We can already hear it; the snot-sniffing in the office, the ‘Jaysus! I’m frozen!’ as we close windows and doors in the hopes of keeping the heat in.
Yes, the evenings are getting darker, the days are getting colder and flu season is well and truly upon us.
But we don’t have to live in fear of the day we’ll wake up with a runny nose and a throat like sandpaper, no there are things we can do to prevent it.
While they might not guarantee a flu-free winter, these ten things can help boost your immune system which will make it harder for the pesky thing to start.
2. Sweet potato
4. Dark leafy greens
8. Green tea
9. Pinto beans
10. Chicken soup
Research has been published in The American Journal of Psychiatry that claims to have found how a specific gene reacts to stress, and apparently, this could predict whether or not a person is at risk of suicide.
Dr. Zachary Kaminsky took blood samples from living people, and found an increase in the chemical that sets off this gene in those, who had reported suicidal thoughts.
Dr. Kaminsky said that this discovery could help a lot of people: “If we can identify who is at risk, we may be able to intervene in effective ways. Notably, we could identify individuals in military populations who are more vulnerable to stress. We know they’re going to be experiencing stress when they go off to combat.”
These advances in science can’t come quick enough, Ireland had the second highest rate of suicide across Europe last year.
If you’re feeling down, remember there’s always someone to talk to.
There is nothing worse than the winter vomiting bug – we’d take a head cold over it any day – but thankfully scientists may have found a way to ward it off and it’s pretty tasty.
According to new research, there is a particular ingredient in pizza that can help prevent you from catching the awful stomach virus.
Carvacrol found in oregano oil, which gives pizza its distinctive flavour, has now been found to be highly effective against the norovirus – yay!
Apparently there is a chemical in the herb that strips through the virus’ “tough outer protein coat” which then allows other agents in the body to destroy it.
Unfortunately, before you go stocking your freezer full of pizzas, scientists have said that “no amount of pizza consumption will protect anyone from norovirus”. They also added that if too much is consumed it will cause a burning and numbness of the tongue.
Looks like our best defence is still hand sanitizer, for now at least.