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How to avoid getting ill on your wedding day

How to stop a pesky cold from ruining your wedding day.

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How to avoid getting ill on your wedding day
Avoid a cold on your wedding day. Image: iStock

The run up to your wedding day is known to be one of the most stressful times of your life and with your immune system at an all time low you’re more likely than ever to be struck down with a pesky cold.

Sadly no amount of make-up will cover a bright red sneezy nose and you probably won’t feel like dancing the night away when all your joints are aching. But do not fret –  A.Vogel’s nutritional therapist, Alison Cullen is here to help – as she reveals how her top tips to keep the dreaded cold away from your wedding day.

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1. 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. One serving of vegetables can contain over a hundred difference phytochemicals - these include flavones, isoflavones, anthocyanins, lignans, indole-3-carbinol, gallates and glucosinolates as well as vitamins and minerals.

2. Drink - green tea which is rich in many chemicals that have been shown to have health protective properties (phytochemicals).

3. 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. Beware that excessive exercise such as that undertaken during extreme training sessions for competitive sporting activities can reduce the immune response.

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4. Relax - it is very important to remember to schedule in some relaxation time on the run up to the big day so you don’t burn out. Book a spa day with your bridesmaids and treat yourself to a massage.

5. 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.

6. Sleep tight – Get your Zzz because not getting enough beauty sleep 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.

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7. 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!

8. Quit smoking – We all know smoking is bad for us but it’s also bad for immune function as well as everything else in the body. One cigarette destroys 25mg of vitamin C and a habit of four a day can wipe out most of your RDA.

9. Ditch fatty foods – Don’t comfort eat if you’re feeling stressed or hungover. Believe it or not, having a high fat intake or high cholesterol makes your immune cells lazy!

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10. 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!

Want more top tips? Here are 50 wedding health hacks every bride needs to read and mindfulness tips to ease your wedding stress
 

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