Everyone still seems to be coming down with coughs, 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.
Don’t be a smoker.
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.
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.
Go for a curry.
Turmeric and ginger are both common ingredients in curries and research have shown that they can help to boost your immune system and protect against infections.
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.
Have a wash.
We are not saying you smell! Washing your hands is one of the best and easiest ways of stopping viruses getting to you.
Get up and out.
We are 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.
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.
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.
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.