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‘Feed a cold, starve a fever’ may be a well-known adage, but with flu clinic season in full swing, Southport’s older residents are being reminded of the benefits of good nutrition when it comes to warding off winter bugs.

Wiltshire Farm Foods delivers hundreds of meals a month to Merseyside homes and has seen first-hand the many ways in which Southport residents attempt to ward off winter sniffles. Compiling the best home remedies and old-wives tales, the company’s myth-busting list will help keep colds and flu at bay this winter.

Nigel Brown, Managing Director of Wilshire Farm Foods in Merseyside, comments:  “Our drivers have seen it all when it comes to cold and flu remedies, but the oldest advice still stands –  get plenty of rest and give your body all the nutrients and liquids it needs to get better and fight a cold or flu virus. It’s really important to make sure you don’t become dehydrated, so drink lots of water – not just cups of tea.”

Cold and flu winter mythbusters

1.       Taking vitamin C to prevent or cure a cold – Stockpiling Vitamin C supplements may shorten the time you have a cold but it will not prevent you from getting one. There is no one quick fix or magic vitamin, but by eating a balanced and nutritious diet can you help to strengthen your immunity and give your body all the nutrients and liquids it needs to fight a virus.

2.       Carry a raw garlic clove to ward off the flu – Although garlic has been used in medicinal practices for centuries having a clove in your coat pocket is probably as effective against a virus as it is against vampires.

3.       Going out with wet hair will give you a cold – Exposure to viruses, not skipping the blow-dryer, causes cold and flu.

4.       Eat a raw onion to clear your nose – The strong smell from onion may help clear your nose and some suggest onions carry inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals that may act as remedies. But it’s probably not worth the bad breath. In fact, chicken soup might be more effective, as it has been shown to reduce inflammation.

5.        Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever – Most people are familiar with this idea, but in fact, not eating properly can make you feel weak and delay your recovery. Sweating, runny noses and watery eyes can all lead to dehydration, so it’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough. If you’ve got your appetite, try warming and hearty soups to give your body a boost.

6.       Drinking a hot toddy before bed – Although it can be comforting to make yourself a honey and lemon with a splash of something you fancy, it won’t make any real difference to your cold or flu symptoms. It’s much better to have a warming meal with plenty of vegetables.

7.       Eating/drinking junk food – When you’re feeling under the weather it can be tempting to justify eating processed junk food claiming that you ‘need the energy’, but in fact, it’s the worst thing you can do. Now is the most important time to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Opt for something simple and easy to prepare.

As the cold weather approaches, Wiltshire Farm Foods is also encouraging people in Southport to look out for their neighbours, particularly those who might need a little extra help during the winter months.

Nigel Brown continues: “Flu can be a serious illness, so communities need to look out for their family, friends and neighbours and help anyone that might be struggling during the winter months. When you have the flu, even the simplest tasks like cooking or shopping, suddenly feel like impossible chores, so a helping hand from a neighbour can make all the difference.”

Unlike many packaged meals available from supermarkets, the Wiltshire Farm Foods menu features more than 250 dishes, designed by the company’s resident dietitian to be nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare.

To discover more about the new menu or for more information about how you can have your meals delivered straight to your door call 0800 066 4227 or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com

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