Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Winter is traditionally the season for colds and flus; we all spend more time indoors and in closer proximity to each other (don’t pretend you haven’t huddled for warmth!) allowing germs to spread more easily.

Colds and flus are viruses that attack our body’s cells when our immune system is out of balance. A healthy body recognizes the threat of a virus and eliminates it before it can invade. But when our immune system is compromised, the virus often wins and we get sick.

There is no cure for cold and flus, so prevention is the best medicine. Follow the below 7 tips to help ward off those colds and flus this winter.

1. Eat Healthy

While this is an obvious statement all year round, eating a well balanced diet and avoiding intake of foods that are low in nutrients, therefore suppress the immune system, is a must to help prevent colds and flus. Go for lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, nuts and seeds, good fats and a small intake of whole grains, and avoid junk food and processed foods.

2. Hydrate

Drink at least two litres of water daily. Water flushes harmful toxins out of our body and is vital for the proper functioning of all body systems. Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol as they dehydrate, and fruit juice can add unnecessary additional sugar to your diet. Herbal teas are also a good addition, particularly green tea which contains antigens that help fight infection.

3. Relax
Your body needs down time in order to recover. Make sure you get enough sleep and rest time to allow your body to de-stress and rejuvenate. Physical and emotional stress cause dis-ease in the body and reduces the immune system’s effectiveness so don’t forget the ‘you’ time!

4. Remove Germs

Viruses are spread through contact with infected surfaces. Wash hands often and avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands, use a tissue instead and dispose of it immediately.

5. Try a health tonic like Siberian Red
Those of us who are prone to pushing ourselves too hard either through work, training too hard, or stress, can feel the extra effects of exhaustion and become more vulnerable to getting colds and flus.  Siberian Red is a health tonic made from Siberian fir tree extracts that increases the body’s ability to handle stressors. It is high in antioxidants, contains natural iron and can play an important role is supporting your general health and wellbeing.

6. Saunas

The skin is the body’s largest organ and acts as protection from the outside world. It also acts as a toxin eliminator, through perspiration, so its ability to cleanse is stimulated greatly through the use of saunas. As with the feeling of well-being and lightness we get after a fever (often mistaken for a symptom of disease is actually part of the body’s natural healing process) saunas prompt a similar effect.

7. Exercise
Moderate exercise is vital to keep the body and immune system healthy. Exercise helps remove toxins from the body and cleanse the lymphatic system. It is also a great way to reduce stress.

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