It’s advised to start building up your immune system a few months before winter to help fight off colds and flu. Here’s how …
1. Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet
Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that can help to boost your immune system. Fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamin C include red and green bell peppers, dark leafy green vegetables such as kale and kiwi fruit, pineapple, mango, broccoli, strawberries and oranges.
2. Get more sleep
When you sleep, your body is able to relax and repair itself from all that you have put it through during the day. A lack of sleep can affect your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flu.
3. Wash your hands regularly
Germs can live for hours on objects like door handles, escalators, light switches and toys. Create a strict routine where the whole family washes their hands when they get home, after playtime and before mealtimes. Always carry hand sanitiser and wet wipes in your handbag for when you don’t have immediate access to warm water and soap.
4. Keep on exercising
It is difficult to get up when it’s still cold and dark outside, but it’s important to maintain an exercise routine during the winter months. Regular exercise helps to strengthen and support your immune system. A quick 20-minute walk around the neighbourhood in the afternoon will be great for the whole family.
5. Start taking an immune – boosting and maintenance product
Linctagon Viral Defence capsules for adults and Linctagon Viral Defence Junior syrup for children (from the age of 1) can aid with immune support. The active ingredients in these two products include vitamin C, which assists with antioxidant protection, and echinacea which helps to combat the symptoms associated with colds.
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