A change in the seasons is often accompanied by a rise in viruses, bugs, colds, coughs and allergies. As winter turns into spring, our immune systems are particularly vulnerable – after months of staying inside with the heating on, our poor bodies get a bit of a shock when they venture outside and are hit with the changeable weather of spring!

However, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from an onslaught of cold-like symptoms. Here are a few of our top tips…

1. Up your vitamin intake

Vitamin C has been proven to help support the immune system, while B vitamins play a vital role in supporting the biochemical reactions in your gut. Overhang is one of the best drinks for replenishing your vitamins and minerals.

For a quick vitamin fix, grab a health drink or a healthy soft drink that has a high vitamin content, then supplement this with a healthy and varied diet of vitamin-rich foods such as oranges, tomatoes, and strawberries.

2. Replace your coffee with a low calorie soft drink

Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more susceptible to airborne bugs. Make a seasonal change by swapping out your morning coffee for a ginger drink or milk thistle supplement like Overhang. The tang of the ginger will wake up your taste buds, while the milk thistle soothes your digestive system and helps to boost your immunity.

3. Get more sleep

A good night’s sleep is the best way to keep your body healthy and well. Multiple studies have shown that people who don’t get enough quality sleep are more susceptible to illness, while a lack of sleep can also slow down recovery times when you do get ill. When you sleep, your body can rest and repair any damage that has been caused by the previous day, so it is vital that good quality sleep is prioritized, especially during this time of year. And remember, if you can’t get your full eight hours at night, there’s always naps!

To prepare your immune system for the changing season, pick up your Overhang today at Tesco* and Asda*, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons, select WHSmith travel sites, and Amazon UK & EU. The link to Amazon is: https://goo.gl/Ktd3yj

Sources: LiveStrong, Copeman Healthcare

*(South West of England only)