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As the world’s most infectious disease, we’re all pretty resigned to the fact that we’re going to catch a cold at some point, (adults contract colds between twice and four times a year, and children up to 10 years) especially as winter starts to settle in.

But you don’t have to just accept cold and flu defeat. And although there isn’t a definitive cure, there are many natural, antiviral preventatives that can boost your immune system so you stay healthy when germs are rife.


Here are a few natural remedies to try this cold and flu season:

Power up on probiotics

Many microorganisms that reside in the gut perform important functions. So when something like poor diet, stress, sickness or antibiotic use disrupts these ‘good’ bacteria, it causes havoc with our immune system.

That’s why when your body is fighting off harmful bacteria, it may need a little help replenishing the good bacteria in the gut so you can improve your body’s overall defenses.

Stock up on probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kimchi, and kefir, as well as an all-natural probiotic supplement like Releaf Probiotic 12-Strain which contains a combination of 12 probiotic strains, that assist with improving or normalizing the microbial balance in the intestines, thereby improving the functioning of the digestive system.

Studies have shown that probiotics can be effective in reducing the frequency and duration of common respiratory tract infections such as the common cold and illnesses with flu-like symptoms.

Get more than 40 winks

Lack of sleep is more than just a day full of trying to hide yawns; it can seriously impact your health in many ways. When you’re sleeping, your body relaxes, repairs and regenerates, so if it’s not getting enough of this recuperation time, your immune system weakens, and you become more at risk of gaining weight and developing memory problems.

A good night’s kip has proven to the boost immune system and help filter ‘T-cells’ into our lymph nodes, which are essential for protecting our bodies against harmful germs. So try implementing a relaxing sleep routine like a hot bath or shower, meditation, reading, or a good cup of tea in the evenings to help you get more shuteye.

Sweat, don’t sweat it

Chronic stress can affect your immune system and your ability to shut down the inflammatory processes that lead to infections; while sweating can help your body excrete toxins and raise your core body temperature, killing off potential pathogens.

So perhaps while you’re making that summer body this winter, you’ll also be keeping colds and flu at bay, as a recent study showed that regular exercise can help prevent colds and flu.

And if you’re not keen on gym or heated yoga you can cheat with a sauna session. Did someone say spa day?

As cold and flu season approaches, try turn these practices into daily habits that will help keep you healthy all year round. Cold and flu, who you?

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