Fresher’s Flu is more than just an urban myth. University sees a gathering of individuals from each corner of the country and beyond, in such close corners no less, which causes an exchange of bugs and colds alike.

While almost everyone will develop at least a sniffle when they first arrive at university, most should overcome their initial illness in the first couple of weeks, while others will become intermittently under the weather – caught in what seems to be a never ending spiral of coughs and sneezes.

What separates the former from the latter, is generally down to a lifestyle choice – their diet. Now for those Freshers who are enjoying being in charge of their own cuisine for the first time, and hate the thought of putting a stop to the endless chain of Pot Noodles – separated only with the occasional takeaway – let me explain why your immune system needs a boost if you are overcome Fresher’s Flu.

Stereotypical students drink copious amounts of alcohol, have terrible sleeping habits and a portion of them even smoke, all of which weaken the body’s ability to defend itself against microorganisms that can cause you to fall ill. Combine this with the fact that student accommodation is generally left in less than hygienic conditions, making them a hotbed for germs, it’s no surprise that so many find themselves under the weather after moving to university.

Now onto the food. As a good rule of thumb, if it’s green it will probably help towards overcoming your illness, and keeping you in good health in the future. This is of course fine advice if such vegetables are common in your diet, but there are many students out there who have an aversion to them – but there are ways to overcome this. Instead of having a sprout of broccoli on the side of you plate, you can incorporate vegetables into you food in such a way that the flavour becomes masked or modified. One fine example of this is with spinach. Famous for providing Popeye with immense strength, this leafy green is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins alike, and is perfect for chopping up and adding to scrambled eggs. In a similar fashion you could try adding peas to a creamy pasta.

Adding Vitamin C is also allegedly great for battling colds and is present in tomatoes, which can be added to make a fresh salad, while tinned tomatoes make a good base for pasta sauce. Alternatively a simple glass of Orange Juice with breakfast can provide you with over a day’s supply of vitamin C in just one cup.