Winter Wellness Warrior

Winter Wellness Warrior

Are you sick of being sick?
Disease causing viruses or bacteria can enter your body simply by breathing or eating! Fortunately, only a few of these, particularly viral, ‘pathogens’ result in a cold or flu because you are equipped with an immune system specifically designed to fight off unwanted invaders. That said, are you one of the many people, for whom a string of colds and flu is a way of life in winter? Perhaps getting rid of the seemingly endless sniffles, sneezing and sore throats seems like an unachievable ideal. Fortunately, it is possible to improve your immune system function and reduce the frequency and severity of those nasty winter lurgies with a bit of awareness and some simple strategies.
Prevention beats cure every time
If you are stressed out, unfit, run down and/or consuming a nutritionally poor diet, you are likely contributing to the demise of your immune systems defences and setting yourself up to succumb to one of the viruses floating around. Therefore, preparing your immune system to withstand this winter’s lurgies begins with a few simple foundational strategies:
Reduce stress – being stressed reduces immune system function, so make sure you incorporate regular time-out, meditation and/or ‘green’ time, such as walking outdoors or playing with pets;
Enjoy regular exercise - remaining active reduces the risk of contracting a cold by up to 46%;
Sleep – aim for 7 to 8 hours each night to restore energy and increase resilience;
Eat your vegies and fruits – at least three cups of fresh vegetables and/or salad, plus two serves of fresh fruit every day! Fill your plate with a rainbow of colour to ensure an abundance of essential nutrients and antioxidants that will help support healthy immune system cells; and
Regularly wash your hands – simple soap and warm water helps reduce cross-contamination with unwell people.
Nevertheless, although being prepared is the best strategy – realistically it may be difficult to achieve everything you are ‘meant’ to do, which is where Noosa Natural Therapies can help. With access to natural medicines and the Stress Less, Wellness and Healthy Ageing Programs; creating an individualised prescription for your needs can make a lasting difference to your health and vitality.

Energise Yourself!

Lost Your ‘Get­Up­and­Go?’
Most people have experienced low energy or fatigue at some point in their lives. After juggling home, work and family life, it’s no wonder there is little energy left for yourself! Anyone can feel tired at the end of the day, but ongoing fatigue can sneak up on you and become your ‘new normal’ – even though it’s not normal to be tired all the time. Persistent fatigue can often be misunderstood, as diagnostic procedures (such as blood tests) may not show any imbalance within your body. If you have persistent fatigue, don’t accept this as normal.

Why Am I So Exhausted?
When you're feeling fatigued, it is important to consider whether you have the nutrients required for optimal energy. If you're not providing your body with the nutrients it needs, it can be hard to jump out of bed feeling refreshed. The energy powerhouses within your body are known as mitochondria; and are present in almost all of your cells. During a busy day, your mitochondria produce all of the energy you need, however, producing energy relies on a steady stream of nutrients. If your mitochondria do not receive adequate nutrition, they cannot perform at their best!

Nutrients That Energise
When your body needs energy, it calls on the following nutrients to keep you energised.
Co­enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vital nutrient used by your mitochondria in the process of energy production. It also protects against daily damage.
Magnesium: Helps your body transform the food you eat into energy. Once created, units of energy must also bind to magnesium before they can be used by the body;
B group vitamins: Enter the mitochondria, where they are used to synthesise energy, and assist the mitochondria; and
Acetyl­L­carnitine: Brings fats into your mitochondria to burn for energy.

Want To Be Bursting With Energy?
Energising yourself also means creating a diet and lifestyle that supports your energy stores:
Eat foods rich in unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates, protein and fat; the primary ingredients for energy production.
Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, which can drain your energy and deplete vitalising nutrients including your B vitamins.
Sleep for seven to nine hours each night.
Destress by spending time in nature, meditating and having fun! Being busy and feeling stressed places increased pressure on your mitochondria.

Exercise four to five times per week.
Exercise stimulates your body to make new mitochondria, resulting in more energy! When feeling very fatigued, go for a regular walk, swim or yoga class which will be beneficial for your energy levels than staying sedentary.

Time to Rediscover Your Spark
Free yourself from fatigue! If you’re ready to be energised, talk to Susan today about The Energy Program and the necessary nutrients to create more energy, and how to investigate the factors that could be driving your fatigue. Providing a strong foundation for energy production will set you on the path to a refreshed and re­-energised you.