Keeping Your Family Healthy This Winter

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As winter approaches, it’s only normal to start picking up coughs and colds. But, sometimes it can feel like you’re spending the whole season passing colds between yourselves, never quite recovering before the next wave hits. This can be especially true if you’ve got school-aged children who seem to pick up, and pass on, everything going.

However, there are some simple things that you can do to help keep yourself and your family healthy this winter, and there is nothing more important than your health.

Get a Flu Shot

While the flu vaccination won’t protect you from the common cold, it’s still worth getting. Flu can be exceptionally awful, especially for young children. Many people are entitled to a free shot, but, even if you aren’t, they can be bought relatively cheaply.

Wrap Up Warm

While our parents always told us to wrap up warm to avoid getting poorly, it’s only recently been proved to have any effect. Cold germs breed faster in a colder environment. So, keeping warm can stop the spread. Make sure you wrap your family up in hats, scarves, gloves and coats whenever you go out.

Keep Your Home Warm

Keeping your home warm over winter time is essential to keeping your family healthy and happy. Consider upgrading to a high-quality gas furnace which could be cost-effective, efficient and keep your home warm for many years to come.

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is your first defence against colds and coughs. Make sure you and your family wash your hands after using the toilet, blowing your nose, eating, touching your face and at regular intervals. Teach young children to blow their nose and throw away the tissue before washing and invest in an anti-bacterial gel for when you are out of the home.

Eat Well


Taking a multivitamin won’t hurt, but you can get all the immune-boosting vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, as well as cutting alcohol and drinking lots of water will naturally boost your immunity, but if you need a little extra help, make sure to include plenty of these foods:

  •    Garlic
  •    Citrus fruits
  •    Broccoli
  •    Spinach
  •    Almonds
  •    Yogurts
  •    Kiwi fruit
  •    Oats
  •    Eggs

Get Lots of Rest

Sleep gives your body a chance to recover and recuperate. Not getting enough sleep means you start every day less than your best, with your bodies functions struggling to keep up. Doing this frequently can make it much easier for illness to strike. Sleeping eight hours a night can prevent illness and infection and help you fight off anything you do pick up much faster.

Give in


In today’s society, we often try to power through when we are ill. But, this just leads to you not quite recovering and your immune system not returning to top form. Instead, as soon as you start to feel ill, give in. Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest and take a proper break from life.

Let yourself be ill.

Generally looking after yourselves and encouraging your family to do the same will help to keep you all fighting fit all year around.

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