Colds and flus are inextricably linked to the colder winter months as we are more likely to spend time indoors with others, making it easier to pass on germs.
There are some great steps you can take to reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu this season and dealing with a headache, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and the accompanying temporary temporary hearing loss from blocked ears.
Wash your hands regularly
According to the Department of Health, flu viruses can survive on unwashed hands for 30 minutes, and on cloth, paper and tissues for up to 12 hours. It is important to wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Dispose of used tissues in a bin immediately after use in order to contain any viruses and reduce the potential for germs to spread.
Get plenty of exercise
Moderate exercise has been found to help protect against colds by researchers from Elsevier Health Sciences. You could join a gym if it is too cold to break a sweat outside, or else there are plenty of exercises to do at home or at the office to keep you fit and healthy.
Eat a healthy diet
Making sure you have an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables is important to help you ward off a cold or flu attack.
Below are some foods that can be helpful in warding off cold and flus:
- Fresh fruit and vegetable : Vitamin C in citrus, vegies and Kiwi fruit are good source of boosting immune system
- Meat: Zinc in chicken thighs, oysters and beef help improve immune function
- Garlic: Contains antioxidants and antibacterial to provide protection against free radical damage in the body