A runny nose, sore throat and headache — we all know the symptoms of a cold — but the flu often proves to be more severe with symptoms such as nausea and muscle ache plaguing many of us during the winter months.
Here are some ways to beat infections.

Eat well

A strong and healthy body makes it much easier to fight off infection, so be sure to fuel your body with the right foods over the winter break. A diet filled with antioxidants will boost the immune system and keep your body running at full speed.

Get plenty of rest

Sleep helps keep us protected from potential bugs and infection. When we sleep, our bodies release disease fighting antibodies that bolster our immune system. Sleep also reduces stress, which leaves the body vulnerable to viruses. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your pillow at night. Its refreshing, relaxing scent has balancing properties that may calm the mind and body.

Wash your hands frequently

We come into contact with millions of disease causing bacteria every day — door handles, keyboards, trolleys and ATM buttons are just some of the surfaces that host nasty germs.
Washing your hands frequently is the best mechanism to avoid the spread of infection. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after contact with contaminated objects. .

Hydrate

Don’t be fooled that the cool weather means you don’t have to drink as much water as you would on a hot summer’s day. Be sure to keep hydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Although a cold glass of water can be refreshing, warming it slightly will help with digestion and allow the water to be absorbed into your system more efficiently. Dehydration can cause exhaustion and fatigue, making you all the more prone to catching a cold.

Keep the kitchen clean

As the heart of the house, the kitchen harbours more germs than any other room so keep this area especially clean this season. Give your home a break from harsh chemical based cleaning products and opt for natural options instead like using essential oil infused products to keep your family clean and safe.
Along with these simple tips, good hygiene and looking after your body are the sure-fire ways to prevent getting sick this winter. ❐