26 November 2019
Have you found yourself waking up with a sore throat, congestion or the dreaded flu? Unfortunately it’s that time of the year again! Here are a few ways to help protect your body against the long winter season ahead.
Rest and recovery
Rest and recovery are a vital part of keeping yourself fit and healthy, physical repair of body tissues and balancing of hormones responsible for our immune system occur primarily at night, during sleep. It’s important to ensure your quality of sleep is just as good as the quantity. Avoid drinking caffeine later in the day and relax your brain before bed by reading a book or listening to some calming music.
For many of us exercising isn’t appealing in the nicest of weather, let alone in the cold and rain. However, keeping on top of physical activity is a great way to keep your immune health in check. It’s as easy as going for a half an hour walk after work, parking a little further away from your destination and walking, or a good old fashioned home workout. This physical activity results in an increase in body circulation, meaning immune cells are able to reach all parts of our body more often, keeping invaders like cold and flu viruses well away.
Keep stress to a minimum
Although it’s sometimes easier said than done, keeping on top of stress is a must when it comes to both your mental and physical health. I’m sure you’re able to think of a time when you’ve become run down and under the weather, usually due to a stressful time at work or home. Our bodies respond to stress by increasing the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone which in the long term can suppress your immune system, allowing viruses to attack. It’s also important to ensure you have a good work-life balance, don’t let life get in the way of what makes you happy.
Get the flu shot
It’s highly recommended you receive the flu vaccine, especially if you are elderly, have asthma, a weak immune system or you are pregnant. With all the home remedies, teas and tablets available, there is still no certain cure for the common cold. Rest, fluids and avoiding those with sickness will all definitely help. Try not to regularly touch your eyes, nose or mouth and wash your hands frequently are easy ways for the dreaded germs to remain at bay.
Here at Spire Harpenden Hospital your health is our priority. We have expert consultants in over 30 specialties from gynaecology and urology, to oncology and orthopaedics. With no waiting lists we are able to get you back to doing what you love quickly. Give our friendly team a call today on: 01582 714 420.