How Echinacea Tablets Can Help You Avoid Catching a Cold
With the heatwave of summer now just a distant memory, now is a good time to start thinking about how to protect yourself against winter colds and other viruses for the coming season.
Here in the UK, the common cold is – well – extremely common. As our fluctuating temperatures help to spread germs, we could all potentially face a lengthy bout of coughing and sneezing at some point during the autumn and winter months.
Nothing offers an absolute guarantee that you can avoid catching a cold, but there are plenty of ways to help boost your immune system to help keep them at bay. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, good hygiene practices and taking echinacea tablets can all help to protect you against the worst of the winter lurgies .
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the first signs of flu activity usually start around October and peak by mid-winter. So by starting to protect yourself against the common cold early, you can help to boost your immunity before the sneezing season takes hold.
Easy Ways To Keep The Common Cold At Bay
- Wrap up warm
It may sound like a cliché, but keeping yourself warm really can help to protect against colds and chills this winter. When your body is focused on keeping warm, it is less able to fight off infection from germs floating around in the air we breathe, so you’re more likely to catch a cold. You can lose as much as 30% of your body heat via your head, so it is worth wearing a hat when you’re outdoors to help keep your whole body warm and prevent chills.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is not just good for your waistline, the vitamins in the food we eat can help to prevent against illness. A diet that contains brightly coloured vegetables such as sweet potatoes and beetroot for example, will provide you with a healthy dose of vitamin A to help to support your immune system. Oranges, strawberries and blackberries are all rich in vitamin C, which also helps you fight off colds and flu and other infections. Eat well to keep well, and introduce plenty of fresh foods into your diet during the winter.
- Get enough sleep
As we sleep, our body works hard to repair any damage that has occurred during the day, and this includes fighting infection. Getting at least 7 hours sleep a night means your body has time to recover each day, increasing your ability to fight off viruses like the common cold and winter flu. One clinical trial found that participants who reported sleeping fewer than seven hours a night were nearly three times more likely to catch a cold after exposure than those who slept eight hours or more.
Be sure to get a full nights sleep in a warm, but well-ventilated room as the nights get longer.
- Take echinacea tablets
Echinacea is the UK’s favourite herbal remedy for boosting the body’s natural resistance to a wide variety of illnesses and infections. Many people find that taking a course of echinacea tablets before the cold season gets into full swing can help them to increase their chances of staying well all winter long.
You can choose to take one tablet a day to support your immune system to help prevent catching a cold, and double the dosage if you start to feel the first sign of coming down with a cold or flu. HRI Cold & Flu Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu-type infections based on traditional use only.
Each HRI Cold & Flu Echinacea tablet contains 56mg of extract from Echinacea purpurea root, equivalent to 338-450mg of Echinacea.
- Wash your hands
During the winter months, the common cold is easily spread by physical contact with individuals who are already carrying cold germs. Coughing, sneezing and rubbing your eyes can transfer germs onto your hands, ready to pass to anyone else you come into psychical contact with.
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and using an antibacterial soap or alcohol gel, can help to kill off germs before they can be spread. Good hand washing hygiene should come naturally all year round, but keeping clean can really help to prevent the spread of germs this winter.
Making a few simple changes to your diet, getting more sleep and taking some echinacea tablets can all help you and your family avoid the dreaded cold this winter, and keep you feeling at your very best until the warmer weather returns.
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