Leading health and fitness stars reveal their top tips for beating the flu
By Laura House, posted 2nd May, 2016. As featured on website Daily Mail Australia.
Many Australians are already on a mission to boost their immunity and energy levels ahead of the colder months.
But whether they know the best way to do so is another story, with many simply relying on a flu injection or an extra serve of fruit or vegetables every few days.
FEMAIL has spoken to five of Australia's leading health and fitness experts to find out how they maintain their energy through winter, ease their fatigue and boost their immunity to prevent colds and flu.
LAUREN (LOZ) HANNAFORD - ELITE GYMNAST AND CREATOR OF FHIT
Lauren Hannaford is the founder of Functional High Intensity Training and is no stranger to a demanding schedule or hardcore workout regime.
Hannaford says her 'number one pick' is magnesium.
'It's so crucial in aiding muscle recovery, which can help with easing fatigue post-workout. Magnesium also helps to keep our bodies in tact so our immune systems aren't running on low,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
'It's often quite overlooked but is such an essential mineral with a variety of health benefits including muscle support, to reducing insulin resistance and even supporting cardio health'.
EMMA SEIBOLD - FOUNDER OF BARRE BODY
Emma Seibold is a certified yoga teacher, mother-of-two and the founder of popular workout movement Barre body.
The active and busy entrepreneur and passionate health advocate is a fan of Comvita's 'Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract' when it comes to supporting her immunity ahead of winter.
'I take it daily to support my general wellbeing, by adding the olive leaf extract liquid into my morning smoothie,' Seibold told Daily Mail Australia.
'I also 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).'
ALEXA TOWERSEY - CELEBRITY TRAINER AND FOUNDER OF CREATING CURVES
Alexa Towersey is renowned for her tough, results driven approach to training and is required to stay on top of her game no matter the season.
The fitness star incorporates Glutamine into her daily routine to help her stay strong and healthy.
'Whenever I'm looking at nutrition for both myself and my clients, gut health is first and foremost. If the gut is healthy, everything else usually falls into line. Neurotransmitters are produced in the gut, as are hormones and immune cells,' Towersey told Daily Mail Australia.
'Glutamine is an essential amino acid that helps repair the intestinal lining thereby supporting optimal gut health and immune system functioning. I take it as both a standalone supplement in the morning and evening in a glass of water or as an addition to my post-workout shake as it’s the quickest.'
PETA SHULMAN - FOUNDER OF GOODNESSME BOX
Peta Shulman, 27, is an advocate of clean eating, wholefoods and the 'wellness revolution' so helping people feel great from the inside out is her specialty.
'It’s easy to finish off summer feeling burnt out, so I always focus on keeping my immune system in top shape,' Shulman told Daily Mail Australia.
'Probiotics and Zinc are two supplements I rely on daily to fortify my immune system all year round, especially in the lead up to autumn and winter'.
'I take a good strength, high quality probiotic and zinc twice daily.'
BEN LUCAS - OWNER OF FLOW ATHLETIC
As a former professional rugby player and marathon competitor, Ben Lucas is very aware of what his body can handle and the importance of balance.
Lucas is a fan of Ubiquinol - an active and more readily absorbed form of CoQ10 which is an antioxidant that helps provide cells with energy.
'It is also one of the strongest antioxidants available and it helps protect our cells against oxidative stress and harmful free radical activity,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'I tend to take this supplement when I am training for a marathon, as I work long days, and adding this type of training into my schedule can be very taxing on the body.'