Young woman avoiding catching a cold

How to beat colds and flu

If you want to know how to beat colds and flu, it is worth investing some time in looking after yourself before the first sign of a sniffle.

Illnesses are often the body’s way of telling us to slow down and look after ourselves better, so heed the signs as soon as they begin. If you think you are going down with the flu, it’s worth checking the NHS website to see if your symptoms are those of flu, or just a very bad cold.

How to beat colds and flu

The best things you can do if you want to find out how to beat colds and flu are to look after your body. To keep yourself healthy:

  • Get some extra rest
  • Drink plenty of clear fluids
  • Try herbal remedies for cold and flu
  • Get lots of fresh air when you can
  • Invest in some downtime to give your body a chance to fight the virus on its own.

Prevention is better than cure

By eating a nutritious diet and keeping our system well exercised we give ourselves the best chance of avoiding colds and flu and being knocked out by a nasty bug.

Foods that strengthen the system include home-made chicken soup which is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  Eating fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables are also excellent cold and flu remedies to give your body the nutrients it needs to defend itself.

Try a natural remedy for colds and flu

Consider trying a course of HRI Cold and Flu Echinacea

HRI Cold & Flu Echinacea is one of our popular herbal cold and flu remedies used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza (flu) type infections based on traditional use only.

A change of seasons can often be accompanied by a break out in colds and flu and if you’re particularly run down or stressed, you’re even more likely to succumb to symptoms which can include a mild temperature, aches and pains, a running or blocked nose, sore throat, coughing and general lethargy.

If you have an underlying medical condition or you feel your symptoms are not improving, visit your local walk-in centre for medical advice.  But if you feel like you’re at the beginning of a cold and can feel that tell-tale scratch in your throat or tingle at the back of your nose then follow our tips to help reduce or even avoid a cold or flu from taking hold.

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