Winter is finally here which for most people is an exciting time of year due to all of the festivities that are going on and the chance to cosy up at home in front of the TV. However, coming down with an illness is more common during the winter season because of the temperature drop and the bacteria being able to multiply in our warm houses and infect us all.

Here are some clever tips on beating winter illnesses.


Buy an air purifier

Having an air purifier around the home can eliminate millions of bacteria from entering your body and prevent you from becoming ill. Many air purifiers are fitted with an HEPA filter which removes even the smallest of molecules from the air for you. Not only that, it keeps the air moving in your home and can dramatically improve any mould problems you might have while keeping your home smelling and feeling fresh.

Speak to a professional

Sometimes a visit to the GP isn’t needed. Did you know that pharmacists are actually trained to be able to recommend treatment for patients so you don’t need to see a GP? They can often consult with you on your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan. If they think you need to see a GP they will let you know. This is a great service because it frees up the GP’s time for small ailments like the common cold and stomach bug. There are also online doctors that can help and recommend what course of treatment to take from the comfort of your own home. So the next time you feel like you might be coming down with something, consider speaking to your pharmacist or speaking to an online doctor.

Turn down the heat

As mentioned earlier in the article, the heat in our homes can help bacteria multiply which means we are more likely to come down with an illness. Consider turning down your thermostat by a few degrees to deter bacteria from multiplying. Also, if you’ve not used your central heating in a while be sure to clean out any dust from your radiators as bacteria might be lurking within.

Eat well

It’s all too easy to fall into a routine of junk food when the weather is colder because it’s more comforting and easier to make. However, if your body isn’t getting the nutrition it needs then you’re less likely to be able to fight off any illness that tries to infect it. Make sure that you’re eating well at all times and packing your diet full of nutritious food so that you don’t risk coming down with anything. Eating well will also reduce any stress you might be experiencing; therefore, making you feel better in the long run.

Try these four clever tips this winter and you will soon see that you’re not as exposed to illnesses as you were before. Remember, if you’re very unwell it’s always best to speak to your GP so that you can begin the best course of treatment and regain good health.