Everyone still seems to be coming down with a cough, cold or even the flu. But you can avoid the snuffles, by putting our Top 10 tips into action.
Dark green leafy vegetables, like kale, greens and spinach, Vitamin C and E all help your body fight infections and boost your immune system.
2. Don’t be a sinner:
Smoking and drinking may be enjoyable for many of us, but they won’t help you fight off an infection. Smoking means you’re more likely to get a sore throat, while wine and beer will attack your liver and it will take longer for any germs to leave the body.
3. Chill out:
Stress is a huge factor in staying healthy, so if you can cut out the things that get you all knotted up, then you’re less likely to catch a cold.
4. Go for a curry:
Turmeric and ginger are both common ingredients in curries and research has shown that they can help to boost your immune system and protect against infections.
5. Make a fruit cocktail:
If eating lots of fruit sounds like hard work, why not rustle up a fruit juice. Oranges, limes, strawberries, blackberries and apples are all packed with immune-boosting nutrients and can really help fight off sniffles.
6. Have a wash:
We’re not saying you smell! Washing your hands is one of the best and easiest ways of stopping viruses getting to you.
7. Get up and out:
We’re not suggesting that you start training for the London Marathon, but getting regular exercise, even if it’s a 20-minute walk to the shops, will help. Working your body increases its natural defences and reduces the chances of getting ill.
8. Think like the French:
Garlic can be a real turn-off to some people, but it is one of the most powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral nutrients around. If you find the taste too strong, you can always take it in tablet form.
9. Get some sleep:
While you’re under the duvet and your brain is having a rest, your body is using the time to recharge and fight off any infections.
10. Watch a funny movie.
It has been proved that laughter raises the levels of immune-boosting hormones in the blood, that help to fight infections. Laughter really is the best medicine.
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