A strong healthy immune system can quickly detect and destroy potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi or other substances that appear foreign or harmful. An unhealthy immune system is not able to mount an effective immune response, leaving you more vulnerable to infections and illness generally.
Strengthening your immune system
Winter is the peak cold and flu season and your immune system is your first-line surveillance system that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, constantly monitoring and protecting your state of internal and external health. Your immune system activates protective measures that range from simple defences, such as maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes, to more complex defences, such as the production of specific antibodies and chemical agents that fight and destroy foreign organisms.
Building up your body’s defences for a strong and healthy immune system isn’t always top of mind, but we should all make it a priority for health and wellbeing, particularly in winter.
Prevention is always better than the cure, particularly if you tend to suffer from recurrent infections. Being proactive and maintaining a healthy immune system strengthens your body’s defences, helping to reduce your risk of catching those typical winter illnesses such as colds, flu and mild upper respiratory tract infections.
Acute symptomatic relief
Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you can still get ill. It’s difficult to avoid close contact with family when they’re sick, and if you add stress, poor dietary choices or not enough sleep to the equation, your body can become overloaded, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. Providing symptomatic relief can help you cope with everyday activities.
Which is the right product for me?
Fortunately, many herbs and nutrients support healthy immune function and help with some of those acute cold, flu and mild upper respiratory infection symptoms, such as sore throats and coughs. Choosing the product that suits you best comes down to convenience, whether you prefer a liquid, tablet or capsule, and your symptom picture. We’ve put together a ready reckoner chart to help you navigate the right product for you.
Top 6 lifestyle tips for a healthy winter
- Eat organic in-season fruits and vegetables daily
- Drink filtered water daily
- Get out in the fresh air and sunshine
- Dress appropriately for the weather conditions
- Exercise daily
- Ensure adequate restful sleep