Summer is becoming a distant memory as we begin to pull out our winter woollies from the back of the wardrobe. Now is the time to think about preparing for winter ills with an emergency kit of natural remedies to build your immunity against coughs and colds before the season changes.
1. Keep hydrated
A dehydrated body is more susceptible to viruses. Keep a bottle of water nearby. You may also like to try drinking a cup of Lemon and Ginger Tea- a great start to the cold mornings approaching. BE WELL TEA is a good one to try.
2. Prebiotics and Probiotics
Did you know that 70% of your immunity lies in your intestinal tract?
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that live in your gut and help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in our intestines. Probiotic supplements are a fast and easy way to ensure that the immune portion of your gut remains fully functional during winter.
Prebiotics are special food sources that fuel and nourish friendly probiotic bacteria. Common prebiotics include miso soup, garlic, onions, spring onions, and leeks.
3. Vitamin D
It’s an important part of the immune system and people who have low vitamin D levels have a higher chance of developing the flu
Almost half of the NZ population is likely to have insufficient vitamin D.
As the sun on our skin is the major source of vitamin D it is important in the winter months – head outside for 30minutes of sunshine during the day. Increase your food sources with oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) eggs and liver.
4. Vitamin C and Olive Leaf
Vitamin C cannot be stored in our body so having colourful veggies (broccoli, beetroot, pumpkin) and fruits (kiwifruit, feijoas, mandarins). Supplementing with Vit C can be beneficial -1000mg three times per day will help support your immune system, keep your energy levels up, and help to relieve achey muscles.
Olive Leaf– nature’s most potent antibiotic, specific for supporting immune function and boosting a body’s natural immune response to winter ills and chills.
Zinc is an essential mineral that has a crucial role to play in maintaining our immune systems. Our soils in NZ are very low in zinc which means that even if we eat a lot in our diet we will not get enough zinc. Oysters, beef and lamb are good sources of zinc, and if a supplement is needed best taken before bed to support great absorption.