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4 Ways To Beat The Common Cold This Winter

There’s only four weeks until Christmas and if the John Lewis advert didn’t get you in the spirit then the freezing cold weather sure will. Tis’ the season to be coughing, sneezing and feeling unwell, so here are our top tips for beating the common cold.

Words: Shannon Cowley, Subeditor: Jade Ratcliffe

Temperatures in London have dropped to a freezing 6 degrees, there’s talk of snow, and the rain keeps on coming. It may only be November but winter has definitely arrived. And nobody is enjoying it.

Its now (sadly) appropriate for us to let go of our Ibiza summer memories and dig out the winter thermals. We’d all love to be toasting marshmallows by an open fire and listening to Christmas songs on repeat, but a cold walk to the tube station is the reality for most. Brace yourselves for the endless coughing, sniffing, and sneezing on the tube. We don’t want you to get sick this winter, so here’s four top tips to beating the common cold.

1. Always carry hand sanitiser

Keeping your hands clean can help prevent catching the common cold. Source: Flickr Arlington County
Source: Flickr Arlington County

The underground can be a gross place at the best of times, but when you’re sharing your commute with a carriage full of cold-ridden office workers you need to protect yourself from germs. Its reported that keeping your hands clean can prevent colds in your community by 16-21%. Avoid touching the poles where possible, move away from the red-nosed man in a suit and always carry hand sanitiser with you.

2. Remember: layers are attractive

You're less likely to get sick if you wrap up warm. Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

Ok, so maybe they’re not. But they are cosy, so who cares. Its definitely time to switch to your winter wardrobe, get out the thick tights, thermals and even the long johns (if you must). The NHS recommend staying warm because it naturally prevents cold and flu symptoms. It’s also a good excuse to treat yourself to a new coat.

3. Hot water, lemon and honey

A lemon and honey tea is great for your immune system. Source: Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

You’ve probably heard your nan talk about lemon tea as a cure for colds thousands of times, but it really does work. The remedy boosts your immune system and balances your PH levels, allowing you to fight off any unwanted bacteria. Plus it tastes amazing and will give those winter mornings a little boost.
Try this honey and lemon tea recipe for the best result. 

4. Stock up on cold and flu medicine

Stock up on medicine to help fight cold symptoms. Source: Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

Keep your first aid cupboard ready for winter with an array of cold and flu medicines. Even if you are being cautious there’s a high chance you’ll still catch a cold. To prevent it lasting longer than necessary make sure you’re clued up on which medicines work best. Take a look at this guide to treating cold symptoms.

Good luck.