Make sure you don't get the sniffles with these simple tips to avoid coughs and colds
Tips to avoid coughs and colds
A recent study found that zinc supplements can reduce the length of a cold and make its symptoms less severe. You’ll need to take a supplement within a day of getting a cold for it to work. You can get 100 zinc tablets for £5.49 from hollandandbarrett.com
Turmeric and ginger are both common ingredients in curries and research has shown that they can help to boost your immune system and protect against infections. A nutritionist has also claimed that fenugreek, an ingredient used in Indian cooking and in our green chicken curry recipe can help soothe your cold and flu symptoms and protect you from catching the illnesses. Try one of our great curry recipes.
Smoking and drinking may be enjoyable for many of us, but they won't help you fight off an infection. Smoking means you're more likely to get a sore throat, while wine and beer will attack your liver and it will take longer for any germs to leave the body. Find tips on how to stop smoking.
Stress is a huge factor in staying healthy, so if you can cut out the things that get you all knotted up, then you're less likely to catch a cold. More information on stress and how to beat it.
If eating lots of fruit sounds like hard work, why not rustle up a fruit juice. Oranges, limes, strawberries, blackberries and apples are all packed with immune-boosting nutrients and can really help fight off sniffles. Try one of our non-alcoholic cocktails.
We're not saying you smell! Washing your hands is one of the best and easiest ways of stopping viruses getting to you. Get expert advice about hand washing
We're not suggesting that you start training for the London Marathon, but getting regular exercise, even if it's a 20-minute walk to the shops, will help. Working your body increases its natural defences and reduces the chances of getting ill. More easy exercise tips.
Garlic can be a real turn-off to some people, but it is one of the most powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral nutrients around. If you find the taste too strong, you can always take it in tablet form. More recipes and tips for garlic.
While you're under the duvet and your brain is having a rest, your body is using the time to recharge and fight off any infections. 30 ways to get more sleep.