Top Tips to Stay Healthy and Prevent Illness
Between the emergence of warm-hued leaves, cool temperatures and crisp air, it’s clear that autumn is now officially in full swing. However, that also means it won’t be long until increased sneezes, sniffles and sore throats signal the beginning of cold and flu season. Indeed, cold and flu season spans from November through March, causing more than 2,000 trips to the hospital across the UK every year.
Although suffering from a cold or flu during the autumn and winter months is common, these illnesses are often preventable. Consider the following guidance to stay healthy and limit your risk of suffering from the common cold or flu this year:
- Know the symptoms – More than anything, it’s important for you to be aware of the common cold and flu symptoms to ensure early detection and immediate treatment. Cold symptoms appear gradually and can include a runny nose, sore throat, headache, coughing and sneezing. Flu symptoms appear suddenly and include a sudden fever, aching body, dry cough, sore throat, diarrhoea, exhaustion and loss of appetite.
- Ensure a healthy immune system – Maintaining a strong immune system during cold and flu season is critical in helping boost your body’s natural defences. Make sure your immune system is prepared to fight off illness by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly and getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
- Keep germs away – While you should always make an effort to limit your daily germ exposure, this practice is even more crucial during cold and flu season. Avoid germs by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before a meal, after using the toilet and anytime you cough or sneeze. In addition, regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched spaces in your home – such as tables, counters, chairs, desks, the sink and the toilet.
- Purchase illness essentials – Lastly, be sure to stock up on vital home treatments and remedies in the event that any cold or flu systems arise. This includes tissues, disinfectant wipes, a thermometer, tea (green, ginger and lemon-based teas are best), soup and over-the-counter medicines.