Tips for boosting immunity this Autumn

2018-10-18T11:20:58+00:00October 18th, 2018|Everyday Wellness|

Now the children are back at school and the nights are drawing in we feel ourselves heading into Autumn. And with that comes the cough and cold season.

There is still no cure for the common cold – treatments focus on managing the symptoms such as fever, aches and pains and runny nose. However, there are steps that we can take to try to boost our immunity to avoid catching a cold in the first place.

    1. Practice good hygiene – when you have been in a crowded place or in the same room as someone with a cold wash your hands. This can help to remove any germs and prevent the spread of colds
    2. Always use a tissue! Trap germs when you sneeze and bin it to stop the spread of germs
    3. Go outside and move! Research from North Carolina has shown that walking for 30-40 minutes five times a week almost halved the risk of catching a cold
    4. Try to get a good night’s sleep – being run down can make you more likely to catch a cold
    5. Consider a flu vaccine if you are in an at-risk group – this includes pregnant women, people over 65 or people with a long-term health condition
    6. Watch what you eat – ensuring you have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet can help make sure you get the right level of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy
    7. Consider a dietary supplement – certain vitamins and minerals have been shown to boost immunity. Vitamins C, B6 and B12 can contribute to the function of the immune system and help reduce tiredness and fatigue

     
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