For those of us who are massive Game of Thrones fans we know that “Winter is coming” will breathe fear into the hearts of our favourite onscreen characters, whilst in the real world the coming of winter for us means the possibility that we might get to experience feeling like those “walking dead” in the wake of an invading bug. The colder winter months can bring more than just sniffles and sneezes for us to contend with; poor circulation, cold hands and feet, aching muscles and joints, poor digestion and more.
The human body does not produce vitamin C. We must ingest the vitamin from a food source, and then being water soluble it is quickly excreted. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to combat free radicals, allowing your immune system to be better equipped to combat invading bacteria and microbes.
Vitamin C is a natural decongestant so helps with a stuffy nose and excessive phlegm which can cause coughing and issues with breathing effectively.
Vitamin C is used in collagen production in the body which these days are associated with anti-aging benefits in the skin, but it also plays a part in the healing of wounds. Vitamin C additionally plays a role in the absorption of iron, gum health, the production of proteins for healthy bones, heart health and the oxidative stress symptoms in diabetic patients.
With most of our immunity coming from good gut health, supporting good digestion with a multi strain probiotics makes sense to ensure the best chance of a strong immune defence system over winter. A comprehensive blend of probiotics covering many areas of health is better than just relying on high levels of a few strains.
Save yourself from the winter blues by warming up with ginger – the amazing culinary herb that has been traditionally used for thousands of years to warm us from the inside out. Pink fingers and toes where before they were blue (or white), warm muscles and joints that move easily with less niggles, warming the stomach to aid digestion, and nausea. In Chinese medicine, ginger is used for women to warm the uterus where internal cold is causing lack of menstruation.
As the colder temperatures roll around it can have a knock on effect on the comfort in our joints. Cold joints don’t move as well as warm ones but we also need to look at the health of our joints. Age, and wear and tear, can have an effect on joint health. Vegetarian Glucosamine can support a healthy level of cartilage – which is the cushion and shock absorber in our joints. Co-factors which can also help with joint comfort are Astaxanthin, Boswellia, Barley grass and Omega 3.
A variety of nutrients are needed to nourish and support a healthy immune system, not just mega doses of one. Having an immune system engaged in the fight against bugs, or having a stressful lifestyle, can use up your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Spirulina is a powerhouse of plant based nutrients which are easily absorbed. Phycocyanin is an antioxidant which is unique to spirulina. It has an amazing ability support the immune system and to fight the free radicals which damage our cells and lower our defences.
So make sure you have enough clothing layers on to protect your core warmth so you don’t have to expend energy and nutrients keeping warm. Keep up your 6-8 glasses of water a day. Remember adequate sleep and rest play an important part in supporting a strong immune system. Choose Lifestream’s plant-based winter nutritional support for easier absorption.