Here’s how to avoid the lurgy this winter, ease symptoms and stay fighting fit
1 Eat your five-a-day
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, especially garlic and onions. Known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, they can help fight infections.
2 Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated and flush out toxins.
3 Watch your units
Too much alcohol can lead to vitamin deficiencies, which can affect your immune system and your ability to fight infection.
4 Get enough sleep
It’s the body’s natural way of recharging its batteries. So if you feel under the weather, recover by getting more sleep.
5 Drink tea
Green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, so it’s great for helping you to beat winter bugs and giving your immune system a boost.
6 Take time to relax
When your body is under stress you are more susceptible to coughs, colds and flu, so keep calm and stay healthy. Try yoga or relaxation techniques to put your mind at ease.
7 Don’t touch your face
The cold virus is often carried on the hands and then enters your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. Always wash your hands with lots of soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
8 Keep active
Exercising for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, is the perfect way to keep your immune system working.
9 Use tissues
Use disposable tissues to blow your nose and then bin them to reduce the risk of infection.
10 Get the flu jab
The flu jab is free to those aged 65 and over, as well as at-risk groups, and is your best protection against flu.