After spending the week being a social butterfly, sharing ‘never have I ever’ stories with your new flatmates over shots, it’s inevitable that you’re going to come down with the plague that is…Freshers’ flu.
Freshers’ flu is characterised by a severe headache, cough, sore throat and generally just not wanting to leave your bed. Since you’d have to be pretty lucky to avoid this epidemic, we’ve put together some tips to help you on your way to a speedy recovery!
Fruit and Vegetables
Whilst you may think you’ve got away from the days of your mum force feeding you your greens, fruits and vegetables are the single most essential way to help improve your flu-like symptoms. These brightly coloured, nutritious foods are packed full of vitamins that act as antioxidants which help to reduce oxidative stress on the body. So load up on leafy green veg such as spinach, kale, broccoli and vitamin C packed foods such as peppers, kiwis and berries to give your immune system a much needed boost.
Whilst it may seem like an old wives tale that your grandma once told you, honey, has in fact been found to be a potent cough suppressant due to its natural ability to fight infection. This sweet yummy liquid also has soothing, immunological effects which aid the symptoms of a sore throat. Try adding a teaspoon of honey to warm water with a dash of lemon to help you get rid of that husky voice, just in time for your first lectures!
This fiery medicinal spice has been found to reduce replication of virus cells, stopping the nasty influenza from spreading. Tumeric contains Curcumin which is an antioxidant and natural antibiotic, so no need to reach for the medicine cabernet head to the spice rack! Add 1 tablespoon of Tumeric to hot milk for a warming dose of flu fighting nourishment.