With winter almost in full swing, it is the perfect time to prepare the body and ensure it is in its best possible shape to protect you from all the nasty bugs that will more than likely be doing the rounds this year.
If considering health from a holistic viewpoint, it could be argued that the strength of the body can be determined by a person’s state of mind. So if somebody is emotionally down and low spirited then they are more likely to suffer with physical health problems. So a healthy mind can help keep the body strong and keep viruses at bay.
Vitamin D can help support the body in two ways, firstly by acting as ‘sunshine in a bottle’, vitamin D supplements help boost the levels in the body, which is often low in most people living in the UK due to the low levels of sunshine. Vitamin D is effective in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is common in the dark winter months. Vitamin D has also recently been revealed to support the immune system by stimulating innate immunity in the body.
The herbal tincture Echinacea also has a good reputation for increasing immunity by boosting the white blood cell count. However, be sure to check with your GP if it is suitable for you if you are on any medication.
Taking a good quality probiotic will also help support your immune system, as scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system lives in your digestive tract.
Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant which supports many of the body’s functions including the immune system. It works by making the white blood cells more active, thus fighting bacteria and viruses before they are able to take hold in the body.
Trying to avoid stressors that will decrease your immune response is also a good idea, this can be achieved by minimising stress in your life and adopting coping mechanisms which will allow you to deal with and resolve stress before it becomes a long term problem. By regularly undertaking activities that you enjoy, by making sure you get enough sleep and exercise, by consuming a healthy and varied diet, will all contribute towards achieving a strong immune response to potential bugs.
These are just a few simple things that you can do it increase your immunity. If you are someone who is prone to repeated bouts of colds and flu throughout the winter months, consider seeing a natural health practitioner who will offer treatments to boost your immune system and help keep the sniffles at bay.