How to Beat the Flu this Winter
By Yadira. As featured on the Clean Beauty Talk website. Posted May 18th, 2016.
Ok, so I have something to confess. My husband was right about something. I know, shock horror right? It’s called olive leaf extract and it is my numero uno producto to have on hand when I get sick.
(Manuka honey is my numero dos producto, although I always have that on hand.)
My husband actually got me onto olive leaf extract years ago as I’d never tried it. I was sick once, I started taking it and ta da my sickness was gone. My husband on the other hand doesn’t ever really get sick (although when he does let me tell you now I hear about it for days) but it’s always been he’s secret.
And now I’ve partnered up with Comvita to share it with you too.
So Comvita have a bunch of olive leaf extract goodies that I’ve been frothing over as soon as they landed in my paws. But what is olive leaf extract and why should we take it?
Well, lady babez it’s actually quite a delicious little health goodie to add to your winter immunity building stash so grab some nachos and let me tell you a little more.
Stephen Eddey, Naturopath and Nutritional consultant with Australis Natural Health College, says olive leaf extract has traditionally been used as a strong antimicrobial agent proving beneficial for supporting the immune system. “Australian research has shown us that fresh-picked olive leaf extract helps provide powerful support and relief of symptoms of the common cold and flu, coughs and fever.”
Plus it has 400% more antioxidant power than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C. (Free radicals be gone! And helllo amazing working immune system.)
Normally, I only take olive leaf extract when I get sick, although you can also take it as a natural preventable measure during winter too. (Especially. if you don’t want to have sick little kiddies running around!) Anyway, olive leaf extract is just one of the things you can take to prevent getting sick this winter. Naturally, there are a bunch of other things you can do as well.
And I got to chat to mega fitness/wellness healthy babe Emma Seibold all about it this week.
Emma is the founder of the ever-popular Barre Body and she’s also jumped aboard the olive leaf extract campaign for winter. Naturally working in the health and wellness industry she knows a thing or two about keeping our immune systems in tip/top shape, which is why I asked her for her flu fighting tips and today am sharing them all with you below.
Take that, sickness!
What are your top tips for preventing the flu?
I build my immunity in the pre-winter months for the prevention of winter colds and flu, by eating a diet rich in antioxidants, plentiful fruit and vegetables, and I try to get adequate sleep and regular exercise (Barre Body of course!). An essential for supporting my immune system is Comvita’s Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract, which is supercharged with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants act as free-radical scavengers, helping to quench free radical activity that is the cause of a weaker immune system and inflammation. I add the Olive Leaf Extract to my morning smoothie or peppermint tea for an immunity boost. When travelling, I pack Comvita Olive Leaf Extract capsules into my carry-on to keep me protected from travel bugs and coughs and flu.
If we do get sick this winter, do you recommend we exercise? Yes/No? How?
In general regular exercise is important during the cooler months in order to stay well and on track for your fitness goals and increase your immunity too. If you’ve caught a cold or flu and are lacking energy, it’s best to take a few days off exercise until your body has had time to recover – although a little sunshine and fresh air when you’re under the weather may help to speed up the recovery process. Once you’re feeling better, light exercise a few times a week e.g. going for a walk on a sunny winter’s day or doing a Barre Body, pilates or yoga class will help to get your body functioning properly again.
What are your favourite foods to give you a boost when you run down?
In winter I tend to eat mostly warming foods such as vegetable packed soups and casseroles. I also increase my intake of 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 may help to support your immune system, leaving you less susceptible to catching a cold or flu. During the day I also like to sip on loose leaf peppermint or chamomile tea, with fresh lemon, fresh ginger, some Olive Leaf Extract and a spoonful of Manuka honey.