THE WINTER WONDERS: HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH OVER THE COLD MONTHS

Do you want to help maintain your health over the cold months?

Over winter do you feel low in energy? Fatigued or noticing skin changes? Your body can change a lot throughout the winter months and although this can be frustrating, the power of specific nutrients can help us combat these symptoms to help us sleep better, boost our immunity and feel better all year round.

There are many factors contributing to our immune health including genetic and environmental factors. These include hygiene, adequate sleep, food and moderate exercise.

Hygiene

Ensuring we have good hygiene during winter months is crucial. Good hygiene can protect us from infection. Small considerations can have a big impact from washing your hands well to covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough. Try and avoid sharing utensils and napkins as coughs and colds are easily passed on in winter.

Food

There is a wide range of foods you can load up on in winter to strengthen your immune system. Bone broth and chicken soup are recognised for their health boosting properties. The symptoms of a cold or flu are often a response to the accumulation of cells in the bronchial tubes. Adding spices and herbs such as garlic, onion and turmeric which are antioxidants and  anti-inflammatory will also help combat the symptoms of illness.

Mushrooms boost the immune system as they are a source of vitamin D and  may increase the activity of white blood cells, destroying antigens and enhancing immunity. Mushrooms can be added to risotto or serve them with scrambled eggs and toast for a warming breakfast.

Sleep

Sleep helps initiate effective adaptive immune responses, leading to long lasting immunological memory. Lack of sleep can be detrimental as it is associated with immunodeficiency and can cause inflammatory markers toincrease. Make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night and try and prepare for bed 30 minutes before so that your body is able to fully relax when you do get to sleep. Including carbohydrates in your evening meal can be beneficial to aid sleep.

Exercise

The effects of exercise on the immune system depend on the duration and frequency. This is because moderate exercise of 30 minutes per day enhances the immune system but frequent, long bouts of exercise may have a negative effect. Include 30 minutes of moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) into your daily regime if you want to strengthen your immune system and fight the winter cold making you feel run down.

Did you know that studies have shown that seawater regulates the intestinal and physiological pH; promoting the proliferation of healthy probiotics in the body. Seawater is therefore beneficial to gastrointestinal health and in supporting the immune system.

Minerals and trace elements have a significant role in innate immunity, inflammation, and several disease processes. Quinton contains phosphorus, selenium, zinc and copper all of which contribute to immune health.  

Providing the correct balance of micronutrients helps to stabilise the gut microbiome, providing a barrier against potential pathogens, reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Quinton is 100% natural and is derived from plankton blooms in the Atlantic Ocean. This ensures that Quinton has the perfect  balance of all 78 minerals and trace elements, required by the body to work in synergy and boost your immunity.