SOME OF THE BEST TIPS TO AVOID GETTING COLDS AND FLU THIS WINTER…

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Never share drinking glasses.
Bar soaps are perfect breeding ground for viruses and bacteria so use liquid antibacterial soap and wash your hands often.
Bacteria and viruses can live on hand towels and sponges for a long time so replace or wash frequently. You can put your kitchen cloth in the dishwasher every day as this will clean it thoroughly.

Colds and flu viruses spread easily by hand to hand contact so avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your in the company of someone else with cold or flu.
Wipe your computer/ and all phones daily with an antibacterial wipe.
Also use antibacterial wipes for surfaces such as stair rails, counter tops and door knobs to avoid spreading any germs.

Open windows regularly as germs remain in stagnant air.
Avoid smoking at home as it can irritate respiratory tracts.

Take a high quality Vitamin C supplement and/or Echinacea for cold prevention. Research has shown that when Vitamin C is taken in before an infection occurs then the immune system is boosted sufficiently so that your body can fight off the infection before you even get sick. Zinc is another extra anti oxidant supplement that you can take as this will also increase the strength of your immune system.

Avoid white refined sugar and food high in sugar content as sugar makes your immune system sluggish.
Cut down on alcohol as this can lower your immune system.

Try and have a sauna or steam bath as researchers have found that people who steamed twice a week got half as many colds as those who didn’t. (One theory being that when you take a sauna you inhale air hotter that 80 degrees which is a temp too hot for cold and flu viruses to survive).
Drink plenty of fluids as research has shown that drinking lots of liquids stabilizes the systems in your body which increases the strength of your immune system

Eat lots of fruits and drink lots of juices that contain high amounts of Vitamin C as this can help to increase the strength of your immune system.
Finally, if your entitled to one – get a flu jab.

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12 thoughts on “SOME OF THE BEST TIPS TO AVOID GETTING COLDS AND FLU THIS WINTER…

  1. Regular diet of oranges will boost the Vitamin C. We tell our grandchildren not to share bottles and glasses. Plenty of fluids and handwashing. Good tips Barb.
    Have you tried to get on Qondio lately?

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  2. Good article.
    One further point is staying warm. Whilst getting cold will not cause a cold or the flu (only a virus can), getting cold will make you more likely to develop symptoms.
    A study carried out in Cardiff at the Common Cold Centre found that people chilling their feet for 20 minutes were twice as likely to develop a cold as people who did not. (from the NHS website)

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