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Fighting a Common Cold: The Houseguest you DON’T Want this Christmas

Santa with presents, yes. The in-laws, just about. A cold? No way! A cold virus is definitely not a houseguest any of us want this Christmas!

But, unfortunately, Christmas is a very active time for the cold virus and the seasonal activities provide plenty of opportunities for it to spread just when we’re all more susceptible to catching a cold. 

It’s cold outside

The cold virus thrives in a cooler environment. In fact, according to researchers at Yale Universitythe immune system is weaker in a colder nose, allowing the virus to develop easily.  

Close proximity

Over the holidays, you’re more likely to be spending time indoors with friends and family which presents a great opportunity for the cold virus to spread from person to person as you’re all closer together. 

Break in routines

When you break from your regular routine, it can have an impact on your immune system too. Add to that not getting  as much sleep as usual and food choices that err more on the unhealthy side, and it’s a perfect recipe for a detrimental effect on your body’s defences against germs and bugs.  

More sofa less action

Generally speaking, we’re less active over the festive period, often opting to snuggle up on the sofa rather than sticking to our regular exercise routines. Keeping active helps our immune system function as best it can, so a lack of exercise can have an impact on our ability to ward of cold germs. 

Try our tips to keep colds at bay and keep yourself well over the festive season.

  1. Wrap up warm

When your body needs to work to warm itself up, it doesn’t have the resources to fend off potentially harmful germs. 

Layers of clothes are a great way of managing the variations in temperature, from a centrally heated indoors to a cold outdoors. Keep wrapped up when you’re out in the cold and wear a hat and scarf to keep properly cosy.

  1. Keep active!

The holiday season is a great opportunity to mix up your exercise routine rather than break from it altogether. Instead of hitting the gym, why not go for a long walk after your Christmas dinner?

  1. Eat healthily

It’s great to indulge in seasonal treats but remember to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need by eating well-balanced meals. 

  1. Sleep plenty

Holidays and late nights often go hand-in-hand and that can have a negative impact on your health. When you sleep, your body heals and repairs itself, and your mind processes the day. Try and get to sleep as close to your regular bedtime if at all possible to minimise the impact on your body. 

  1. Try HRI Coldcare

With a unique and powerful blend of echinacea, vitamin C and zinc, HRI Coldcare helps relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. You can take HRI Coldcare to help boost your immune system to prevent a cold, or if you suspect you already have a cold, it can help relieve some of the symptoms you’re experiencing such as a runny nose. 

HRI Coldcare carries the THR (Traditional Herbal Remedy) symbol which guarantees the highest standards of quality and safety in Europe, as approved by the government regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
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