Prepare for the chilly days ahead

Thursday, April 12, 2018

By Karin Spicer, N.D.

As we turn the corner from the summer sun to the autumn rain, it is time to take a few minutes to think about getting ready for winter. It is easy to coast through the seasonal changes and suddenly be faced with having to take time out to recover from ills and chills.

Think about the wisdom imparted to you in your childhood: “Wear a coat,” or “Eat your greens.” This was sound advice when you look back, probably born from a life of experiencing the consequences. So how can you get winter ready? What easy plan could you put in place to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy this winter?

Set aside 10 minutes in the morning to align yourself with your daily goals and enjoy your favourite hot drink–great on those crisp mornings!

Dress in layers and wear a scarf

As the season changes, temperature fluctuations can catch you off guard. Your sunny morning can turn into a bitter-cold afternoon. Your immune system tends to be a bit sluggish and slow to act when you are cold, especially your nose which is part of the first line of defence for your body. Wearing coats is helpful, but you can also wear a scarf to pull up over your nose to keep it warm if it gets really chilly.

5 + a day

The rule of thumb is to eat 5+2 daily. This means five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit. Eat a rainbow of colours to provide a wide variety of nutrients. If you are not so good with veggies and fruit, or you have a higher daily nutritional requirement through factors like stress, training, or participating in sports, then you could top up with Lifestream Organic Spirulina Boost. It is grown in the desert away from pollution and fed with mineral-rich water in one of only two certified-organic facilities in the world. Sustainably harvested, it is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly source of protein.

Take time out

Invest in yourself by taking time out to think about the actions you could take to get winter ready. Make sure you stay hydrated, and take 10 minutes each day to breathe and clear you mind of challenges. Cover your nutritional bases by supporting a healthy immune system, and remember to wear your coat!

Spirulina is the original superfood. The plant-based nutrients in Lifestream Spirulina Boost are easy to digest and absorb. It contains a wide variety of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support your body's daily processes, digestion, a healthy immune system, and recovery from oxidative stress.

The A, B, Cs of spirulina
Did you know that spirulina is packed full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, C, D, E and K? What a mouthful!

Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lifestream International Limited, Auckland.

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