There’s a common understanding that flu (and now COVID-19) season falls during the winter months; summer is all about school closures, outdoor music festivals, beach bashes, and farmers’ market visits. While it is true that viruses like the flu survive better in cold, dry air, you need a strong immune system year-round—even during those sunshiny summer days—because weather doesn’t carry respiratory infections. And no matter what your mother or grandmother told you, the cold won’t make you sick; it could help burn calories.

Although viruses that cause respiratory infections, such as a cold or flu, have a lower survival rate in the air during the summer, you can still get sick. During these upcoming summer months, we want you to be prepared to take care of your immune system with the same ferocity you exhibit during winter.

Vitamin C gets a lot of credit for its immune-support benefits, along with zinc, echinacea and a few other ingredients — as well it should. 

But science shows that protein and amino acids are just as important for immunity.  

Germs. As comedian Rodney Dangerfield would have said, “They don’t get no respect!” 

In fact, before the 19th century, when people were not even aware of germs, hand-washing was just to wash off obvious grime and dirt. 

Since the “germ theory of disease” was developed by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1861, society has increasingly transformed our view of germs — those we have always lived with and newer varieties to which we have inadvertently given rise — into an “us versus them” War on Germs. 

Consumer culture makes Valentine’s Day a time to receive love from outside sources. Whether it’s a partner, friend (Galentine’s Day), relative, or classmate, we’re taught to expect a material show of affection from someone else. Yet each of us is fully capable of adorning ourselves with attention, love notes, and careit doesn’t have to cost a thing! This February 14th, we encourage you to participate in Valentine’s Day festivities but with a focus on you lovin’ you. We’re excited to help you get it right!

Transitions can bring us from a place of discontent to one of satisfaction. As we embrace 2021, we’re welcoming positive change, but that idea can be a bit vague. Because we want you to achieve a healthy lifestyle, here are five ways you can improve your life this year.