Check out these top tips to boost your immune system and keep yourself well during the chilly months.
Zinc plays a vitally important role in immune function, so make sure you are getting enough!
Where is Zinc found?
Vitamin A plays an anti-inflammatory role in enhancing immune function.
There are two forms of Vitamin A found in food:
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in many foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Well known as an antioxidant and to support skin health and immune function.
Best sources of Vitamin C: citrus fruits, kiwifruit, pineapple, watermelon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green and red peppers, leafy greens, potato.
Sleep is just as important as putting the right nutrients into your body. Research has shown that lack of sleep and stress (which go hand in hand) can impair our immune system making it even harder to fight off those winter bugs.
One major culprit of the sleep deprivation epidemic is our unhealthy obsession with technology. There is a growing body of research around sleep and its effect on our internal body clock (circadian rhythm), delaying melatonin hormone production and raising cortisol levels. Poor sleep also causes low blood sugar levels, making you more hungry and likely to crave sweet foods throughout the day. Like a hangover minus the alcohol!
Try these simple tips to promote a healthy night’s sleep:
Excess cortisol (stress hormone) can suppress our immune system. Stress, combined with inadequate nutrients, lack of exercise and sleep may increase your vulnerability to catching the common cold and flu.
Are you burning the candle at both ends? Try these simple self-care, stress reducing tips to help lower stress hormones:
This is a great quote :
“One day I decided that hurry and stress were no longer going to be part of my life. Stress is self-created; I decided to stop manufacturing it. We can choose an internal calm and joy even amid the chaos” by Brendon Burchard.
While it may be chilly outside it’s still important to wrap up and get out as often as possible. Many of us spend most of our day indoors and get very little sun exposure. Vitamin D supports our immune system, bone health and mental wellbeing. It really is true that the sun makes us feel good!
The best way to optimise your Vitamin D intake is to get as much bare skin into the sun as you can. By this we mean sensible sun exposure, which for a fair person could be as little as 10 minutes.
There are also a few foods that provide some Vitamin D such as egg yolks, liver, salmon and dairy but sunlight is your best source!