Get ahead of winter before it arrives

The dreaded cold and flu season is coming – here’s how to stay well, the natural way

We’ve all been there; someone in the office is coughing all over the place, the kids are picking up bugs at school or you’re just trying to be all things to all people and next thing you know, you’re sick.

As the warm weather draws to a close and our mornings are replaced with frosty windows and puffer jackets, stay ahead of the curve and lurgy free with these easy ways to boost immunity, the natural way.

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Herbal tea

We’re probably all guilty of drinking less water as the temperature tends to drop, which is where a warm cup of tea (or five) comes in handy.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Ginger

Herbal teas can be a great source of antioxidants, which can help lower cholesterol. But not all teas are created equal - their strength depends on the type of tea and the processing methods, so read the label.

We love Matka Organics here at the Spa and you can warm the senses with a cuppa whilst you have a spa experience, and even take some home! If it’s a winter helper you’re after, try the immune blend next time you’re in.

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Don’t skimp on the zzz’s

Sleep is to health like coffee is to Mondays. It sounds simple enough, but it needs to be a priority. A lack of sleep may affect your immune system and make it harder to recover if you do catch a cold or flu.

Not getting the rest you need means some essential proteins released during sleep to help fight infection and inflammation aren’t given a chance to work, so long-term sleep deprivation is a big no when it comes to staying well.

Creating a good sleep routine can be the ticket to a better nights slumber, so try doing the same things before bed each night to prepare your body and brain for sleep - like reading, journaling or meditation.

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Get enough sunshine

Easier said than done when it’s gloomy outside, but getting enough vitamin D can have a real impact on your likelihood of getting a cold – which can be a challenge in cooler months.

When the UV rays hit bare skin, it triggers the production of vitamin D, so take advantage of the sun when it pops out from behind the clouds and get away from your desk, take the kids to the park or walk to the local café for your coffee. Just remember – if the UV Index is 3 or above, or you’re spending extended periods of time outdoors, you should make sunscreen part of your daily morning routine.

There you go, some simple ways to keep healthy in the lead up to winter (and during it) to keep fighting fit and away from those annoying coughs and colds.