It’s that time of year again where cold and flu is circulating around family homes, in fact it almost becomes the norm listening to the sound of snuffling noses. If health signs get worse it’s important to know how to recognise the symptoms of flu and how to treat it right away. Feeling run down is hard on everyone and not something any of us wish to repeat often. That’s why we’ve decided to round up some helpful tips on some of the best ways to avoid yet another winter bug. Check them out below!
1. Take a Vitamin D Supplement
A statement was recently released by UK Health Officials advising the public to consider taking a vitamin D supplement, which is vital for bone and muscle health. According to The Independent, “Vitamin D may have benefits beyond bone and muscle health and protects against acute respiratory infections. Results of the study fit with the observation that colds and flu are most common during winter and spring, when levels of vitamin D are at their lowest.”
2. Keep Hydrated
One of the key steps to staying healthy is to make sure you get enough H2O in your system. For those who find it tricky to remember to drink enough water, try a Nativ bottle which has little reminders on it so that you know exactly how much you need to drink throughout the day. It’s great for kids too as you can fill it up with fruit or lemon to make it more tasty!
3. Wash Hands Regularly & Carry Some Hand Cleanse Gel
As we all know, washing your hands regularly is key to getting rid of bacteria. Simple soap and water and scrubbing your hands for over 20 seconds can remove viruses from your skin. Choose a song to sing each time so that the kids don’t mind the frequent trips to the bathroom sink!
Whilst it’s important not to go OTT with hand cleansing gels, having one handy during cold and flu season when out and about can also help get rid of those unwanted germs after playing in the park or handling items at the supermarket. Look for one that is gentle on your skin or for a totally natural option try lavender essential oil.
4. Up The Greens
Having a healthy diet rich in greens and protein will help to build up your bodies immune system. Think protein-rich foods such as fish, eggs and cheese. To get those iron filled greens in why not blitz them up into a healthy smoothie, which is perfect for sneaking some additional nutrients into your kids’ diet! Check out a couple of our healthy smoothie recipes here.
5. Prioritise Sleep
According to nutritionist David Katz, “Our bodies need seven to eight hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response, from our ‘natural killer cells,’ which attack viruses. Sleep is my most reliable defense against infection.”
The best way to prioritise sleep is to commit to switching off your tech at a reasonable time. Dim the lights and wind down with a hot drink, a bath, a book… anything that helps you relax. We find some fresh sheets and some sleep mist sprayed on your pillow can do wonders for encouraging a good nights sleep. Let’s just hope the kids get the memo!
*This was a collaborative post.
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