Autumn Wellbeing Boosters

Exercise is a natural method of immune protection.

Exercise 1

Exercise is a natural method of immune protection. The more regular and effective exercise you indulge in, the better you will feel. It’s great for your body and immune system and boosts white blood cell levels, improving your ability to fight off infections.It is also great for busting stress!

Many studies have revealed that there are physiological changes to the body as a response to exercise. With moderate exercise, cells of the immune system circulate throughout the body and are better able to kill bacteria and viruses. After exercise, the immune system returns to normal within a few hours, but consistent, regular exercise makes these changes long-lasting and effective. Keep your cardiovascular exercise (swimming, jogging, rowing, cycling etc) to about 60-75% of your maximum effort for 20 minutes. Drink plenty of water before, during and after.

Supplements 2

The golden rules are to avoid cheap supplements/multi-vitamins and above all not to take them on an empty stomach or with caffeine. Studies have shown taking supplements together with a hearty breakfast is best and a true lift to starting your day. Research your vitamins to make sure they provide trace elements. Your main vitamins should be taken daily and include Selenium, vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D and E. In particular, make sure they include Zinc which supports the immune system.

Specialist Herbs& specific supplements 3

Echinacea, garlic, gingseng, probiotics and aloe vera. Your diet probably won’t have most of these covered, however consulting with a quality herbalist will result in an effective potion which you can take as autumn kicks-in. Find a balance between taking the right supplements with a quality, nutritious diet.

Food & Diet 4

This could not be simpler. Avoid processed foods such as ready-made meals and fast foods. For two days per week, try to make sure your meals are fresh with ample fruit and vegetables and a strong superfoods emphasis. Your culinary expertise should include broccoli, avocados, pomegranates, almonds/hemp seed, Brazil nuts, spinach, wild salmon, mixed beans, blueberries and sweet potato… the list goes on. Think of a more Asian style of food with plenty of quickly cooked vegetables and seafood.

Bringing it all together

It shouldn’t be too demanding to spend some valuable time finding new recipes and varying your regular exercise routine. In conjunction with the above, try to get enough sleep and rest, drink alcohol in moderation, keep your body weight low and constant, exercise frequently, have regular massages and wash your hands throughout the day to avoid common infections. Maintaining that happy and positive outlook helps enormously.

There is no better time to start than now.

Be healthy, be well!

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