You know the signs: tickly throat, runny nose and the overwhelming desire to head straight back to bed.
Side note – please ignore any well-meaning advice to “starve a fever”. A fever is part of the immune system’s attempt to beat the bug. While raising your body temperature to fight off the pathogen, metabolism increases and results in more calories being burned. For each rise in degree of temperature, the energy demand increases further.
Essentially, that means you need to eat. Here’s what I reach for at the first sign of a cold.
Mug of warm water, plus some extras
When I’m fighting off a cold, the first thing I do is get a big mug of warm water and squeeze the juice of a lemon into it, then mix in a little manuka honey.
This gives me a good hit of vitamin C from the get go. For years, vitamin C was praised for warding off the common cold, but new research suggests it’s actually more useful in helping you recover from colds faster.