Lets have a look at Winter Wellness!
Although I generally enjoy winter weather, it’s the combination of wet and cold weather that really makes me feel “down” – what about you? As well as feeling low your immune system also takes a battering in the winter - especially with little ones around to sap your energy. So what can you do to help boost your immunity and improve your ability to cope during the dark winter months?
In terms of healthcare, prevention is always better than a cure
A healthy immune system is the best defense we have against microbes, bacteria and viruses that would otherwise invade the body and take away our good health.
Our immune system can be compromised by any one of these factors:
Smoking; Poor diet; Lack of exercise; High blood pressure; Too much alcohol; Lack of sleep; Infection.
There are lots of very sensible things that you can do to prepare for winter and help your immune system.
Smoking – I’m sure you don’t need telling!
Poor diet - eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low in saturated fats.
Control blood pressure
Drink alcohol in moderation
Try to ensure you get decent nights sleep – there are many techniques that can help
Risk of infection – avoid by washing hands frequently.
In addition Winter is a good time to consider taking supplements. No matter how good your diet is (and be honest in the winter it does tend to become less healthy as we eat more comfort foods) sometimes you just need to give your immunity a little boost.
The body uses antioxidants to boost the immune system and ward off unwelcome visitors. One of the most important antioxidants for this is Vitamin C.
Antioxidants help your immune system to be better equipped to combat invading bacteria and microbes so I'd recommend getting hold of a good quality Antioxidant – an organic one is preferable as it will not contain fillers such as talc (oh yes they use talc in vitamins and minerals)!!
Darkening nights and the fact that we can be inside more in the winter months mean that we can become depleted in Vitamin D - also known as the “sunshine vitamin”.
Vitamin D helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitates normal immune system function. take a supplement of Vitamin D in the winter months. Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.
But what can you do when you have overdone it or lack of sleep has caught up with you or your children go back to school after half term and return with a cold that you then catch? Clearly, if you are ill you need to see a doctor, but if you are just “below par” and need a boost, there are many things you can do to speed up you recovery without bothering the NHS.
Did you know that the body actually prefers to be well and has an innate ability to heal itself? Why not tap into that ability by doing these simple exercises daily. (Click the link in below to see an example of a simple routine you can do that takes only 30 seconds that will help)
Sometimes however the body needs that little extra help to steer it in the right direction.
Stress, lack of sleep, worry and eating the wrong foods can mean that your body becomes prone to winter ills and is slower to recover than it should be.
I really like a treatment called Kinesiology (pronounced Kin –easy-ology) that can help ward off winter bugs and restore your body back to health.
My clients say that this amazing treatment helps them with all sorts of issues:
Food intolerances, stress, muscular aches and pains, worry and much much more.
Many people visit me when they’ve been to their doctors complaining of feeling run-down. They want to consider alternatives to the standard approach of anti depressants and sleeping pills. They’ve explained how they are not feeling ‘right’ and can’t put their finger on what’s wrong. Doctors generally don’t have enough time to help and if we’re honest, they often have far more seriously ill patients to concentrate on.
That’s normally when people come to visit me.
My name is Julie Elder and my business is called Totally Holistic Health. I love to see my clients’ reactions when I show them what they can do to get back to health and then they go away and put it into practice.
We need drugs when we’re ill; we need to look after ourselves and give the body a chance to recover when we’re run down. Sometimes, the best treatment is the simplest one.
Contact me, Julie, today for your FREE telephone consultation on 0161 3742602 or see what other treatments are available to help you here: http://www.totallyholistichealth.co.uk