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It's not over yet … we mean Winter, with all its cold and flu bugs

Winter ChillsThe days are still cold and the nights are still chilly! More and more of your friends, family and colleagues have been struck down with some of the strongest flu bugs we’ve seen for many winters. Don’t wait for a tickle in your throat and a runny nose and fever to seek relief. Act before you feel unwell. There are some simple tried and tested remedies that you can use to keep yourself well below, but if your do succumb, here some simple steps you can take this winter to get the bugs to …well you know… bugger off!

Go back to the basics

  1. Get plenty of rest It is essential that you get plenty of rest when you feel a cold coming on. When you’re tired, you’re body can’t fight as hard. Aim to get at least 8-10 hours sleep each night to keep your body’s immune system strong enough to fight off infection.
  1. Build up with healthy foods Be sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are super high in immune boosting vitamins and minerals to ward off any nasty bugs.
  1. Be sure to drink plenty of water Water is essential for flushing out any nasty toxins and bugs. Aim to drink at least 2 litres per day.
  1. Decrease sugar and processed food intake Sugar and processed foods such as cakes, lollies, chocolate, white bread, white pasta, soft drinks and cordials will dampen your immune system, making it harder to fight off any colds or flu.

Traditional remedies that really do work

Echinacea This herb is highly effective in relieving colds and flus and reducing the severity of symptoms. It will also support your body through times of stress and support your immune system to prevent re-infection. Vitamin C Known for its ability to nip an infection in the bud but also to ease upper respiratory tract infections and restore health quickly. Another great support to your body in times of stress. Cod Liver Oil This traditional remedy may not taste the greatest but goes down a treat in its capsulated form! Cod Liver Oil contains Vitamin A, which maintains the health of epithelial and cilia cells in the body – these are the cells that line the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. Maintaining the health of the mucous membranes is of primary importance. It is believed that the underlying mechanism behind respiratory infections, other than an impaired immune system, is an alteration in these cells.