The colder weather often brings a host of sniffles and snuffles, but you don’t have to succumb to the winter lurgies—especially if you know how to prepare your body before the bugs and viruses hit. Keeping your immune system in check can help you bounce back faster after a bout of the flu or even the common cold. How?
There are key nutrients to look for, which can keep you and your immune system functioning at its best.
While Vitamin C and its immunity benefits are well known, not all are created equally. Most commonly, Vitamin C is synthetically derived—a manmade isolated vitamin that is made in a laboratory. Instead, opt for nature-sourced foods and supplements rich in this immunity-boosting vitamin, such as acerola berries. Naturally sourced Vitamin C will be gentle on the stomach and naturally contains all co-factors and other necessary nutrients for optimal absorption.
Often referred to as a sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is produced by the body through exposure to sunlight. Inadequate levels of Vitamin D3, can lead to bone health ailments and is associated with lowered immunity.
Poor diet, high stress, alcohol and medications can interfere with Vitamin B absorption and can deplete the body’s stores. B vitamins are needed for strengthening natural immunity. Choose only supplements that offer optimum bioavailability.
This is an essential trace mineral has been shown to be depleted in New Zealand and Australian soil. Topping up, as prescribed, is important for healthy immunity and thyroid function.
A warming and soothing digestive and circulatory tonic that helps with the discomfort of ills and chills. Ginger warms the body, increasing circulation and enhancing absorption of nutrients into the blood stream. Ginger Syrup is an ideal tonic to drink when feeling cold, tired and sluggish.
Adding spirulina into your every day may help to keep you energised and well nourished. It’s ideal for people who feel the stress of a busy lifestyle, are under the weather or just want a healthy energy boost. Spirulina contains a naturally occurring balance of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, trace elements, as well as all of the essential amino acids. It has a rich spectrum of natural antioxidants, phytonutrients and co-factors, including B vitamins, zinc, chromium and calcium. Spirulina is a rich whole food source of iron, protein, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), chlorophyll, phycocyanin, beta-carotene and other valuable carotenoids. Phycocyanin (which is exclusively found in spirulina) in particular helps support the immune system and its ability to function, in spite of stress, from environmental toxins and infectious agents.
Lifestream has all of the above nutrients available and in a variety of preparations. It’s nutrition to live by.
Lifestream is available at your pharmacy or health food store. Find out more at www.lifestream.co.nz