Protect Yourself This Winter

14 Jul 2022

Over the past couple of months Australia has seen its fair share of cold, wet, and miserable weather. As we are truly into winter now, it looks like this weather is here to stay. What does this mean for you? An increased chance of getting ill this winter season. Unfortunately, people being run down by the common cold, flu and now Covid-19 is frequent but here are five helpful tips to help protect you this winter. 

1. Ensure you stay warm and dry  

Remember how your parents always told you to rug up when the temperature dropped? Well, they were onto something as low body temperatures can increase the likelihood of you getting sick. The body is not as effective at fighting a virus when chilly air enters the nose and ears, so viruses such as the common cold, the flu and COVID-19 often spread more easily in the winter. 

2. Increase Vitamin C & D intake  

By taking Vitamin C and D supplements it can help your immune system function properly. The main benefit of taking Vitamin C is that it can help reduce the severity of cold and flus attacking your immune system allowing your body for a quicker recovery. Plus, it is important to have enough sun exposure to maintain your Vitamin D levels but with the sun disappearing during the winter months, a supplement may be required.  

It is recommended to have regular blood tests to keep an eye on your levels. Always discuss with your GP first before taking new supplements.  

3. Reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet, eat more natural food 

Malnutrition or a diet lacking in one or more nutrients can impair the production and activity of immune cells and antibodies, which can increase the chances of catching the common cold and flu. Be sure to eat enough nutrients as part of a varied diet for the health and function of all cells, including immune cells. Diets that are limited in variety and lower in nutrients, such as primarily of ultra-processed foods, can negatively affect a healthy immune system.  

4. If able, have a flu vaccination  

Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against flu and its potentially serious complications. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as babies, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.  

5. Continue clean hygiene practices  

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Hygiene practices do not stop there. Cleaning and using disinfectant frequently on touched surfaces at home, work or school can help prevent the spread of germs. 

Those are the top 5 tips to help prevent getting ill this winter.