See below some practical tips for avoiding colds and flu’s over the winter season:
1. Wash your hands
This is probably the most useful tip. Viruses are spread by direct contact. They can live for hours on surfaces like door handles, telephones and keyboards so wash your hands often.
2. Drink plenty of fluids
Drink fluids like water, herbal teas and freshly made juices. Avoid becoming dehydrated – a typical healthy adult needs around 1.5 litres of water each day.
3. Sleep well
Achieving restful sleep each night (8 hours) helps the body repair itself and build the immune system. Cut down on caffeine, especially in the afternoon.Certain foods are very good to help you sleep. Have a look at the education section of our website http://www.healthandherbs.ie/healthleaflets/ to see which ones are best.
4. Keep your diet healthy
Try to get on average 7 portions of fruit and vegetables. It is easier if you make sure to include two fruits or vegetables in each meal. Use wholegrain foods instead of white processed foods. Include plenty of prebiotic food such as bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus and cabbage which nourish beneficial bacteria in the gut.
5. Control stress
It is well known that stress can weaken your immune system and may make you more likely to catch a cold than your calmer counterparts. I have a lovely relax blend if you suffer with anxiety and have problems sleeping. For further information have a look at my website www.healthandherbs.ie
6. Avoid too much alcohol
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is bad for immune cells which means that you will more susceptible to colds and viruses
7. Get plenty fresh air
Try to get out for a walk every day in between those winter showers!