There is so much to enjoy and look forward to in the winter. Cold, crisp, sunshiny days and cosy evenings; fantastic seasonal produce for hearty soups, stews and casseroles; and of course, Christmas.

But for many of us, this can be accompanied by coughs, colds and flu (or the sheer dread of them). And while Christmas is a time to be jolly, it's easy to party hard, burn the candle at both ends, neglect your health and start to feel rough.

Some of you may also have the pressure of preparing for large family celebrations which can leave you feeling rather stressed and overwhelmed, which can also affect your general wellbeing.

But there are so many natural and effective things you can do to create and maintain a sturdy foundation to keep you fighting fit throughout Christmas and beyond. 

We have listed a few for you here, and feel confident that if you follow some of our recommendations you'll have a better chance of staving off those winter nasties and recovering more swiftly if you do.