Stay well naturally
We’ve put together a few ideas on simple lifestyle considerations that can help support your immune function and keep illness at bay.
n 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 fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as high-quality protein and whole grain foods.
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.
Be sun safe all year round, but ensure you are spending some time outside to keep up adequate Vitamin D levels. The Australian 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
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 of letting off steam so at least one is bound to gel with you. Cold sores can also be a big problem for many people at this time of year – minimising stress is key to minimising outbreaks.
Research indicates that a lack of sleep affects how well the immune system functions, as well as affecting general moods and brain health.
Nourish the outside
Bacteria has a higher likelihood of entering the body through cracked skin, which can be caused by increased washing with heavy detergents or alcohol based sanitisers. Keeping it moisturized is essential during winter to ensure relief from dry and cracked skin or red and inflamed skin, and to help hands rehydrate and prevent further drying.
Enjoy regular exercise
Many people notice joint pain increases during colder weather, but research has shown that engaging in some gentle exercise can keep your joints supple, decreasing pain and increasing range of movement.
Supplement with high quality natural products where necessary.
Olive Leaf delivers powerful free radical scavenging ability to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Our fresh picked OLE also contains around 100 naturally occurring compounds. At least twelve of these compounds are known to be powerful antioxidants