We want you to stay sneeze free this winter! So we have put together our top tips to stay healthy and ‘drip’ free!
Why do some people catch every cold and virus going around and others manage to escape it altogether?
Your susceptibility has a lot to do with how well our immune system is functioning, and the great news is we can do so much to support it with with little adjustments to food we consume and our lifestyle.
Here are our top 6 tips to staying sneeze free this winter:
Winter sun – one of the main reasons we get more infections in winter is because we have far less sun exposure which means less exposure to Vitamin D, a nutrient closely linked to our immune-system. If you are lucky enough to be able to take a holiday in winter to top up your levels, DO IT! If not, then eating more sources of Vitamin D such as mushrooms, eggs, tofu and drinking almond milk will help.
Improve the bacteria in your stomach – amazingly 70% of our immune activity takes place in our intestines! Gut flora provides a protective barrier against pathogenic bacteria (strains that can make us ill) and viruses, preventing them from getting into our bloodstream. Support your healthy bacteria levels by eating fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, miso and tempeh.
Avoid getting run down – being too busy, stressed, anxious and losing sleep means we eat more sugary foods, starchy carbohydrates and drink more coffee to keep going. These cause us extra physical stress, and the main hormone that our bodies release to switch off stress (cortisol) also suppresses our immunity. So it is imperative that we look after ourselves, relax when we can, sleep more and cut out the junk if we want our immune system to do its job!
Top Tip: Our Beauty Blend contains Maca. This is grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Maca is also said to help alleviate anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings.
Nourish your immune cells – our defence system needs a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to function well (enter our Beauty Blend) that is why fussy eaters and extreme dieters are more susceptible to colds every week! Pack loads of nutritious foods into your diet especially foods rich in zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, this means more fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, like alfalfa and tempeh.
Get clever about your Vitamin C intake – Vitamin C needs a range of bioflavanoids (plant chemicals) for it to be metabolised properly by our bodies, and these are not necessarily present in all Vitamin C tablets. The important bioflavanoids are present in natural sources of Vitamin C such as fruit and vegetable. Vitamin C only stays active in our body for a few hours, so we recommend adding 2tbsp of our Beauty Blend to a 100mls of water and sip it regularly throughout the day to help keep levels of natural vitamin C topped up. This in turn will help maintain the normal function of our immune system.
Look after your lymph system – lymph organs and vessels produce immune cells and transport them around the body to where they are needed most. If you are a very inactive person, this can cause a stagnation in the lymph fluid. This means our immune cells can not do their job sufficiently and toxins get stuck in our system. Keep your lymph fluid running around the body by breathing deeply and exercising regularly to encourage the rhythmic pushing of the lymph through muscle contraction. Staying hydrated with plenty of filtered water and herbal teas is also super helpful here.
Start looking at your health as an investment and not an expense.