Its almost that time of the year when cold and flu season starts to rear its ugly head’. Whether it’s tickly throat, sniffles, headaches – these are all signs that your immune system is working hard to keep the bugs away.
What to do?
There are a handful of things that you can do to help your body along:
EAT WELL: Making sure your diet is full of diverse nutrient-rich foods ensures that your body has the right amount of micro and macro nutrients it needs to function at its best
GIVE IT A BOOST: Certain vitamins and minerals have immune support properties, and you could consider adding these to your daily routine to help prevent or get on top of the sniffles
Zinc: Essential for function of immune cells. Some food sources include: red meat, poultry, nuts and whole grains.
Vitamin D: Boosts the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins while also increasing anti-microbial proteins, which destroy germs. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, however in the winter months you may need to consider supplementation.
Vitamin A: Influences certain immune cells that play a vital role in fighting off infection. Some food sources include: sweet potato, carrot and dark green leafy vegetables.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT: A large component of your immune system is found in the gut. By monitoring your gut health and taking a probiotic can increase the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut and your gut health.
RELAX: Stress affects the immune system by disrupting the communication between the nervous system, hormonal system and immune system. This affects your body’s ability to recognize foreign invaders, react to them and keep you from getting sick.
GET SOME SLEEP: Good quality and consistent sleep is essential to stimulate and power your immune system. If you don’t get enough good quality sleep, you’re more likely to get sick when you are exposed to a virus.
If you feel like you need any help with the above, or are struggling with a more serious case of the sniffles, contact the team at Naturally Dynamic Health on