

Guard Your Immunity and Beat the Bugs ViralGuard

ViralGuard offers a unique formulation with essential ingredients like antioxidants, probiotics, vitamins, herbal extracts, and minerals, all known to support the immune system7.  The range includes delicious Fizzi chews, junior syrup, a throat spray and tablets.


Embrace the Winter Warrior within with the Adcock Ingram Range, featuring Panado®, Cepacol®, Compral®, and ViralGuard, available from Pick n Pay, Checkers including Hypers, Shoprite, Clicks, Dis-Chem, and Independent Pharmacies. For more information about Adcock Ingram Winter Warriors, visit  https://adcockwinterwarriors.co.za/.

Winter Warriors Range

For more information about Panado®, visit https://panado.co.za/ and join the conversations on Facebook. For more information about Cepacol®, visit www.cepacol.co.za and join the conversation on Facebook.  For more information about Compral®, www.compralpainrelief.co.za and join the conversation on Facebook. For more information about ViralGuard, https://viralguard.co.za/ and join the conversation on Facebook.

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  1. The University of Queensland. A positive boost to the immune system. Available from: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2014/09/positive-boost-immune-system. Last accessed December 2023.
  2. University of Maryland Medical System. How does stress affect the immune system. Available from: https://health.umms.org/2020/11/10/stress-immune-system/. Last accessed December 2023.
  3. News Medical Life Sciences. Does loneliness weaken the immune system. Available from: https://www.news-medical.net/health/Does-Loneliness-Weaken-the-Immune-System.aspx#. Last accessed December 2023.
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  5. Goodman & Gilman’s.The pharmacological basis of therapeutics, 13th ed. Acetaminophen. p696
  6. Compral pain powder dissolution evaluation. Document no. 23/AD/063
  7. ViralGuard Tablets information leaflet. November 2012.
  8. Diener HC, Pfaffenrath V, Pageler L, et al. The fixed combination of acetylsalicylic acid, paracetamol and caffeine is more effective than single substances and dual combination for the treatment of headache: a multicentre, randomized, double-blind, single-dose, placebo-controlled parallel group study. Cephalalgia 2005;25:776–787. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2982.2005.00948.
  9. Weiser T, Weigmann H. Effect of Caffeine on the Bioavailability and Pharmacokinetics of an Acetylsalicylic Acid-Paracetamol Combination: Results of a Phase I Study. Adv Ther 2019;36:597-607. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12325-019-0891-5.

For full prescribing information refer to the Professional Information approved by SAHPRA. Adcock Ingram Limited. Co. Reg. No.: 1949/034385/06. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa. Customer Care: 0860 ADCOCK / 232625. www.adcock.com. 2023121310329404. December 2023.

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