8 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

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Maybe it’s not winter yet. But once sickness season sets in (admit it: chances are you’re already feeling sniffly), the common cold threatens to zap your energy, break your routine—and keep you out of the gym.

So how can you stay healthy while your friends and coworkers fall prey to nasty germs? While there’s no cure for the common cold, there’s no reason to feel helplessly doomed, either. With some smart habits and a little help from nature, you can safeguard your immune system against the season’s grossest illnesses.

 Read on for his best tips on staying healthy and strong.

1. MULTI VITAMINS

Supplements containing herbs and nutrients such as echinacea, garlic, vitamin C, and zinc will help to support healthy immune function.

2. BOOST YOUR DIET

Eating foods that are high in vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong, so include fruit and vegies such as lemons, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli in your weekly shop.

If you’re struggling to get the recommended two serves of fruit and five serves of vegies each day, try juicing them. Nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin recommends making juices that consist of two-thirds vegetables and one-third fruit. A blend of carrot, beetroot, spinach and lemon is a stress-busting combination that will boost your immune system.

Ensure your diet also includes plenty of lean meats, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and use lots of herbs and spices.

3. LEMON & MANUKA HONEY DRINK

My friend Rach got me onto this about 6 months ago and I’ve had one every morning since then {apart from maybe a couple of days here and there} and I really feel like it makes a big difference and is keeping me well. Rach’s recipe is 2 lemons squeezed, mixed with a heaped tea spoon of Manuka honey {pure Manuka, not the supermarket stuff}. You then pop a dash in a mug, fill a third with cold water and top up with boiling water and drink up the goodness. The rest of the mixture will keep in the fridge and last you about 2-3 days. Sometimes I add some grated ginger too!

4. ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY

I first got into essential oils as a teen with my trusty oil burner and a bunch of probably very fake cheap fragrances. I then re-discovered them when planning for labour. JuJu Sundin’s Birth Skills book was my birthing bible and one of her labour techniques was to use a citrus essential oil on a tissue to help you focus and breathe through the contractions. I now use them daily in so many different ways. I could write a whole post on this topic, and probably will soon but my favourite way to use essential oils and experience the benefits is by diffusing them. There are so many combinations that I love and I switch them around based on my mood, time of day, etc. I feel like I breathe deeper when I use them and they just make me happy!

5. GREEN SMOOTHIES

This is one I do struggle with a little with consistency. Ideally I’d like to have one every day, but I’m just not organised enough, run out of time or ingredients.  But I do have them a couple of times a week and feel like they really do make a big difference. My fave combo is kale, mango and banana but now that mango season is over I’m enjoying spinach apple and kiwi too. Simple Green Smoothies have some awesome recipes too and it’s worth checking out the Green Smoothie challenges they run regularly to help get you in the habit of making them.

6. TONGUE CLEANING

This one is a bit gross I know, but I swear there’s something in it. Tongue cleaning with a tongue cleaner like this one apparently removes toxins and blah blah. You can read more about the benefits here better than I can explain them. I do it a few times a week and it feels really good. Gross I know but give it a go and let me know what you think.

7. YOGA

I struggle with consistently going to the gym, or going for runs, but my Friday morning yoga class is locked in, non negotiable and if I miss it for whatever reason, I’m really shitty! Ideally I’d love to do a class 3-4 times per week but it’s really hard to get to a class that fits into the crazy work/kids schedule, creche opening hours, etc. But for now, I know even just 1 class per week really does contribute to my overall health.

8. GREEN & HERBAL TEA

I sip on green or herbal tea all day. Drinking green tea has so many benefits, it counts as part of my water intake and it just calms me.

Do you do any of these things? I would love love to hear what little things you swear by to stay healthy.

Leave me a comment below with any tips you have. 

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