Feeling run down?
No matter the time of year, it is important to focus on your health and wellbeing to best avoid that run down feeling. However now that winter is fast approaching, certain conditions such as joint pain and existing respiratory symptoms can become even more pronounced.1 2
Luckily, there are some things you can do that may help to keep you healthy and happy this winter.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep – research indicates that a lack of sleep affects how well the immune system functions, as well as affecting general moods and brain health.3 Feedback from our customers says that since taking Olive Leaf Extract they have had a better night’s sleep and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
Pay attention to what you’re eating – in the colder months, it’s tempting to eat more ‘comfort foods’ that may be lower in nutritional value. Make sure you are having plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as high-quality protein and whole grain foods. Look to Olive Leaf Extract year round for vital antioxidants that your body needs to combat free-radical damage.
Many people notice joint pain increases during colder weather. Research has shown that engaging in some gentle exercise helps to keep your joints supple, decreasing pain and increasing range of movement.4
Control your response to stress. Stress can have a massive impact on the immune system, as well as most other systems in the body, so don’t be afraid to look into a stress reduction technique that works for you. This may be as simple as going for a walk or running a warm bath (both easy to do, even in winter). There are hundreds of ways to let off stream; at least one is bound to gel with you.
Try spending some time in the sun every day to keep up adequate Vitamin D levels. The National health and Medical Research Council recommends that exposure of even smaller areas such as hands, face and arms for as little as 15-30 minutes per day 2-3 times per week can help to increase Vitamin D levels. Adults over the age of 70 may need more assistance with this so talk to your doctor about recommended levels.
Washing hands is an important part of keeping well so do this after visiting the bathroom, before eating, after touching anything used by a sick person and even just at random times throughout the day.
Don’t forget to drink enough water. Often in winter we forget to drink enough because it isn’t hot but the body still needs those 8 glasses per day.
And last but not least, use this opportunity as motivation to quit smoking. Smoking irritates the airways as well as lowers immunity so quitting now makes more sense than ever.
- Mourtzoukou, E.G. & Falagas, M.E. 2007, “Exposure to cold and respiratory tract infections”, International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 11(9):938-43
- National Institutes of Health. 2009, “When the weather gets cold”, News in Health, accessed 4 April 2013, <http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/January/feature1.htm>
- Bryant, P., Trinder, J. & Curtis, N. 2004, “Sick and tired: does sleep have a vital role in the immune system?”, Nature Reviews Immunology, (4):457-467
- Harvard University. 2009, Exercise and your joints, accessed 3rd April 2013, <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2009/September/exercise-and-your-joints>