How to Really Shake off the Winter Blues

Has the cold, wet weather left you feeling unmotivated, unwell or just plain underwhelmed? While comfort foods and days indoors are winter norms, not moving our bodies or keeping good nutrition in check can make the seasonal transition feel like an Everest climb.

Colds, flus and depleted energy aren’t fun, however, there are key habits you can adopt now to ensure there’s a spring in your step by the time the warmer weather has arrived.

While upping essential nutrients, such as Vitamin C, can give our bodies what they need to perform optimally, boosting immunity and fostering energy doesn’t have to revolve around daily pill popping. As the days get longer, now is a great time to venture into the kitchen to experiment with fun and nutritious ways to shake off the winter blues and get ready for the warmer months.

Naturopath, nutritionist and Lifestream ambassador Janella Purcell recommends the following natural wholefood supplements to help you put a spring back in your post-winter step. When sourcing supplements, be sure to look for premium, wholefood-only ingredients from a reputable company.


In winter we tend to hibernate inside where it is warm and we often don’t get our daily top up of Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. The sunlight vitamin that is essential to good health plays a pivotal role in supporting robust immunity, calcium absorption, and even a good mood.


While our ancestors relied on Vitamin C-rich fruits to bounce back from winter ills, today much of the store-bought fruit we buy is vitamin-depleted. Why? Due to travel times and storage, most fruits are picked when green and gas ripened in-store. This means the fruit’s ability to develop its Vitamin C is greatly reduced. Therefore, it’s a good idea to top up with a wholefood source for maximum absorption.


That lingering cold or stubborn flu not only make you feel bad, they’re also taxing on the body’s organs. It’s important to refuel with a recovery tonic to support the system in its pursuit for balance and energy. Include herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root and burdock to support the liver to filter toxins from the blood. Slippery elm and marshmallow herb protect the lung’s lining land sinuses, while supporting digestive health. Also look for elderberry and olive leaf, which are known for supporting the immune system.


Beneficial bacteria in probiotics are known to support digestive health, which supports the immune system. Choose a probiotic that includes: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Streptococcus Thermophiles and Bacillus Subtilis. This is especially important for anyone who has taken a course of antibiotics, as the probiotics repopulate the gut with the good guys.

Did you know?

It is a good idea to stay away from mucous forming foods, for one to two weeks, when in recovery. These include: oranges, eggs, bananas and dairy products. Why? Germs love to grow in damp mucous environments.


Janella’s Immunity Boosting Nut Butter cups

Melt equal parts cacao powder and coconut oil in saucepan

Add honey or maple syrup to taste

Pour half the mixture into tiny cases

Pop into freezer for 10 minutes

In a small bowl, blend 1 TBS Lifestream Natural Vitamin C powder with 1/4 cup of nut butter

Spread mixture on frozen chocolate

Top with more chocolate mixture

Put back into the freezer until hard


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