Stay Above the Weather this Cold and Flu Season

It’s not the end of the world, but you can often feel that way when you’re run down with sickness, especially in winter. We’ve got a few hot tips to get you through the next few months.

Take your fight-amins
If your Vitamin D levels run on empty in winter, there goes one of your body’s lines of defence. It does a great job of encouraging your body to fight off
colds. FACT: according to Canadian researchers, taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.

Make your face a handsfree zone
Unless you’re thinking about introducing sterile surgical gloves into your winter wardrobe, keep your mitts off your mug. People who touch their eyes and nose are 41% more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than folks who go handsfree, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Occupational Health.

Say hello to yoghurt
Cold and flu viruses may just have an Achilles heel more common than you’d think – Greek yoghurt! In a study published in Clinical Nutrition, people who consumed a specific stain of probiotics daily reduced their risk of catching one of these bugs by 27%. Try and aim to eat at least one serving a day of Greek yoghurt with live cultures.

Refill your meditation
Contemplate perfect health for yourself and take a moment each day to meditate. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who meditated took 76% less sick days then those who needed to keep their zen in check. Meditating helps you to stay focused, calm, and alleviates stress – often when you’re most vulnerable to being run down.

Order a shot
The number one thing you can do to prevent the flu is get vaccinated! Even if another strain infects you, the flu shot helps to reduce symptoms. (PS it’s free for those over 65.)

Sweat it out
Korean researchers report that exercising switches on your immune response so make sure you stay active when you’re sick – even if you don’t feel like it!