LIFESTYLE: How to Naturally Prevent Winter Colds…

This week’s blog post has a lifestyle focus. I’m sharing ten natural ways to build immunity during the cooler months and prevent the common winter cold. I hope you find this blog post useful and stay warm and healthy this Winter! Take care lovelies x

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1. Ensure Your Get Plenty of Zzzz: research shows that whilst you’re sleeping, your body is working hard to repair cells and injuries you may have incurred during the normal day’s wear and tear.

2. Vitamin C: increasing your vitamin C intake during the cooler months is a wise idea as it helps boost the immune system, and is said to prevent and shorten the duration of the common cold. Some great (and delicious) ways to do this include eating more orange and other citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, parsley, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

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3. Sip Warm Liquids: this is a natural cold remedy used in many cultures (and with good reason). Warm liquids such as herbal tea (lemongrass, ginger and honey is highly recommended and helps to naturally build immunity), chicken soup, tumeric lattes, and other warm drinks are soothing and help ease congestion.

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4. Wash Your Hands Regularly: keeping hands clean is one of the most important and simple steps we can take to avoid getting sick and decreases the chance of spreading germs to others.

5. Keep Moving: getting your blood pumping regularly can increase the activity of a type of white blood cells that attacks viruses.

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6. Manuka Honey: if you’re suffering from a sore throat or cough, manuka honey is full of antiviral and antibacterial properties which can reduce inflammation and helps provide some relief. Whilst this type of honey is more expensive, I believe it’s worth the money – it’s quite strong so a little goes a long way, and you can usually buy it in small jars which are typically less pricey. Not to mention it tastes delicious! Some of my favourite ways to enjoy manuka honey include stir into your favourite tea, spread on toast or crumpets, mix with warm milk before bedtime, or naturally sweeten your smoothies (I’m yet to try this myself).

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7. Stay Hydrated: water, juice, soup broth, tea and warm lemon water are all said to help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Try to avoid alcohol and coffee as they can sometimes make dehydration worse.

8. Avoid Getting Close to People Who Are Sick (when possible: okay, so obviously don’t be rude, but try and postpone catchups with people who are sick (if they’ve got a nasty bug, are on antibiotics, or they have the flu). For example, don’t shake hands or get too close to people whilst they’ re sick.

9. Use Hand Sanitizer: I find it handy to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my handbag, especially when travelling or catching public transport – it’s strong enough to kill cold and flu germs.

10. Stay Warm & Rested: when you start to notice the first signs of a cold, staying warm and listening to your body is important and helps your body direct its energy toward fighting off the cold. Self-care is key, especially in this stage.

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11. Consider The Flu Shot: Okay, so this last tip isn’t a ‘natural’ remedy, however I think it’s worth mentioning.

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I hope you found this week’s lifestyle blog post useful and hopefully no one catches a nasty cold this Winter. Stay warm and take care lovelies! 🙂

Do you have any tips for beating the sniffles and the common cold in Winter?

Daisy Chain Daydreams xox 

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