7 Hacks To Stay Healthy This Winter
The seasons are changing and Autumn is now in full force. In Cape Town, we see the leaves changing shade to the warm browns and oranges; days are getting shorter and the nights are starting to get cooler. These are signs that winter will soon be here bringing chilly days and nights and with that, the possibility of colds and flu increases.
Making sure that your health is at optimal levels is key to surviving the winter chills. With that in mind we have put together a few great tips to help you survive those icy Cape Town winters!
Your Guide To Staying Healthy and Happy This Winter
- Get Your Dose of Vitamin C
- Stay Hydrated
- Immune building
- Reduce Stress
- Sevenpointfive Mindset
- Vitamin B injections
- Olive leaf tincture – strengthens the immune system and is ant-viral
- Good health Viral Attack
- Nutritional and Supplement Support
- Home Remedies
Vitamin C is the best way to avoid catching seasonal colds and flu. Get as much Vitamin C as you can, either from food sources like oranges or from a daily vitamin supplement.
We recommend Solgar Ester-C 1000mg because it is buffered and therefore does not affect the stomach. It is also easily absorbed.
We usually don’t get as thirsty in winter which can lead to dehydration. Proper hydration is essential to keep the body's immune system working. Remember to drink enough pure water during the day and limit your coffee and tea intake because caffeine acts as a diuretic in the body.
We recommend adding ionic coral calcium to the water to keep the interstitial fluids of the body alkaline and facilitates absorption of nutrients and the release of toxins.
Exercise keeps your body strong and able to fight off illnesses. Being physically fit also speeds up the recovery process.
We recommend 20-30 minutes per day of moderate exercise to lower the risk of infection
Stress and anxiety are known factors that weaken the immune system. Managing stress with the correct nutrients will strengthen the body and minimise the chance of getting sick.We recommend:
It is essential to ensure a healthy eating plan to nourish the body and provide the body with the nutrients to supply energy and to equip the immune system to fight bacteria and viral attack.
Choose the purest organic or fresh foods available and avoid processed foods and sugar which weakens the body. Supplements are vital to support the body since many nutrients are lost between the farm and our supermarkets. Cooking also lowers nutrient value. Eat raw salads and vegetables often.
Choose good quality supplements, We recommend Sevenpointfive, Solgar, Good health as our top brands. Adding Superfoods to a delicious smoothie will also support and nourish the body.
For those who prefer the simple home remedies, they do still work. We recommend the following remedies for your symptoms :
Colds and flu
- Mix a paste of equal parts of garlic, ginger, apple cider and honey and eat one teaspoon every few hours.
- It will clear congestion and bring relief and speedy recovery from symptoms.
Blocked nose and sinusSteam Inhalation - Inhaling hot steam moistens the nasal passages, opening congested sinus and clearing blocked nostrils.
- Boils water and transfer to a bowl.
- Place the face about 30cm above the bowl and place a thick towel over your head and the bowl(like a tent)
- Breathe through your nose for a minute or two.
- Take a break and repeat.
- Add ginger, rosemary or eucalyptus oil to the water to receive added benefits.
Reddam Pharmacy is an authorised Discovery and Vitality clinic which can administer the flu vaccine. We recommend the flu vaccine for pregnant women, children, the elderly and all those who suffer with chronic diseases. Read more about flu vaccines here.
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