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10 Ways To Prevent Colds And Flu

(1) Chicken Soup

Packed with protein and replenishing fluids, chicken soup really is good for colds and flu. It works as an anti-inflammatory and speeds up the production of mucus, which helps your immune system fight and remove the virus that has caused you to be poorly.
(2) A Hot Bath

A piping hot bath helps clear the airways. Adding olbas oil can help further and will make you feel more comfortable by reducing the pressure on your sinuses and head. It can also loosen mucus and make breathing easier. It's also plain soothing and will calm any aches and pains caused by the flu.
(3) Brazil Nuts

Full of selenium and protein, surprisingly a handful of these will help your immune system fight back.
(4) Sleep

This will come as no surprise, but getting some decent sleep will do more than an entire forest of Brazil nuts. It allows your body to allocate resources to immunity and there's plenty of evidence that proves those who get more sleep are less likely to get ill.
(5) Vitamins

Giving your body the right vitamins and minerals to boost immunity and battle bugs is vital. If you're not sure you're getting enough in your diet, take a multivitamin or give yourself a boost with zinc, vitamin C, selenium, vitamin D and magnesium.
(6) Gentle Exercise

You shouldn't go for a full on work out when you're coming down with something but some gentle exercise is actually good for fighting back. Try taking a stroll or doing some yoga to get your blood moving without overstretching yourself.
(7) Spices and Strong Flavours

Hot chilli, ginger, garlic and other pungent tastes and spices are thought to be beneficial when you're coming down with an illness. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, hot foods help you sweat out the illness and ginger, turmeric and sage are all used as flu-fighting ingredients.
(8) Wrap up Warm

Cold doesn't cause illnesses but if you've been exposed to a virus, you want your body to be able to focus on keeping you well rather than just trying to keep you warm. Wrap up when you're going out, drink hot drinks and don't scrimp on the heating.
(9) Drink Tea

As well as keeping you hydrated, flushing out toxins and keeping you warm, teas are packed with antioxidants that help give your health and immune system a boost. White and green tea is ideal, but black tea and fruit teas do you good too.
(10) Take Echinacea

There are many studies that promote taking Echinacea for several weeks at a time when your immune system is under pressure or if you feel a cold coming on. If it doesn't prevent illness, it can lessen the effects of a cold and even shorten its duration.
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