Research shows that brides should vow to stress less, or risk a Rudolf nose on their wedding day. Those suffering from stress are more likely to catch infection after infection. Echinacea was found to halve the risk of recurrent infections amongst individuals with higher stress levels.

Being stressed on the run up to your big day can wreak havoc on the immune system, so follow A.Vogel’s nutritional therapist, Alison Cullen’s, advice on how to stay cold and flu free this winter… Sam-Richy-21

Green tea

Green tea which is rich in many chemicals that have been shown to have health protective properties.

Eat well

Eat foods that are good for the immune system – a healthy plant based diet containing broccoli, cabbage, red fruits such as blackcurrants and strawberries, carrots, turmeric and onions contains plenty of immune protecting chemicals.

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Wedding workout

Getting some gentle exercise such as walking, swimming or cycling for half an hour daily can be very helpful both physically and mentally. But beware that excessive exercise such as that undertaken during extreme training sessions for competitive sporting activities can reduce the immune response.

Relax and reduce stress

Stress harms your ability to fight viruses and has a huge impact on the immune system. The best thing you can do to reduce stress on your wedding day is to plan ahead. Make a schedule for getting everything done and stick to it!

Sleep tight

Be sure to get enough beauty sleep, because not getting enough lowers your immune function. The body needs a good seven hours kip to help build itself up. Poor sleep over a long period can decrease the immune function very quickly.

Limit alcohol

Take it easy on your hen do because drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is also bad for your immune cells, which get disorientated and confused just like us!

Herbal help

Take Echinacea at the first sign of feeling run down to help support the immune system to fight off colds and flu. Try A.Vogel Echinaforce Hot Drink or drops to help banish symptoms early

The A.Vogel Echinaforce range is made from extracts of freshly harvested Echinacea purpurea plants organically grown in Switzerland. Extracts produced from fresh plants contain almost three times more active substances compared with those obtained from equivalent amounts of dried herb. It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting the immune system, helping to maintain the body’s resistance. It is formulated from fresh extracts of echinacea using a combination of 95% herb and 5% root.

Echinaforce Hot Drink 100ml NEW (2)

It is available as drops or tablets and is available at Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected pharmacies, independent food stores and A.Vogel.