OK, so there’s no such this as being TOTALLY immune to all illness. But nobody can deny that some people fare better when it comes to the dreaded winter lurgy than others.
Do you seem to catch every bug going, while your neighbour/best friend/colleague seems to glide through winter snot and sniffle-free?
Admittedly, our immune systems are all built differently and other factors can come into play (not least the type and amount of bacteria and viruses we’re exposed to), but there’s also a lot people do to help keep those bug-fighting mechanisms in good working order.
Here are 20 tips for keeping the winter bugs at bay…
1. Prioritise sleep
Treat yourself to an early night – studies have shown that plenty of sleep helps the immune system to function, while a lack of shut-eye can weaken it.
2. Manage stress
High stress levels can weaken the immune system. So chill out!
3. Have a hobby
Having a favourite activity or pastime keeps us active and boosts our happy hormones – helping us to stay healthy and keep sickness at bay.
4. Get outdoors
Cooped up in an office full of germs all day? Tear yourself away from the computer and step outside for some fresh air.
Having a good chuckle will get your heart beating and also helps reduce stress levels. So book those comedy tickets, or switch on your favourite sitcom, now.
6. Eat berries
Berries are a great source of vitamin C, a key cold-busting nutrient. Note to self: blueberry muffins probably don’t count.
7. Drink water
H2O is awash, if you pardon the pun, with health benefits – and not just when it comes to hangovers. It also helps flush out bad bacteria and can prevent dehydration, constipation and kidney stones.