5 Secret Weapons to Stay Healthy over Winter
Guest Post: Emma Seibold, founder of Barre Body. As featured on the Wellthy Website, posted 1st June, 2016.
While many people will be happily saying good-bye to a long, hot summer and welcoming the new season, just as many of us will be dreading the cooler weather arriving. Winter is often given a bad rap as it brings with it the cold and flu season and those cold, dark mornings. However, with a little effort there is no reason for our health to suffer during the colder months! There are a number of things we can do to help keep ourselves and our family just as healthy, happy and active during winter as we are during summer.
An essential in my health regime is olive leaf extract, which I take during and leading up to the winter months to boost my wellbeing and immunity. Antioxidants act as ‘free radical scavengers’ preventing and repairing damage done by free radicals which can make the body sick. Powerful antioxidants in Olive Leaf Extract fight free radical damage. I take Comvita Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract daily to build my immunity in the pre-winter months for the prevention of winter colds and flu.
Enjoy more nourishing meals
As the weather gets cooler I tend to crave more denser and more nourishing foods. A healthy way to meet these cravings is to make some nutrient dense warming soups, curries and casseroles with warming spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Yum!
Indulge on more vitamin C fruits
Winter is the time to enjoy more vitamin C-rich fruits such as an orange, a grapefruit or even a pineapple. The sweetness of the fruit gives your body the pick-me-up it needs and the Vitamin C and antioxidants help to support your immune system, leaving you less susceptible to catching a cold or flu.
Drink up to stay hydrated
One of my favourite things about winter is drinking warm herbal tea whilst reading a good book. I sip on loose leaf peppermint or chamomile tea, with fresh lemon, fresh ginger and a spoonful of Manuka honey. I also start the day with a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon – this helps to give my digestive system a kick-start as well as giving my body a boost of vitamin C.
Keep your body moving
Even though you might not feel like it as much, it is important to maintain a regular exercise routine during the cooler months. A small amount of regular exercise such as going for a walk on a sunny winter’s day or doing a Barre Body, Pilates or yoga class will support your body to function properly, and may also help you to sleep better at night too.