The change in season seems to be coming a little early here on our sunny Gold Coast with our coldest April evening in 16 years!!!! If you're not entirely sold on the idea of a Flu Shot, or even if you are, now is the time to start preparing your immune system so you can stay healthy and strong this winter and avoid the inconvenience of catching whatever bugs are lurking around the office.
There are so many cold and flu supplements, immune boosters, forms of vitamin C and Olive Leaf that it's sometimes hard to know where to start. So for your reference, here is our top picks for you this winter!
Never underestimate the power of a throat spray!!!
Most cold and flu viruses begin in your throat or are airborne. You're body's first line of defence is often your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs) and a good throat spray can help to kill off all those nasty little bugs before they have a chance to get to the rest of your system. There are only a few brands that put out a good throat spray so they are sometimes hard to find. You want something with a good antibacterial action, some immune boosting properties, and a numbing action never goes astray, just incase you do find you are starting to get some symptoms. Our suggestions include the Comvita Propolis Throat Spray or the Mediherb Throat Spray, both of which are available in store.
Protect your Gut Immunity for all around Good Health!!!
The importance of your gut health is quite often forgotten when it comes to considering your immune system. The good bacteria in your gut are often associated with protection from food and water bacteria and microbes, but what you may not realise is that they play a vital role in your immune system as a whole also. Taking a daily probiotic supplement is not just a good idea for your digestive health, but can also benefit your immune system. This goes for kids especially. Did you know that studies have shown that kids that take a daily probiotic supplement have less days off kindy than those who don't?! For a live probiotic that tastes delicious and works great, try Peace Love and Vegetables Coconut Keifir. It is a bubbly drink found in store in the fridge and is packed full of live good bacteria.
Prepare some good old fashioned Chicken Soup!!!
Whether you eat it now or freeze it and eat it later, having some home made Chicken Soup on hand is a winter necessity. With some fresh Onion, Garlic, Ginger and Celery, a few litres of Chicken Broth, as much veg as you like and even some rice, you'll have a therapeutic meal that will lift your spirits, warm you soul and boost your immune system on a cold winters day. There is just no point waiting until you feel sick to make it, you're sick, you just want to lie in bed and feel sorry for yourself! Make it up now and freeze it for later. Your future self will thank you for it!
Wear a Scarf and a pair of Socks!!!
It's what mum used to tell you all the time, keep rugged up, put something on your feet! But it really does work. You only need to get a chill once and you've left yourself open to getting sick! Any trained singer can tell you how important it is to keep your neck and chest warm in order to protect your voice. Well it also works for warming the air before it hits your lungs and prevents you getting a chill in your throat, and for some reason, if you let your feet get cold your whole body seems to suffer. So make sure you keep prepared with a scarf and a nice warm pair of wooly socks this winter.
That should just about have you covered. A few final tips and you're on your way to a winter of good health. Keep warm with a cup of herbal tea! Skip the coffee and hot chocolate and have some tea instead. Caffeine and sugar will lower your immune system, whereas herbal teas have some great therapeutic actions to keep you healthy. Ginger tea will warm you whole body and promote digestion! Try and avoid other stimulants in your diet, like alcohol and sugar which will also cause troubles! Eat lots of veggies and hearty soups and stew which are easy to digest and you can use lots of good herbs and spices in too. Have an early bed if you start feeling a little run down, sometimes all you need is a little extra rest. If you listen to your body it will tell you what it needs. If you don't listen, you may just end up sick until you do!!!
Stay warm and healthy this winter :-)