It’s Autumn but Winter is on its way

It’s that time of the year where you start to notice people wearing thicker clothing, wrapping up warm and with that comes sniffling, sneezing, coughing and blowing their noses. The colder weather always seems to bring the dreaded cold and flu outbreaks. Well the what is the reason for this you ask?  Your immune system isn’t quite firing on all cylinders! So this means (particularly for the elderly and the very young) it cannot keep the nasties at bay like it could if it was fighting fit!

So here are some tips to help

Eat nutrient rich food –  Fill your diet with foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium. They help your body fight off those cell damaging ‘free radicals’ that naturally occur in the body as a result of the body using oxygen to function. Examples of antioxidant rich foods include fruit and vegetables (such as carrots, citrus fruits, capsicum, broccoli, blueberries), almonds and brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, meat, shellfish and legumes.

DrinkGreen -Both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Where  green tea really excels in powerful antioxidant which has been shown to enhance immune function. The fermentation process black tea goes through destroys a lot of the antioxidants. Green tea, on the other hand, is steamed and not fermented, so the EGCG is preserved. Green tea is also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.

Regular Exercise – Regular to moderate has been shown that regular, moderate-intensity exercise can help to strengthen your immune system by improving circulation of immune cells, allowing them to work more efficiently. But, too much high intensity exercise can have the opposite effect. So we suggest regularly going for a jog, swim, or gym session (whatever you love doing), but everything in moderation!

Laugh and Sleep –  ‘happy’ hormones are released and you ultimately feel good, providing a great way to escape daily stress. Prolonged stress can lead to your immune system becoming depressed and weakened. And Sleep most important of all – Your body needs sleep to recover, repair and strengthen. If you aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis, your immune system may weaken, leaving you unable to fight off those horrible germs.

If you have questions about how to improve your immune system, ask our osteopath next time you are in to see us.

References

from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

Healthline. 2019. 15 Foods That Boost the Immune System. [Online]. [Accessed 02 May 2019]. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system

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