Americans are forming holistic habits to get through cold and flu season

4 min readOct 26, 2021
Commissioned by Nature’s Way and conducted by OnePoll, the survey found 82% of people exercise regularly. (Photo by Camille Brodard on Unsplash)

If you’re hoping to make it through this winter season healthy as can be, you can add holistic habits to your wellness arsenal.

A survey of 2,000 general population Americans found that four out of five (82%) people maintain healthy habits and exercise regularly, and most will use them to remain healthy during the winter months.

Nearly as many (80%) believe their body is a temple and should be treated as well as possible.

According to those respondents, the best ways to maintain their health are through simple measures — jogging (70%), eating a balanced diet (61%) and taking supplements (56%).

And compared to their habit-less peers, those who maintain their bodies holistically feel better more often, take more time to let themselves get back to normal and prepare for everything that comes along with the winter months.

Commissioned by Nature’s Way and conducted by OnePoll, the study revealed the average American has 17 “good days” per month. Those who have healthy habits have one more than the average with 18 days, while those who don’t only have 15 days.

Similarly, those who don’t maintain regular healthy habits tend not to prepare themselves at all for the winter season (42%), and those who do, prepare for the season as early as September (20%).

People with healthy habits also tend to take more time to get back to normal if they feel unwell — taking five days per month throughout winter — versus those without healthy habits who only take two days.

There are ways to get back to feeling like yourself, like taking Sambucus relief with herbal ingredients such as South African Geranium root extract and elderberry extract.

Two in three (68%) recognize their body needs more care in the winter months, and 63% will use supplements or homeopathic methods to care for themselves before they reach for over-the-counter medications.

The most popular holistic approaches include drinking warm tea (62%), taking supplements (59%) and adjusting their diet (47%).

Three in five (63%) will temporarily change their diet if they don’t feel well, with 58% stocking up on fruits and vegetables more than they usually would.

“Holistic health has increasingly taken center stage on people’s wellness journeys”, said Christine Kiriazes, Nature’s Way brand manager. “Embracing wellness from the inside out translates to maintaining the health of our bodies and mind, allowing us to live a more active and well-rounded lifestyle.”

Eighty-one percent of respondents said feeling their best throughout the winter season is important to them. So important, they’ll try several different ingredients, foods and wellness hacks to feel better.

According to respondents, the best things to try to maintain your health in the winter include Vitamin C (57%), Vitamin D (46%), Zinc (29%) and elderberries (24%).

Meanwhile, some respondents recalled their greatest wellness hacks — from eating a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon, basing their diet on organic plants, chewing raw ginger, getting fresh air and sunshine every day and even giving themselves positive affirmations in the shower.

More than half (59%) start taking vitamins and supplements the instant they begin to feel a sign of irritation. Sixty-two percent of Americans take vitamins and supplements daily.

Of course, those who maintain regular healthy habits also tend to take vitamins/supplements more seriously than those who don’t have healthy habits (43% over 26%).

“While you may not be able to avoid irritations altogether this winter, holistic health methods and relief products can ensure individuals take proper care of their bodies, so they can get back to the things they love,” shared Kiriazes. “Herbal ingredients like South African geranium root extract and elderberry extract can help in getting back to feeling like yourself.”


  1. Drinking warm tea 62%
  2. Taking supplements 59%
  3. Adjusting diet 47%
  4. Sleeping in more frequently 45%
  5. Taking mental health breaks more frequently 42%
  6. Wearing a face covering 36%
  7. Using hand sanitizer often 32%
  8. Early morning jogs 31%

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