Love it or not, winter is officially here! And while that means cosy nights on the couch, comforting food and rainy days ahead, winter bugs and germs are also on the rise. In this blog, Sarah discusses the scientifically proven habits you can create to keep the whole family healthy and well this season.
Keep it clean
This one goes without saying, and if the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s the importance of hand washing. Get the kids into the habit of washing hands regularly, when you come in from school, the shops, anywhere! Germs and bugs linger on all surfaces, so stop them in their tracks by practicing good hand hygiene and prevent colds and nasty winter illnesses from spreading.
Look after your gut
A healthy gut is vital for immune health, particularly when it comes to ensuring we have the right balance of good vs. bad bacteria to ward off any illnesses and bugs that might come your way this winter! Support your gut microbiome with a good daily probiotic and look to boost your meals with homemade kimchi or sauerkraut. Making your own fermented foods is a fun way to teach the kids about inner health and makes for a great rainy-day activity this winter! Kombucha, yoghurt, kefir and miso are also great gut loving foods that your body will thank you for.
Our Glow GUT Elixir is the perfect addition to your winter wellness regime, as it is formulated with healing, repair and nourishment in mind. Containing the body’s most essential amino acid, L-Glutamine, GUT repairs and regenerates the gut lining and microbiome, helping to create a healthy and flourishing internal system that is ready for anything. Heal your GUT here.
Sometimes our systems need a little boost with supplements, which can work wonders when it comes to preventing and treating illness and sickness. We’re huge advocates for food as medicine but recommend adding zinc, vitamin c, medicinal mushrooms (found in our Calm DEFENCE Elixir) and Vitamin B12 in the form of Detox LIFE Elixir to your toolkit this winter season. Zinc and vitamin c are highly beneficial for healing and protecting the body against infection, perfect for keeping those yucky bugs away from the whole family!
Bee pollen, our DETOX Life Elixir, is one of the most nutrient dense superfoods on earth and has been officially recognised in Germany for its potent medicinal properties. Just a spoonful added to your breakfast every day is one of the most effective ways to thrive from the inside out.
Boasting strong antimicrobial properties, research has shown that bee pollen is highly effective at warding off infections and disease. Highly anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, bee pollen aids in wound healing and can also help to lower the risk of several cancers as well as reducing the severity and onset of allergies and killing harmful bacteria in the body. Shop DETOX and reenergise here.
While you’re there, stock up on our best-selling CALM Defence Elixir medicinal mushrooms. Essential for supercharging immunity all year long, medicinal mushrooms are packed with antioxidants and strengthen the immune system. Well known for supporting stress management, cognitive health, immunity and energy, our 100% certified organic, wild-crafted, nutrient rich mushrooms retain vital bioenergetic vitamins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants, adaptogens and phytonutrients. Stir into your daily coffee or hot choccie before bed to keep your tribe fighting fit all winter long. Shop CALM and improve sleep here.
Get hot and cold
Have you heard of intermittent living? The concept of exposing the system to both hot and cold environments is gaining great momentum, with scientists and health experts citing mental, physical and emotional results. Whether its jumping in the cold ocean after a training session, standing under a cold shower or sitting in an infrared sauna, we’re huge fans of these solutions to the effects of modern life.
Grab a girlfriend and book in for a sweaty sauna session together. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on all the goss while reducing inflammation in the body, slowing down aging, burn excess fat and toxins and increasing the body’s production of white bloody cells – essential for your immune system!
Get on board the broth train for the ultimate inner body and wellness boost! Just one cup of organic bone broth each day is all you need to help ward off bugs, build good gut health, strengthen inner and outer systems. Bone broth helps to nourish gut bacteria and boost the immune system. Sip on its own or use as a base for nourishing winter soups, we love this 1-pot Chicken Soup with Beans and Kale from Minimalist Baker.
Movement is medicine
The temptation to snooze your alarm and roll over for a sleep in is so real during winter but trust us when we say, you won’t regret it! Keeping your body active and moving as much as possible during the colder months is not only a great way to stay fit but helps ward off the winter blues, keeps bones and muscles functioning at their best, flushes toxins out of the system which in turn keeps illness out of the body. Find something you love, partner up with a gym buddy and commit to 4 sessions a week, aiming on getting your heart rate up and feeling the burn!
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