It’s part and parcel of the winter blues and unfortunately cold and flu season is upon us once again. There are some sure fire ways you can keep cold and flu at bay, and it’s not as tricky as you think! Your health is everything, there is no reason you can’t beat Winter at its own game by warding off all of the nasties!
Here are our top tips to staying healthy and flu free this Winter!
Stock the fridge with fruit and vegetables
They say you are what you eat, so it makes sense that eating healthy foods can help you stay, ummmm, healthy! Good nutrition is super important when it comes to your immune system so fill your fridge with oranges, blueberries, fennel, garlic, red capsicum, mushrooms and maybe the best part of all, dark chocolate! All of this yummy fruit, veg (and chocolate) have their own flu fighting antioxidants to help keep you healthy and your immune system fighting fit so it can stop the flu and cold in their tracks!
Make sure you get enough rest and cut out any stress
There is an undeniable link between mind, body and soul – when you are feeling overworked, run down, sad or really tired those emotions can sink your mood and in turn slow down your immune system. Listen to your body, if you start to feel a cold or flu coming on clear your diary and take some time out to catch up on sleep, and stress less, your health needs to be your main priority.
Drink ALL the hot liquids
To stop your sniffle turning into a full on flu drink LOTS of warm liquids to unclog your nose and thin any mucus. Stay away from alcohol and drink lots of plain water, heated if and when you can. There is nothing quite as comforting as a warm drink (or warm hug for that matter) - go with a combo of ginger, lemon and honey to help sooth your throat and rid your body of any flu or cold symptoms.
Don’t put it off to long to get medication
I’m not a huge fan of medications but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get some help. Don’t wait until 7 days into a cold to finally see a doctor or visit the chemist for some over the counter help. If you catch the cold or flu early enough the chances are you will improve much quicker than if you just let it run its course.
Wash your hands
Hygiene dear friends is super important in not only everyday life but also when you are feeling a cold come on. It is easy to cough or sneeze into your hands then touch something that belongs to you or someone else and spread the cold and flu germs. So be mindful of others and wash your hands well and often to stop the spread of the cold and flu in its tracks.
If you are already sick, stay home from work
There is no point coughing and spluttering through your day, stay home and get some rest until you feel better. Colds and flus spread so easily and especially in a contained environment like an office or on public transport, so do your bit and also look after yourself by taking a couple of sick days until you are feeling better or at least less contagious!
Image credit: Photo by Rex Pickar