How to beat the flu this winter

So yesterday it was all balmy summer times and today it’s snowing all over the place. Yes, winter has well and truly arrived friends and with it, comes the wintery thing we all dread most. No, not having only a dog to snuggle up to on those long winter nights (although not ideal), we’re talking about the flu.

It’s happening already and as it seems to be every year, the one we’re dealing with this year is a bad one. Cool.

Because we don’t see any reason for you not to be living your very best life all year round, we’ve compiled a little list of ways you can attempt to beat the flu before it beats you.

Mum says take your vitamins
Seems Mum was right (who knew) when she continually ranted about taking vitamins; how they boost your immune system, improve your overall health and all the other life-changing things vitamins do. We tuned out a lot. The point is, these days there are vitamins for absolutely anything you can think of. Need to boost the strength in your little toe? There’s a vitamin for that. Probably. Interestingly there are also probiotics that will help to heal your gut bacteria, thus boosting your immune system, there is Vitamin C to also help boost your immune system and there is even Olive Leaf extract for general wellbeing. All of the vitamins for all of the things

Get fit or die trying
Don’t die trying, but catchy right. Obviously the fitter you are, the healthier you are and we can also tie eating healthy into this little paragraph because, less typing. The healthier you are, the stronger your immune system and the more likely you are to be able to ward off the illnesses that want to take you DOWN. You don’t have to go all crazy with it, just a 30 minute walk a few times a week, maybe some stretching of those tired, worn out muscles and if you’re feeling extra energetic (which you will be), some bodyweight exercises (squats and the like) will up the flu-warding-off goodness even further. Trust us (and actual Doctors), the exercising is the goods.

Stress less
Sounds simple enough but we’re quite aware that it isn’t. If you’re stressed, it will negatively affect your immune system and you know what that means. FLU TIME. Combatting stress is a complicated process and the reasons for it being in your life can be a million fold. We get it. But, there are ways to reduce your stress and these ways include things like getting more sleep, putting your phone away a few hours before bedtime and not looking at it again, taking time to breathe, clear your mind to stop it racing for a hot minute and of course, giving yourself a break. Life is hectic; don’t waste it worrying about things you can’t control and surprise, no flu for you.

There you have it, three simple(ish) things you can do to keep the flu at bay this winter.

Of course, if flu symptoms do start to rear their ugly heads (they definitely have ugly heads), you can pop into your local Chempro Chemist to stock up on things like lozenges, all of the aforementioned vitamins, sinus clearing goodies, decongestants, anything you could possibly need really.

Happy winter Gold Coasters, it’ll be sweet, sweet summer again before you know it.


Words by Kirra Smith



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