It is perhaps more essential now than ever to do all we can individually to maintain our health. The winter months are approaching, with less exposure to sunlight, we need to source our daily intake of Vitamin D from either our food, or a supplement. Vitamin D plays a key role in our immune function, with deficiency having been associated with poorer COVID-19 outcomes. The NHS recommends a minimum daily adult dose of 400IU (10mcg). This can be taken as well absorbed liquids, capsules, or eaten in the form of oily fish, dairy produce, mushrooms and eggs.
Zinc is a mineral required for our senses of taste and smell. It is found in pumpkin seeds, meat and shellfish. Due to it’s key role in immune function, it is often added to natural nasal sprays or lozenges which may help to soothe a sore throat, and is also available as a tablet or capsule.
Get outdoors & exercise! Whether a daily socially distanced walk with family or a friend, or a well organised exercise/yoga class, this can be a great way to raise your spirits and also improve cardiovascular and lung function. Making time for this daily has been shown to reduce stress, support immune function and reduce the risk of type II diabetes. The general “feel-good”/laughter/social benefits are also essential for mental wellbeing and “staying sane”!
Vitamin C is an antioxidant we need daily for absorbing iron, repairing tissue, producing collagen for healthy skin, nails and hair and supporting our immune system. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C as well as prebiotic fibres to support gut microflora. Vitamin C is also available as powder, capsules, or liposomal liquid for enhanced absorption for times when extra support is needed, for example when living closely with poorly family members.
Reducing sugar and alcohol is perhaps one of the hardest challenges of all, as we are all aware too much is not good for our health. Sometimes we need a reason to make a lasting change and what better reason that to support immunity and also reduce costs, at this time? Social enjoyment on occasion is good for the soul, yet excess can leave our bodies drained of nutrients and energy. There are plenty of delicious alternatives, such as coconut sugar chocolates, or alcohol-free delicious healthy fermented drinks, such as Kombucha.
Essential Oils create a wonderful space in your home, beneficial to all living there. They are ideal for those on certain medications who cannot take supplements. Oils such as Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Lavender, Thyme and Ravensara may help support lung function, as well as promoting relaxation and vitality.