With daylight savings now finished, we thought it might be timely to revisit the topic of immunity and selfcare as we head into the thick of cold and flu season.
Below we round-up some essential tips for arming yourself with the best defence against bugs and virus-causing bacteria at this time of year. Plus, some tried-and-tips to consider if you are sick and want to beat the beast stat!
Plenty of sleep
Don’t underestimate the importance of eight hours shut-eye. Sleep is essential for your body to function smoothly and optimally, and is especially important when it comes to a strong immune system. Ever wondered why after a period of stress (or big weekend!) you fall ill? It’s most likely because you haven’t been getting adequate, quality sleep. If you struggle with sleep, try one of our favourite sleep apps for a good night’s rest. If you’ve already got a case of the cold or flu, it’s critical to rest at home for obvious reasons too.
Another underrated immunity and recovery booster is h2o. But how much water should we be drinking? A report found women should consume a total of approximately 2.7 litres of water from drinks and food each day, while men should get 3.7 litres daily. However, when you’re feeling under the weather, it’s even more vital to keep your fluids up.
Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out toxins and ensure your cells get all of the oxygen they need to function.
Warm water with lemon
Chronic cough? Throat feeling like razor blades? Boost the benefits of water by adding a squeeze of lemon, which boasts a myriad of health benefits. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is known to boost the immune system, prevent disease, fight the common cold and protect cells. It’s also been found to help improve digestion and aid in detoxification. Warm water with lemon – instead of honey, which is high in sugar – is a soothing alternative for a tender throat.
Get the flu vaccine each year
Check if it’s free for you.
Rug up and make sure your home is at least 18 degrees Celsius.
A saltwater gargle
Soothe a sore throat quickly with a saltwater gargle. Try dissolving 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water to temporarily alleviate a sore throat.
Run a bath
Nothing relieves achy, tired muscles quicker than a warm, relaxing soak. Try adding scented bath salts or a few drops of a decongestant oil – like eucalyptus or peppermint – to your next bath
If all else fails, embrace the opportunity to lie in bed, guilt-free and indulge in a quality (or trashy…) Netflix session 😉
Other tips that have been found to be effective in both prevention and speedy recovery are immunity-boosting supplements and of course, a healthy diet.