7 Ways To Prevent A Cold
Coughing, sneezing, spluttering, sniffing; avoid it all with these expert tips.
Suddenly, everyone’s ill. In fact, most of us will have at least one cold every year*. Whilst permanently carrying a tube of anti-bacterial gel and donning a surgical face mask might be the obvious no-cold solution, it’s not really err… stylish. Elizabeth Wall, nutritionist at Holland & Barrett reveals some easier options.
1 EAT THE RAINBOW
don’t ditch the green smoothie just yet, but add some variety. elizabeth explains: ‘a rainbow of colours will ensure you’re getting a combination of the different nutrients available.’
2 IMMUNITY SUPER BOOSTERS
add this to your daily supplement list, pronto. the herb echinacea could help reduce the number of colds you get if you take it throughout the winter season for at least 10 days, and if you do pick up a bug, it may help reduce its severity.
3 GET To bed
we hardly needed an excuse to hit the sack, but elizabeth recommends getting eight hours of sleep a night to strengthen our immune system. try getting your body into a routine by going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at a similar time each morning.
4 KEEP Moving
‘Staying active can help protect you from colds. aim for 0 minutes daily of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, to keep your immune system ticking over.’
5 hands OFF Your FACE
‘Be mindful not to touch your eyes or nose as the cold virus can enter your system throughout these two body parts if you’re carrying the infection on your hands.’
6 WASH Your hands
‘Hand hygiene is crucial in the defence against colds, and washing them regularly with soap and hot water is the most effective strategy,’ says elizabeth. no, a quick finger dip under tepid water won’t do the trick. research suggests that we should be washing our hands for a solid 0 seconds**.
7 GET THE d
‘without sufficient vitamin d your body’s tcells lie dormant and aren’t able to destroy the bugs.’ eat food with naturally high levels like eggs and mackerel and try this get More vitamin d drink, £1.45 at tesco.