With cooler temperatures, winter bugs doing the rounds, and less time outdoors resulting in more time indoors, there’s never been a better time to set your focus on boosting your immune system.
Whilst winter is definitely the season for letting down your hair and filling up on festive treats, it’s also a notorious time for being run down and the spread of illness. Luckily, in between your mince pies and fizz, there are foods, vitamins and supplements that you can turn to if you’re hoping to make it through the cooler months without so much as a sniffle.
Eat the Rainbow
A happy gut and a healthy immune system go hand in hand. To boost your gut health, focus on trying to get in a wide variety of plants - including fruit, vegetables, spices, pulses and seeds - not only will this provide your gut with variety, it will ensure you’re getting a wide range of antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and your risk of getting ill.
When it comes to immunity, vitamin C can get a lot of airtime. In reality, vitamin D also plays a key role. Some studies have found that more than half of UK adults were shown to not have enough vitamin D, but if you’re unsure you can get your levels checked by your GP. If you are deficient, taking a supplement is essential - liquid supplements are considered more bioavailable, meaning they are readily absorbed in the body, helping to ensure you receive their full benefits. Remember that vitamin D also requires magnesium to be properly absorbed, so you could consider taking a supplement that combines the two.
Stress can impact all aspects of health, and your immunity is no exception. When you’re stressed, your body actively tones down certain bodily functions in a bid to save energy, and this includes the functioning of your immune system. Stress reliving can come in many forms, but we love meditating, a relaxing bath, a wholesome walk or just taking some time out for you. These may sound basic but for every second you’re totally relaxed, you’re not producing cortisol (your main stress hormone), and the better that is for your immune system.