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10 ways to boost your immune system and keep ahead of the winter bugs

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There are things you can do to avoid getting caught by nasty winter bugs. Here are some simple tips to help you and your family stay healthy and happy through the cold months.

First, don’t wait to get sick to get proactive. Prevention is always better than the cure – so strengthen your immune system.

1. Get extra protection for you and your family this winter with these therapeutic essential oil blends.

Immune Plus

It’s one of the our popular essential oil blends in winter for good reason; it has healthful mix of Eucalyptus, Lavender Spike, Tea Tree, Cypress, Pine Scotch, Manuka, and Thyme Thymol. It’s a blend designed to support healthy immune functioning, especially helpful during winter when you want extra ammunition or you need to boost your body’s natural processes of recovery to get back to good health. A routine night-time diffusion or bath once a week with Immune Plus can give your immune system the support it needs to maintain naturally strong defences.

Sinus Clear

Keep breathing freely with Sinus Clear. A refreshing mix of Eucalyptus Australiana, Lavender Spike, Peppermint, Pine Scotch, Wild Mint , Tea Tree, and Niaouli. It’s potent blend of therapeutic oils is specially formulated to help clear congestion and release that oh so painful pressure. With a penetrating molecular aroma that carries antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties, this is an effective all natural response to the often intense discomfort caused by a blocked nasal passages. Ideal for inhalation (drops onto tissues, pillows or clothes), steam inhalation, diffusion or as a chest rub (simply add 10 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

Breathe Easy

Relax and breathe deeply with Breathe Easy. Get optimal oxygen with a mix of Eucalyptus Australiana, Pine Scotch, Tea Tree, Wild Mint, Peppermint, Rosemary Cineol, Fennel Sweet and Aniseed. Our health is actually deeply influenced by the quality of our breathing. Which is why this blend has been carefully crafted to support natural processes of oxygen flow. Coughs and congestion can be really debilitating. Breathe Easy is formulated to support effective mucus expulsion and clear breathing with it’s deeply penetrating, healing oils that include antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic properties. Suitable for in the bath, in a diffuser, inhalation, direct or diluted for a chest rub (simply add 10 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

Vegetables

2. Boost your nutrition.

Keep up a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Break out the hearty soups. Fill them with proteins like beans or lentils, stack in the veggies and then have a meal that will give you a serious essential vitamin and antioxidant boost to support your immune system and help counter the affects of free radicals. Frozen fruit are still a good source of nutrition – put a good helping of organic berries in your winter juices or smoothie to pep up the flavours.

Wholegrains and protein can have a huge impact on your immune system too. A simple way to get more protein is to add a scoop of organic protein powder to your breakfast smoothie.

3. Choose foods containing Vitamin D.

Sometimes called the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D has been shown to help support the immune system. Stack up on fish, orange juice, eggs yolks and cereals to get that needed boost

4. If you do get sick eat anti-inflammatory foods to help your body heal and recover faster.

Foods that reduce inflammation are things like leafy greens and the green powders (spinach, bok choy, silverbeet, kale, barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella, spirulina), turmeric, raw nut butters, raw apple cider vinegar and deliciously zingy ginger.

Woman Jogger

5. Keep up the exercise.

Don’t let the cold or rain put a stop to your routine. Pull on your warm gear and take yourself, the family and a dog for a brisk walk. Buy a brolly and do a Gene Kelly [dance in the rain]. Get fresh air in your lungs and you will feel awesome afterwards. For the days where you really can’t get outdoors take up dancing around the living room for 20 minutes. Do what makes you feel good, but do something. Keeping fit boosts your immunity and encourages good sleep.

6. Have a proper rest.

When you get tired you’re at the greatest risk of compromising your immune system, and that is an open invitation to colds, flus and infections. Keep regular sleep habits and aim for a good 7-8 hours a night.

7. Keep clean.

Other people leave their germs behind. So wash your hands often, and well. In the event there is no water, try rubbing few drops of Eucalyptus onto your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible throughout the day.

8. Keep hydrated.

Cold and wet it may be, but you still need plenty of fluid. If you do start to catch a cold, make sure you combine plenty if water with some zinc, vitamin c and echinacea to help tackle the symptoms.

9. Look after your mental health.

Stay social. In the cold dark months, it can feel easier to stay home but it can also be a bit isolating, especially if you are not going out to work. Keep connected and reach out if you’re feeling a bit lonely.

10. Have some fun making plans.

Create a list of everything you want to do in the spring. Get excited about it. Make some new goals with the family and start taking steps to get ready to rock when spring arrives.

Written By: Dr. Bo Hendgen Created Date: Monday, 26 June 2017