How to Avoid Colds This Season

 24 Mar 2017

With shorter days and longer nights, it’s easy to fall victim to unhealthy life choices around this time of the year. You might be overindulging to make up for the colder weather and skipping the morning trip to the gym to avoid getting up in the dark. Though it might feel like a good idea at the time, in the long run, you’re probably not doing your body any justice. You may have even noticed more sniffling, coughing and sneezing around the office lately. With less motivation to keep your body healthy, it’s no surprise that autumn is a popular time for the common cold.

So how can you avoid being ill? The trick is to maintain a healthy body and prevent viruses from attacking in the first place. Bacteria and bad germs usually infect individuals who are more susceptible so it’s important to keep your body strong so it can defend itself all year round. Here’s what you can do:

Sleep better.

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-rested night. Sleep is important because it’s the only chance your body gets to heal and repair itself.  Getting a good night sleep every day is imperative for a healthy heart, weight and mind.

Eat immunity boosting foods.  

Nourishing your body with immunity boosting foods like garlic is a sure-fire way to ensure your body is equipped with cold-fighting tools. Garlic for example is filled with plenty of antibacterial properties and promotes a healthy gut flora, which rids the body of bacteria and toxins.

Drink more water.

Dehydration is very common in autumn and winter. Many find it challenging to drink water when it’s not scorching hot outside. Dispel the myth that drinking water has to be a chore! You can easily get your 2 litres a day by drinking tea, soups and sparkling water.

Up to 75% of Australians are chronically dehydrated. Scientific research suggests that regularly drinking H20 can have some surprising benefits.
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