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7 tips to fight the common cold

The cold snap is just around the corner, arriving at a pace we’d rather not get in the way of. This is the time of the year in which colds, coughs, sore throats and runny noses are running rampant, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re well prepared from any potential attacks on your body!

Remember, it takes just one little cough or sneeze from an “infected stranger” to put you out for 2 weeks. The following Top 7 tips for preventing the common cold are worth their word count in gold – it could be the difference between you making it through this cold season unscathed or being ill for 50% of it:

1. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep

During the colder months, you may find it increasingly difficult to get out of your warm cosy bed, ready to face to cold outdoors. On average, we sleep just 6 1/2 hours according the UK Sleep Council. This simply isn’t long enough in order to maintain a strong immune system – Keep you body healthy by grabbing at least 7 to 8 hours of shut eye each night.

2. Eat Fruit & Vegetables!

Unhealthy comfort food such as chocolate and baked goods can be the easy fix for nutrition whilst the snow falls outside. Try and substitute this habit for plenty of fresh fruit and veg. If you’re in desperate need for a sugar fix, try going for an in season satsuma or a handful of plump raisins. Root vegetables are also in harvest, so getting hold of suede, turnips, pumpkin and squash is an easy task. Affordable too!

3. Milk And Cookies!

OK maybe not so much the cookie part, but all dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt are great sources of vitamins A and B12 – important weapons in your immune system arsenal. The calcium found in dairy also helps to keep bones strong.

4. Keep exercising

You’ve got 80% more chance of getting a cold in the winter than any other time of the year – That’s why you want to make sure you’re as fit as possible to defend against any unwanted viruses. Aim to do around 120 minutes of aerobic or cardio exercise each week to help strengthen your immune system, and help you feel more energetic.

5. Start your day properly

You can’t beat the warming sensation that porridge can provide on a cold winter morning. It’s not every one’s cup of tea, but porridge boosts your intake of fibre for the day helping you feel fuller for longer. A few slices of fresh fruit in addition to a healthy dose of honey makes for the perfect start to any day. Read more about porridge in another one of our articles: 10 ways to kick start your day

6. Keep your hands clean

If you use public transport, are out and about throughout the day or generally handle a lot of items during the working day, you could in potential danger of picking up a dormant bug from a surface. Aim to wash your hands before every meal and after you use the bathroom in order to minimise coming in contact with any viruses – Scrub for at least 30 seconds people!

7. Multi-vitamins can help

During the winter months, get hold of an easy to swallow multi-vitamin tablet that you can introduce into your morning routine. It’ll help to keep your vitamin reserves topped up whilst your venture around the great outdoors.

Go any tips you’d like to add to this list? Leave us a comment below.

10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 1)

Getting the right start at the beginning of the day can drastically affect your performance and focus throughout the day. Without a routine healthy start to your morning, you’ll find your energy quickly dipping throughout the day. The easiest way to prevent this is to ensure that you kick start your day in the proper manner!

Porridge or oatmeal is great for breakfast!

Porridge or oatmeal is great for breakfast!

This article is going to be broken down into two parts – The first part contains the first 5 ways to kick start your day! Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top ways of getting your day off to the great start that it needs:

1 – Healthy balanced breakfast – Possibly the most obvious factor to a perfect start to your day, a healthy breakfast is vital to keeping your energy levels high throughout the day. Plenty of fibre, proteins and nutrients are essential which can easily be found through wholegrain cereals, granola, natural yogurt, dried fruit and berries. Try to stay clear of fatty meats, low-fibre cereals and white breads.

2 – Preparation the night before – In order to get yourself up and out there quickly, it’s useful to prepare everything you need the night before. There’s nothing worse than hunting for your car keys in a groggy brain “just-woken-up” state! Make sure everything is easy to find, including your outfit for the day. It’ll also give you plenty of wake-up time, including all important breakfast time.

3 – Snooze Control isn’t your friend–  The snooze button was invented by a lazy person! Just kidding – but although the snooze button may seem like your best friend, it really is not beneficial to your body. Falling asleep only to wake up again 5 minutes later doesn’t necessarily make waking up for the day any easier. Muster up all your willpower and get up and soon as your alarm rings – you’ll thank yourself later in the day!

4 – Regular wake-up times – Waking up at the same time everyday biologically programs our bodies to eventually wake up naturally each day. By waking up in this matter, you’ll find yourself feeling fresher and ready for the day without too much effort.

5 – Waking up in the sunshine – Our bodies respond to darkness by producing the sleep hormone known as melatonin, which is why it’s difficult for many of us to wake up during the winter in a dark bedroom. If you can’t sleep without closing the curtains, be sure to open them as soon as you wake up to allow natural light to flood the room.