7.30am Get up with ginger
Add a few slices of raw ginger root to boiling water to help soothe a sore throat. It also helps flush out toxins, kills bad bacteria with its anti-inflammatory properties and wards off feelings of nausea if you’re really run down.
9.30am Clear congestion
Head feel like it’s about to explode? Take Nurofen Cold & Flu Relief (£2.99 for 16) – it combines ibuprofen with phenylephrine (a decongestant) to help relieve that bunged-up feeling and provide pain relief for eight hours.
Drinking enough water will help flush out lurgies. You tend to lose a lot of fluid through your nose and from a fever, so replenishing is a must. It will keep your throat lubricated and loosen mucus.
1.30pm Eat an omelette or egg sandwich
Rich in selenium, eggs help protect your body’s cells from damage, while maintaining its defence system by stimulating production of cells in your immune system.
4pm Cure that cough
Dry? Chesty? Tickly? It can be confusing choosing the right medicine for your cough. Unicough (£8.99 for 150ml) – the clue’s in the name – treats all types by reducing irritation in your throat’s nerve endings.
6.30pm Turn up the heat
If you’re still feeling congested, try a warm compress on your face to make you feel better. Simply run a flannel under hot water, wring it out and place it across the bridge of your nose and cheeks for a few minutes. It will help release any built-up pressure.
8.30pm Sip a hot toddy
Not just an excuse for a tipple before bed, this old favourite can actually help ease your symptoms. Whisky dilates the blood vessels, bringing more immune cells into your nose. Honey’s thick consistency can help coat your throat and lemon gives you a hit of vitamin C. Hopefully, you’ll wake up refreshed and virtually sniffle-free... Or you’ll at least fall asleep quicker!