Five tips for winter wellness

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Winter is a time of darker, colder and shorter days. It is tempting to stay inside in front of a roaring fire and hunker down, but sharing enclosed spaces with others can make it easier to spread winter bugs from person to person - especially for the smaller members of the family confined in a school classroom!

Here are five key things you can do to support your winter wellness:

Wash your hands

The simplest way to reduce your risks of spreading germs is to wash your hands. Especially if you have been blowing your nose or coughing into your palms. This can limit the spread of bugs across surfaces – items such as mobile phones, game consoles or light switches can be a hidden breeding ground for winter germs and simple handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16% .

Keep exercising

It’s easy to want to stay indoors and laze around when the colder weather hits. But a great way to keep warm and burn off the extra kilojoules is to stay active. Exercising your lungs can also help fight off respiratory bugs and being outdoors can ‘top up’ your Vitamin D levels which can dip due to the shorter sunshine hours of winter.

Rest up

The little army of immune cells inside you needs to be well rested and ready to defend against any invading winter bugs, so making sure you get your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is crucial to your immune health.  . Also there is nothing better than lying in a soft warm bed, listening to the rain on a frosty wet morning to feel relaxed!

Stay hydrated

Maintaining hydration levels can help maintain the mucus membranes in your nose and throat, which are your first line of defence against bugs. It also protects your skin from drying out which can happen in cold and windy weather.

Eat well

Make sure to include our 5+ fruit and vegetables a day. Fruit and vegetables contain phytonutrients – these chemicals found in plants protect the plant from hazardous environmental elements such as ultra-violet light, pollution, bacteria, viruses and pests. They can help support your immune system with their antioxidant properties. Nourishing soups and stews are an easy way to incorporate these into your diet.

An easy and convenient way to give your body superior all-in-one immune protection is by taking Thompson’s Immunofort. This formulation is bursting with natural goodness and provides 5 levels of nutritional support:

  • Vitamins - including A, C, B, E that supports healthy immune function
  • Minerals - including zinc and selenium that supports healthy immune function.
  • Extracts of traditional Eastern & Western immune supporting herbs – Echinacea, Andrographis, Olive Leaf and Shiitake Mushroom, and the adaptogenic herb Ginseng.
  • Special nutrients - including amino acids and quercetin for added immune protection.
  • Antioxidants

The impact of good nutrition on our children’s health can also be significant but making sure they get an adequate intake of all the vital vitamins and nutrients they need for growing bodies can be a challenge. Thompson’s Junior Immunofort is a great tasting chewable tablet for all year round immune support.

Thompson’s source only quality ingredients and our products are tested to help ensure the right potency is consistently delivered in every supplement. 
Always read the label and use as directed.  If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
Integria Healthcare, NZ Auckland


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