Fend off the flu

It may be summer (or at least our version of it), but still hundreds of us will find ourselves plagued with runny noses, sore throats and coughing fits in a bout of the dreaded summer flu. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have managed to avoid the sniffles and hacking so far, follow the simple steps below to continue keeping that cold at bay.

  • Don’t rely on vitamin C
    Though vitamin C has been touted as the wonder vitamin for cold and flu for years, many studies have revealed it does absolutely zero to speed up recovery time from the sniffles. Instead, make sure that you are taking multivitamins on a daily basis and that you have a diet packed full of lots of healthy nutrients.
  • Stop after the first drink
    Alcohol can actually prevent the white blood cells’ from fending off viruses for up to 24 hours post drinking time. If you usually get a summer cold around the same time each year then it may be worth limiting your alcohol consumption before and during this period.
  • Catch some more ZZZ’s
    According to some studies, those of us who consistently get less than seven hours of sleep each night stand almost triple the risk of developing a cold. With this in mind, perhaps its time for that much needed early night?
  • Add colour to your diet
    Antioxidants that boost the immune system are most common in brightly coloured fruit and veg, so make sure you get plenty of them!

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