It's that time of the year again! Winter is the season for colds and flu, however following some of these suggestions will help to minimise your risk.

Keep warm

Granny was right, keeping warm can help to avoid coughs, colds and flu. Shivering depresses the immune system and make us more likely to catch colds.

Did you know we lose up to 30% of body heat through our heads? Wear a hat.

Wash your hands!

Although most infections are carried through the air, cleaning your hands well & often will greatly increase your resistance to viruses. Consider carrying a hand santiser or wipes for when you have no access to water.

Sleep, nutrition and exercise

Lack of sleep makes us more prone to cold & flu by weakening our immune system, shoot for around 8 hours a night. If you have cold or flu and are struggling to sleep, try propping your head up with a few pillows, you may breath and sleep a little easier.

"You can't underestimate the importance of good nutrition when it comes to...your immune system," says Karen Ansel, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants—these are what keeps your body strong, and without them you're not giving your body the edge it needs to ward off infection.

Vitamins and probiotics

Taking a daily multivitamins is especially important in the winter season when we may be more unlikely to eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables, and are also at a high risk of infection.

Studies have shown the vitamins & probiotics can improve the body's resistance to bacteria and viral infections.

 

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