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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rosh Does: Tackling seasonal flu the natural way!

Cold and flu season is here, common cold strikes 930,000 Brits a day and it has already taken some of my work colleagues hostage. And so now is a good time to make sure you are prepared and protected when that runny nose, high temperature and sore throat strike.

This does not necessarily mean heading to your nearest GP or pharmacy to stock up on prescribed paracetamolas there are plenty of alternative natural remedies that can be just as effective at combating those seasonal sniffles.

From getting a good nights sleep to homemade recipes below are my tips for tackling the seasonal flu and staying healthy.

On average an Adults (18+) need 7 to 9 hours sleep as recommend by the National Sleep Foundation. I know that for me I need at least 8 to 10 hours of beauty sleep every night to feel at my best the next day as I tend to usually drink about 1-2 cups of coffee a week I need that extra rest!

Getting a good nights’ sleep is essential to keeping your immune system in balance as when you feel run down you are more susceptible to illness, including cold and flus. A study found that those who got less than 7 hours sleep a night were three times more likely to catch a cold.

This goes without saying. Drinking water daily is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Recommended water intake is around 2 litres a day according to the NHS. I tend to aim for 1.5L of filtered water every day. You need a constant supply of liquids to replace those lost due to fever and infection.

Vitamin C
I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes… you know name it! Making sure you always consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C, especially leafy greens as these will not only help you prevent colds but a hefty dose of the vitamin at the first sign of symptoms can help clear a cold up faster. Get those spirulina, kale, green apple and spinach shots ready!
I do not play when it comes to the cold, on average I wear around three layers top to bottom these include thermal vests, long sleeve t-shirts and thermal leggings. Even thermal socks, when I woke up to snow on the ground Friday morning these all kept the warmth trapped in to stave off those icy winter breezes! As I commute to and from London daily, you can never be too sure if you’re going to be abandoned on a cold train platform waiting for the delayed 18.01 to Bedford!

I purchased my thermal vests from Primark and I brought the thermal leggings for £14.90 and long sleeve tops for £12.90 from Uniqlo.

Hot Drinks
Now I swear by a mug of hot Ribena just before bed to warm you up and help fight infection but I know for some of you (including my best friend) the idea of hot Ribena feels you with dread and so an alternative is the infamous Hot Toddy. According to Physician Dr Sarah Brewer a traditional Hot Toddy of whiskey, honey and lemon infused in boiling water is the best go to remedy for a speedier recovery time. 

As I mentioned in my previous New Year’s Resolution post, I am doing Dry January so I would leave out the alcohol and replace this ingredient with ginger ale. The honey coats and soothes a sore or dry throat, the lemon helps to cut through mucus to clear nasal passages and tackle viruses and ginger is a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria that causes cold. For those of you wanting a little tipple before bed the whiskey helps you to sleep and aids in reliving congesting by dilating the blood vessels.

What are your natural remedies for tackling seasonal flu? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter!

Rosh xo

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