It’s that time of year again where we crack out the hot soups, abuse our heating systems and long for summer’s return. But more than that, we frantically seek out ways to support our immunity, because who wants to spend their winter buried under a mountain of snotty tissues? That’s right, no one.
If you were with us a few months back, you’ll know that we recently launched our delicious Berry Active Immune, a comprehensive blend to support your wellness whatever the weather. But since we love giving you options, we wanted to shine a little light on some other ways you can support your immunity. Read on to see how you can tackle the cooler months and come out on top.
Regular, moderate exercise can actually boost your immunity by decreasing stress, flushing out toxins from the body and improving sleep. Simply going for a 30 minute walk can do wonders for your mind, body and soul.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated - drinking between 1.5 - 2 liters of water a day helps kidney function and flushes out unwanted toxins. If you find it difficult to drink enough water, opt for herbal teas as they provide you with extra benefits and taste great. (Our Echinacea Boost contains not only echinacea but also elderberry. Great combo to improve your immunity).
Another great option is our Beauty Waters. Not only do they make hydration enjoyable, they also contain 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. When drinking for immunity, this is a major bonus. Available in Calm Berry and Zesty C Protect.
While more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, lack of it could adversely affect your immune system and leave you run down. While we sleep our bodies produce key proteins (cytokines) that help fight infections and inflammation. If we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies are unable to produce as many of these bad boys which means increased chances of getting sick. Try to aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Yep, you read that right. Your favourite greens powder is also a great option for immune support! This is thanks to key nutrients vitamin C, Iron and Zinc, consumed in conjunction with a healthy, varied diet, active lifestyle and an appropriate exercise program. Vitamin C encourages, supports and protects white blood cells (which help the body fight viruses and bacteria), as well as supporting the production of antibodies which protect against invading microbes. Iron supports the production of immune cells and Zinc protects the body by warding off unwanted bacteria and viruses.
And if that isn't enough, our Alkalising Greens also contain beneficial pre and pro biotics to support your gut, a place where 80% of your immune system lives. Crazy, right?
Just another reason to love our tried and tested Alkalising Greens ;)