We’re slowly creeping towards that time of year again. The leaves are falling, soon the pumpkin flavoured drinks will be hitting coffee shops and cold and flu bugs seem to be everywhere you look. People on the bus are sneezing on the bells and people in work are coughing all over your sandwich in the lunch room, but never fear! Here are some tips on how you can strengthen your immune system to avoid those pesky germs.

Avoid stress:
I know this is easier said than done but when you’re particularly stressed or feeling run down you’re immune system will become more vulnerable and more prone to attacks from germs and viruses. Whenever you begin to feel run down try and take a step back from the situation. Reevaluate your surroundings and focus on ways to relieve some of the stress.

Getting enough sleep?:
Let’s be honest, we all love a good nap. Unfortunately for us, napping isn’t enough. We need to make sure we are getting enough sleep each night as our body works hard to repair any damage as we are sleeping. The more rested we are the stronger our immune system will be.

Wash those hands!:
We often pick up colds from people we’ve never even met, which is annoying as we always want somebody to blame. Things like handrails and door handles are a playground for germs. It’s always worth washing your hands whenever you can. This is why hand sanitiser is such a useful invention. It’s like carrying a kitchen sink with you, you can disinfect your hands whenever you want!

Eat good stuff:
You know that old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It’s worth remembering. Introducing a variety of fruit and veg into your diet will not only keep you fit, but will also improve your general well-being. Why not add some berries to your breakfast, a banana to your lunch and some broccoli to your dinner? Adding a little more goodness to your diet will help build up your immune system and help you beat and bugs.

Flu jab:
If all else fails you can pop into your local pharmacy or doctor surgery and ask about getting a flu jab. If you suffer from asthma, are pregnant, are a carer or have certain medical conditions you may be entitled to a flu jab for free on the NHS. If not prices can vary between suppliers but are generally around the £9.99 mark. For more information speak to a health care professional.

I hope these tips come in handy over the autumn and winter periods. Wrap up warm and eat those vegetables!