Simple steps to help you to steer clear of dreaded lurgies

These simple health tips will help you to steer clear of the dreaded lurgies.

Man With Cold

The change of seasons brings out the bugs that cause colds and flu but, by following these simple health tips, you can steer clear of the dreaded lurgies.

Eat well
A healthy, well-balanced diet the most important aspect of health and wellbeing. So, eat a variety of nutrient rich foods and make sure you get out for a long walk once a day, or two short, vigorous walks. You’ll be amazed at how strong your immune system will be just by following this one tip.

Eat these essential micronutrients
It’s one thing to have a well-balanced diet, but there are some micronutrients you can eat to give your immune system a real boost. If your diet takes in all five food groups, you should be okay, or you can focus on foods rich in:

Vitamin A

  • milk and dairy
  • dark green leafy vegetables
  • fish
  • sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkins

Vitamin B6

  • fortified cereals and grains
  • beef and poultry
  • starchy vegetables
  • non-citrus fruits

Vitamin B12

  • milk
  • Swiss cheese
  • yoghurt
  • fortified cereals
  • liver
  • mackerel/salmon
  • sardines

Vitamin C

  • citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes
  • Kiwi fruit
  • blueberries
  • red peppers
  • kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • strawberries
  • broccoli

Vitamin D

  • salmon
  • eggs
  • fortified dairy products


  • nuts
  • seafood
  • chicken
  • eggs
  • mushrooms


  • oysters
  • lean meat
  • poultry
  • seeds
  • legumes


  • wholegrain cereals
  • lean meat
  • fish and poultry
  • legumes
  • nuts
  • leafy green vegetables

Increase your probiotic intake
Probiotics help to bolster your immune system by increasing white blood cell activity and boosting your natural immune barriers. You can take a probiotic supplement, or you can just incorporate more of these foods in your diet:

  • yoghurt
  • kefir
  • sauerkraut
  • dark chocolate
  • microalgae
  • miso soup
  • pickles
  • tempeh
  • kimchi
  • kombucha tea

Get more sleep and exercise
It’s easy to sleep in during winter. I mean, how good is it to wrap yourself up in your doona and put a pillow over your head for a cold morning sleep-in? Easy. But getting up and exercising is a little more difficult – especially in the colder months.

Still, after a good sleep, it’s not so tough getting up, popping the heater on and doing a few push ups, some yoga and maybe some stretches.

Your body works its best when it gets a balance of good food, rest and exercise, so make a concerted effort to get a good night’s sleep, then eat well and exercise a little each day and you’ll reap the rewards – and be more likely to stay fighting fit this autumn and winter.

Do you have cold and flu fighting tips for our members?



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    30th May 2017
    Or simply raise your Glutathione levels as we do - Just returned from 5 weeks on a cruise ship, no suffering with colds, flu, virus or other nasties. Have not suffered with the flu for over 20 years and do not have flu injections.
    30th May 2017
    The flu jab seems to be worthwhile. I haven't had flu since I started getting the vaccinations, and I used to suffer from it once or twice a year before that.
    30th May 2017
    We find a thin smear of Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) inside the nose before you get on a plane or other crowded areas works wonders. We have been doing this for over 30 years - we are both in our seventies and steer clear of cols and flu germs!
    30th May 2017
    Could not think of anything worse than putting petrol up my nose. Why not use pawpaw ointment or something else natural.
    30th May 2017
    Or just wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
    30th May 2017
    Just make sure you get lots of fresh fruit and veg in the diet which needs to be most of your diet adding heaps of Vitamin C from natural foods not supplements. I use Olive Leaf Extract once or twice daily and never get sick. Just stay away from snufflers.

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