immune for winter

Are You Immune Fit For Winter?

Like most busy people, it’s unlikely you feel you have time to be unwell. If you don’t want to be at the mercy of this winter’s colds and flu’s then now is the time to prepare.

Tip 1 Get ample sleep. Now, not everyone prioritises sleep the way they do work but that could be their greatest downfall. Research has shown that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus – and let’s face it; you will be exposed to many viruses in the coming months. Additionally, while we sleep our body produces protective cytokines to actively fight harmful pathogens.  Aim for at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night.

Tip 2 Reduce the burden on your body. Cigarettes, alcohol, processed ‘foods’ (next time you have some packaged food take a look at how many non-food ingredients are in there; we really shouldn’t be consuming them), energy drinks and excessive coffee. These all take extra energy from our body in order to effectively metabolise and excrete them – energy that would be better spent bolstering your immune system.

Tip 3 Eat nutrient dense foods. Our immune cells rely on fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins and a multitude of other nutrients in order to run efficiently. Fuel yourself well and you have the potential to feel incredible. Go for good quality animal proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and fats such as avocado and coconut oil.

Tip 4 Take an immune boosting supplement. Andro NK is a combination of immune boosting herbs together with zinc. It contains 6g of high potency Andrographis that has been shown to be as effective as paracetamol in reducing fever and sore throat. When taken from the very first symptom it can nip the sickness in the bud.

Implement these 4 tips and you can look forward to a healthy and productive winter.