Winter is Coming: Beat Colds and The Flu This Winter

The best cold and flu prevention tips and Natural Remedies

As if the freezing chill isn’t enough to deal with, people seem to catch colds and flu with ease during the long winter months.

We want you to stay healthy all year round so we’ve compiled the best tips to prevent colds and flu.

And if by some unfortunate chance you catch a virus, our natural home remedies and tips will get you feeling better in no time.

While we aim to provide you with useful information, it goes without saying that if you feel really sick, then visit your doctor.

The difference between a cold and the flu

Before we talk about prevention and natural remedies, let’s first explore the differences between colds and the flu.

It’s important to know which one you are dealing with. Generally speaking, most people are able to recover from colds without needing additional medication. The flu is more serious and you might need to see a medical professional.

Compare your symptoms to this table to determine which virus you’ve caught.

Image Source: CDC

How to prevent colds and the flu

1) Keep your hands clean

Prevent microscopic viruses and bacteria entering your body by washing your hands regularly and especially after meeting with people and shaking hands.

Also, be sure not to touch your eyes, mouth or nose as these are primary means by which we catch bugs.

2) A’Choo! Sneeze the right way

Be sure to sneeze into an elbow or tissue to avoid spreading germs.

Remember, you might be harbouring a virus several days before you show symptoms, so be sure to always cough and sneeze hygienically as possible.

Similarly, try avoid being in close proximity to someone who is coughing and sneezing.

3) Get vaccinated

While getting the flu vaccine does not provide 100% protection from you catching the flu, it is one of the best ways to prevent flu.

Additionally, the flu vaccine helps people recover quicker in the event that they do catch the flu.

4) Exercise regularly

We do not recommend exercising if you are sick, but if you are feeling well, then keep up with exercise.

Regular exercise has been shown to boost the immune system which is vital for staying healthy in winter.

5) Get enough sleep

Insomnia and poor sleeping habits will put your body under strain and you might be more susceptible to illness.

Prevent colds and the flu by adopting a good bedtime routine that promotes relaxation and deep sleep.

Prioritise sleep as this is the time when the body performs most of its healing and regeneration.

6) Load up on nutrients

A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is essential to health, not just to prevent colds and the flu. Without the right micronutrients from food, you won’t be able to function optimally.

Whether you are eating paleo or keto, or just trying to cut down on sugar, every decision you make regarding what you eat will have an effect on your overall health.

How to recover quicker when you have a cold or the flu

Ok, so despite your best prevention efforts, you still landed up catching a virus and now you’re walking around feeling pretty sick.

There’s no need to suffer as your body fights to get well again.

Use these tips and remedies to speed up your recovery:

1) Rest

Our #1 recover tip is to allow your body to heal. If you force yourself to exercise, socialise and go to work, you will delay getting better.

If you are truly sick then you need to stay home and this is also to protect your colleagues. The last thing they need is someone coughing and spluttering all day, making the entire office sick as well.

2) Drink honey and lemon tea

Studies have shown that honey has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities.

Make a warm drink with a teaspoon of raw honey, juice from half a lemon and some ginger to taste.

This tea is soothing, hydrating and helps the body heal.

3) Probiotics

Promoting good gut health is essential when you are sick but it is not easy when your appetite is suppressed.

A high-quality probiotic can make all the difference to your gut flora during times of stress.

4) Get fresh air

We’re not saying sit outside while you are recovering from a bad case of flu, but be sure to crack a few windows open and get some fresh air in.

Fresh air will help flush microbial particles out of the environment, which is essential if you want to avoid passing your bug onto your family.

5) Garlic and onion

These have been shown to boost the immune system and should be eaten all year round.

6) Light meals

Eat nutritious but easy-to-digest meals so that your body can obtain vitamins and minerals easily.

7) Water

Be sure to stay adequately hydrated when you are sick so that your kidneys can function optimally and flush out toxins.

Closing thoughts

It totally sucks to catch the flu or come down with a nasty cold, but there are ways to prevent getting sick and easy tricks to get better quicker.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, put your health first so that you can get through winter feeling healthy and strong.

Use these tips to prevent colds and the flu and be sure to share this article with your friends and family.

For the BEST health info, follow us on Pinterest and Facebook!

You might also enjoy:

  1. Foods that boost your mood
  2. The benefits of seeing a chiropractor, even if your back doesn’t hurt
  3. Easy healthy eating tips