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Winter is here! Give your immunity a boost
Winter is here and we all know what that means… it’s ills and chills season. But we’re busy people! We don’t have time for ills and chills! That is why we’ve done a deep dive into what we can do to help nurture our immunity and for a healthier winter!
Drink plenty of fluids
Dehydration is a top contender for feeling unwell during the colder months! A dehydrated body is an unhealthy body, which makes you an easier target for illness. We often forget to drink our fluids in winter, but using indoor heating can be just as dehydrating as the sun in summertime. Try keeping a bottle of room temperature water with you at all times. Or, you can start adding herbal teas to your routine for that warm start in the morning.
Level up your antioxidant game
As we always say, keep that belly warm in winter! Try adding some antioxidant-rich foods to your diet or include immune-boosting spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic or cinnamon to your favourite dishes. Our fave dish is making a big pot of chicken soup, filled with garlic and turmeric! You can literally sip your way to a a well- supported immune system. You could also look for antioxidant supplements like Olive Leaf Extract* for everyday support. Olive Leaf has traditionally been used in western herbal medicine to support the body’s natural immune system function.
Choose a high-quality olive leaf product like Comvita Olive Leaf Extract Oral Liquid*. It’s made from fresh-picked leaves grown on specialist olive leaf farms. They use proprietary cultivation and extraction methods to protect the naturally-occurring polyphenols found in the leaves.
Take a supplement for immune support
There are plenty of different supplements and vitamins available that can help support your immune system. Propolis is a wonderful natural product with well-known antioxidant properties, which may help support the immune system.. Propolis is created by bees, made from the natural resin produced by trees as part of their defence system.
We’re not saying no sugar, just less sugar. During the winter months I know you want to grab that chocolate bar or sip on some sweet hot drinks but too much sugar may suppress the immune system by dampening down the ability of the white blood cells to attack foreign invaders. So maybe it’s best to sometimes just say no to the extra treats! If you are already feeling a tickle in your throat, we have just the thing for you! Comvita Manuka Honey Lozenges with Propolis* are zesty and soothing!! The sweet lemon and honey flavour is sure to go down a treat and the resealable pouch makes them easy to stash in your handbag.
Don’t forget that Vitamin D
The sun! I know it can be hard to get outside and soak up some sun in the winter months, but we all need this natural mood-booster to keep our hormones level! A lack of sunshine and Vitamin D can lead you down a path of seasonal lows and potentially unpleasant winter bugs, all because we didn’t go outside! When the sun makes an appearance try to bundle up and go for a walk. Or if that isn’t an option, try to consume foods with plenty of Vitamin D, like oranges!
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Comvita® Propolis Herbal Elixir and Comvita® Mānuka Honey Lozenges with Propolis contain propolis, which can cause severe allergic reactions.
Lozenges, Elixir and Lollipops are available from selected Countdown, New World, PaknSave and Life and Unichem Pharmacies.
Olive Leaf products are available from selected New World, PaknSave stores and Life and Unichem Pharmacies.
How do you stay healthy during the winter months?
Written by Sophia Ivory
Curly hair and she don’t care, this stylish babe plays by her own rules. With a love for dance and all things body positive, you’ll usually find her searching out the latest fashion trends and digging through local thrift stores. Word of warning, don’t bring your dachshund around her, she’ll want to keep it.
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