Perfect health is invisible. It’s not until you get that first scratchy throat or runny nose that you start to become aware of how you’re feeling. And then there’s the sicknesses that stick around – Oh how we hate them! Have you ever been feeling under-the-weather for so long that you don’t remember what your regular voice sounds like without that husky tone, or what it felt like to have clear sinuses and be free of endless tissue use?
It’s extremely important to prep your body while it is healthy so that your immune system is ready to fight off those nasties before they even take effect. Theres no point in waiting until you’re already sick before you start taking care of yourself – by then it’s far too late! Prevention is the best cure.
So heres a few tips from us at Devine Wellness on what you can do to get winter-ready!
1. Take The Perfect Blend EVERYDAY.
A probiotic is SO IMPORTANT to ensure the good bacteria remain in command in your digestive system. The bowel is a warm, moist, nutrient-rich environment that lacks oxygen and strong digestive fluids, making it an ideal place for bacteria to grow and flourish. If there are too many pathogenic bacteria present this can have a huge effect on your overall and long-term health, causing illness and in worst case, disease.
The Perfect Blend is one of the only probiotics on the market to also act as a prebiotic and have all of these essential benefits:
- Certified Organic Ingredients
- 13 Strains of Lactobacillus Bacteria
- 19 Whole Foods
- All 20 Amino Acids
- 72 Omni Minerals
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Completely Natural with NO GMO
- No Artificial Colouring or Flavouring
- No Preservatives
And don’t forget to eat probiotic rich foods like cultured yoghurt (natural is best), kefir, sauerkraut, miso (the organic paste not the powdered preserved stuff), pickles, tempeh, kombucha and kimchi.
Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (the body’s immune system cells that fight disease). These antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before.
The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise can prevent bacteria from growing and fight infection more effectively – similar to what happens when you have a fever. It also slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Stress increases the chance of illness, so lowering stress hormones will help in protecting against illness.
Your increased breathing rate during physical activity can also help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, reducing your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other airborne illness, and increases the circulation of oxygen to all of your cells to keep them healthy!
3. Eat 5+ a day of VEGETABLES
– Especially the leafy green ones! They are a well-known source of vitamins (such as vitamins A, C, K and folate), minerals (such as iron and calcium), and essential nutrients, not to mention both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, and great for immune strength. Vitamin A is very protective to mucous membranes and iron is essential for the function of the immune system. Orange vegetables are also very high in this such as pumpkin and carrots.
Make sure to also ensure you are getting enough protein to fight off illness; so that’s lean (unprocessed) meats, fish and poultry, or soybeans, edamame, lentils, broccoli and peas etc.
And of course don’t forget those vitamin C-containing fruits in winter such as feijoas, mandarins, oranges, lemons and pears.
4. Keep warm
Sounds basic but it’s really important! Your body is using tonnes more energy to keep itself at the right temperature, so make sure you help it along, not only by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear but also by eating warming foods and drinking warm / hot drinks. Our favourite is fresh ginger seeped in hot water (the stronger the better in our books!). It’s an incredible natural anti-inflammatory and instant relief if you start to get a sore throat.
Heat up your cooking with ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, pepper, and nutmeg, and don’t forget the amazing health benefits of bone-broth soups or veggie soups.
Keep your kidney and neck area covered and warm. The throat and upper respiratory area are the doorway that pathogens use to enter our systems and make us sick, and the kidney area maintains our vital forces, so take extra care dressing those areas.
Rug up, eat well, and enjoy all the delicious home flavours winter cooking has to offer!
5. Wash your hands
Last but not least, make sure to wash your hands at various times during the day. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings.
We all know it’s important to build an immunity to every day bacteria, but there are certain times when you do come into contact with bacteria that can cause serious illness, and it’s important to remove the bacteria from your hands to prevent yourself and others from getting sick. Some examples are:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After cleaning
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- After using public transport
So, we better get started! Time for a ginger tea for us 😉
Wishing you all health and happiness throughout these coming winter months