Shape up for the cold season

July 17, 2018
Colds & Hayfever, Immunity, Sleep & Mood, Stress & Anxiety

Don’t assume you have to put up with a long, severe cold every winter. There’s quite a lot you can do to reduce a cold’s impact on your life.

As autumn gives way to winter, you might be savouring crisp, clear mornings, anticipating fun in the snow, or plotting an escape to somewhere sunny.

Whatever you’re planning this winter, give some thought to your winter health too. Here’s some tips to support your immune system health to help you handle common colds.

Self-care and sunshine

As women, we juggle so many responsibilities that we easily neglect ourselves. But stress can affect the health of your immune system, so prioritising a little self-care helps in the long run. Think about what refreshes you and make time for it this week.

Small changes, like sitting by the window at work, going for a walk in the fresh air, or eating your lunch outside, help you catch some precious winter sun. Sunshine improves your sleep and increases production of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin, which supports your immune system. When you’re generally in a positive mood, you’re more able to resist colds.

Satisfying sleep

Quality sleep supports your immune system and enables your body to repair itself. Unsurprisingly, poor sleep is more likely to affect immune system function. Get into good sleep habits by going to bed at a similar time each night and reserving your bed for sleep and sex. Resist using your phone in bed as its blue light worsens your sleep.

A healthy microbiome

Your microbiome is a vast collection of micro-organisms that maintain everyday health and wellbeing. Billions of tiny bacteria live in your gut, playing an important role in supporting our immune health.

It’s hard to avoid catching a cold in winter, especially if other people are sneezing. But you may make a cold shorter and its symptoms less intense by taking a specially formulated probiotic (a supplement containing ‘good’ bacteria). Start taking a probiotic now in preparation for the winter season to help reduce the duration of common colds and help relieve their associated symptoms.

Just like vitamins, each probiotic strain can have a different purpose. If you’re concerned about colds, look for a probiotic containing Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9 and Lactobacillus paracesei 8700:2. These strains may help reduce the duration, severity and symptoms of a common cold.

Life-Space’s Immune Support Probiotic contains five different probiotic strains, including scientifically researched Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9 and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2, alongside vitamin C and zinc. It provides good support for your immune system. And there’s no need to refrigerate it.

Diet and fitness

Your immune and digestive systems are intertwined, meaning a good diet helps support your immune system health. Try to eat a variety of wholegrains, protein, dairy (yoghurt is a good source of probiotics) and a colourful mix of fruits and vegetables. 

As for fitness, the good news is that regular exercise not only helps manage your weight, it also helps maintain a healthy immune system.  

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner

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