The Best Ways to Treat Winter Bugs

Winter bugs are rife at this time of year, with coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu virus being particularly nasty. Shop-bought over-the-counter remedies tend to just dull the symptoms through painkilling ingredients rather than actively fighting against them. While this can provide some welcome relief from the discomfort, is there a better solution that you can turn to for a quicker recovery?

Natural Remedies

Honey & Lemon

The benefits: Honey has antibacterial properties so it's a good choice to add to a hot drink. Lemon is also highly recommended for colds & flu bouts thanks to its healing properties.

Best for: Sore throats

Ginger

The benefits: Ginger has a warming effect and when added to hot water, it can help to reduce mucus build-up to unblock your sinuses. 

Best for: Clearing your sinuses

Garlic

The benefits: Garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Adding a touch to a warming soup can help to get over a cold.

Best for: colds

Vitamins & Minerals

Increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals is essential when you're feeling run down. Antioxidants are particularly important as they can help to fight the cold or virus. 

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for these great, helpful tips.

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