Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season where most of us will come down with bugs and viruses and sniffly noses.? Most of us leave the house armed with soft, balm hankies smelling of menthol instead of our favourite scent, with a bottle and enough cold and flu drink sachets to supply a chemist.
There are great ways to combat bugs and boost your immune system throughout those wintry months so that Christmas and New Year are not celebrated from your bed.
Getting plenty of moderate exercise sends those immune cells racing round the body killing bacteria and viruses. It can be hard to drag yourself out on dark nights but it is worth wrapping up and heading to the gym, fitness class or putting on a fitness DVD, so you don?t even need to leave your cosy living room.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for a good immune systems and if you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, you will be getting everything you need.
Many of us have less sleep over the festive period, whether it?s wrapping presents into the early hours while the children are asleep or out partying with friends until the wee small hours. It is so important to get some early nights and some long lie-ins so you can re-charge the batteries. Your body repairs and replenishes its cells while you are asleep, so think of it as a time when your body arms itself to fight off those nasty germs.
Over the party season, our diet can be poorer. Some research shows taking zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D can help support our immune system. SO why not take a supplement at this time to fill in any gaps in your diet. We all want to be fit too enjoy the fun and festivities. It is better if we can do this without resembling Rudolph with a big shiny red nose. So take these basic steps to fight off flu bugs.