NATURAL TIPS TO AVOID COLDS & FLU THIS WINTER

Because Prevention is Better than Cure

The inevitable winter flus and bugs are on their way and it’s time to prepare your body to fight them off. December always tends to be the month when we find ourselves surrounded by coughing and sniffing. In this blog post I have covered some preventative measures you can take to build your immune system, because we all know prevention is always better than cure! 

1. Wash your hands, a lot!

Colds and Flu are highly contagious. The virus is commonly airborne, able to spread from one person to another standing within 6 feet via droplets produced when coughing, sneezing or by touching contaminated surfaces or door handles.  That makes washing your hands the single most important step you can take to prevent picking up one of these illnesses!  

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. It is important to create a lather of soap and make sure you wash between your finger, both the tops and palms of your hands and your nail beds. If you are wearing jewellery, remove it or else make sure you get to wash under any rings.

2. Create your own DIY hand sanitising spray.

A hand sanitising spray for on the go allows you to apply good hygiene practices in the workplace or in public places. Creating your own spray with several essential oils, can offer antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

3. Increase your intake of essential vitamins and antioxidants in your diet.

Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Crushing fresh garlic, whether through chopping and letting minced garlic rest, or by chomping down on a clove with your own teeth, causes a chemical reaction that releases allicin. Allicin is a powerful antibacterial only present shortly after garlic is crushed and before it is heated.  So, you need to eat it raw! Eating fresh garlic in this state is purported to knock out that terrible feeling associated with the onset of a cold or flu. 

Vitamin C, we’ve heard it all before that Vitamin C is well known for its immune system and antioxidants properties, but how much of this do you consume a day? Vitamin C is naturally found in many fruit and vegetables such as oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons. Vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli, kale and peas are also packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients we need.

4. Get more sleep. 

Sleep is one of the most essential factors for our overall wellness.  Kids and teens need anywhere from 9 to 13 hours of sleep while adults need 7 to 9 hours each night. Proper sleep helps the body repair itself, builds the immune system and helps maintain your appetite.   

5. Don’t let the weather stop you from going outside.

Some would say walking in fresh air is the best preventative medicine there is!  Central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Invest in suitable footwear and a waterproof jacket and you’ll never need to let the weather stop you from getting outdoors. 

So, there you have it - my top tips to stay healthy and flu-free this coming winter. Let us know your thoughts and if you have any other fail-safe strategies!