Staying Well This Winter
Now that the chilly weather is setting in we are headed for the cold and flu season!
Here are 5 things you can do to help prevent illness and keep you and your family well!
1. Eat well for key nutrients to support your immune system.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight infection. Best sources of Vitamin C include red capsicums, dark green leafy vegetables, kiwifruit, citrus fruits and berries. Vitamin C supplements of at least 500mg daily are a good idea in winter.Click here for an interesting article on “Vitamin C flushing” for an immune boost: http://www.fxmedicine.com.au/blog-post/naturopathic-vitamin-c-flush
- Zinc has an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system through the production of infection fighting white blood cells. Zinc inhibits the growth of certain viruses and reduces the susceptibility to colds and flu. Good food source include – meat, eggs, seafood, nuts and seeds. Click here for a great podcast titled “Eating for Immunity”http://www.facebook.com/bendigonhc
As amazing as it sounds over 70% of your immune system cells are found in the lining of your gut. This is why it is so important to ensure your gut has plenty of friendly, good bugs to enable optimal immune functioning. Taking a probiotic daily will maintain a good population of beneficial microorganisms. Any good quality broad spectrum probiotic will help.
Click here for an interesting article exploring probiotics and vitamin C for the prevention of respiratory infections in children. http://www.facebook.com/bendigonhc
3. Think about how you live!
- Manage stress- decades of research has highlighted the impact of stress on the immune system. Chronic stress has been shown to suppressimmune function and result in poor response to treatment. Chronically stressed people get sick more often.
- Get adequate rest/sleep – many people live busy lives and are always on the go. Good sleep habits and rest are essential for healing, repair and restoration of the mind and body. Do you need to slow down or take time out? If you are chronically tired due to poor sleep – ring for an appointment. You will feel better for it!
- Get enough fresh air and sunshine. Fresh air is revitalizing and uplifting while sunshine is essential for good mood and vitamin D production. Low Vitamin D levels are common in Australia and have become an important public health issue. Vitamin D is needed for healthy immune function and deficiency is linked with diabetes, various types of cancers, mental health conditions, osteoporosis and heart disease. It is difficult to obtain enough Vitamin D through diet alone and with less sun around in winter, a supplement is a good idea for many people. You will need at least 1000-2000 micrograms daily. If your levels are low (less than 70 take 3000-5000 micrograms daily to boost levels). See my blog "Vitamin D – the D-lightful Vitamin" for more information : http://www.bendigonhc.com.au/blog
4. Use Immune stimulating and infection fighting natural medicines.
- Homoeopathy offers fast acting medicines chosen on a case by case basis for both acute infections and recurrent infections.
- Herbal medicines such as Echinacea, Andrographis and Olive leaf support immune function and reduce the severity of common cold symptoms.
- Celloid minerals – PCIP in particular is effective in relieving congestion, pain, inflammation and fever when taken at first signs of a cold
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