Our bodies can naturally boost their immunity as we approach winter by applying these 5 easy tips.

1. Water

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day in winter. As the weathers a lot cooler, it can be deceiving how much water your body requires. As we don’t sweat as much in the cooler mother, our body still needs plenty of water to hydrate our cells, support circulation, energy and to flush toxins via the kidneys. Be mindful of heating in the cooler months, as this takes moisture from the skin and the cells without realising. Stay hydrated!

2. Eat plenty of fresh wholesome fruit and vegetables

Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day is important so we are meeting our nutritional needs for immune support. Two servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables will provide your body with enough nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system and prevent you from becoming run down. Even better to consume fruits and vegetables that are in season to ensure Australian grown and high bioavailability of vitamins and minerals.

3. Get your rest

Sleep and rest are vital for muscle and body repair. The average amount of sleep our body requires to file information and repair itself is roughly 7-8 hours sleep each night. This helps support the bodies stress pathway therefore allowing us to cope better with how we feel and our emotions. Lack of sleep can increase the chances of becoming run down due to too much adrenal stimulation and therefore require more nutrients to support the nervous system.

4. Lemons

Lemons are extremely high in Vitamin C! These are my go-to immune booster, along with ginger and garlic of course. One lemon cut in half and the fresh juice squeezed into a cup of warm water. By doing this 2-3 times each day gives the body a good Vitamin C boost and reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine, meaning it helps reduce inflammation related to sinusitis and environmental allergens

5. Bone Broth

Bone broth is full of many vitamins and minerals, and because of its liquid form, these nutrients can be easily absorbed by the body. Chicken or beef broth is simmered on the stove top or slow cooker for hours to extract as much collagen, glutamine, proline and glycine as possible. These nutrients are gut loving compounds perfect for healing digestive lining, reduce inflammation, increase healthy gut bacteria and balance digestive enzymes. There are many health conditions bone broth is indicated for. You can also buy concentrated bone broth in powder form from your local health food store.

Stay well this Winter.

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