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How to Prepare for Great Winter Health

Autumn is finally upon us and our good friend Kirsten, from Casuarina Farm, describes Autumn as a ‘season of change and letting go. Many trees let their leaves fall understanding and embracing the notion that a time of rest is approaching. As full bloom has passed, it is now a wonderful time to nurture and support your body in preparation for Winter’.
Being biodynamic farmers Kirsten and Adrian really understand the cycles of nature as their whole philosophy is working with our beautiful earth to produce healthy and nutritious food. Kirsten imparts beautiful wisdom which she draws from the gentle cycles of nature…’just like the seasons, our energy levels change throughout the year’. She believes ‘it is not necessary to maintain the same daily pace 365 days of the year. Things ebb and flow and Autumn has a real sense of preparation time’.
Just as they are harvesting veggies, gathering fruit off the trees and preserving and bottling for the cooler months ahead, now is the perfect time for us to prepare our mind and body for Winter.

Autumn is perfect time to re-establish the gentle rhythms of good health… restore our healthy habits, build our immune system and nourish our nervous system.
The daily choices we make and the mindset we embrace will reflect in a quality life, a happier life and a purposeful life

This change of season and change of energy from a Summer ‘yang’ to a Winter ‘yin’ energy does affect us all differently.
The biggest challenge I see in-store for many is a tendency to gain a few kilos, experience lowered vitality and energy levels, and suffer from at least one viral infection in the cooler months.
To avoid or minimise these Winter side-effects embrace the gentle energy of these Autumn months and take steps to prepare your body, your mind and your spirit.

Autumn is a Time for Preparation

Now is the time to ‘arm’ yourself with the right information and the right nutrients to support your immunity this winter.
Along with embracing healthy Winter lifestyle habits, we also use supplements to help our bodies to not only cope with the side effects of modern day living, but to help us live optimally.
And when your immune systems is at risk and needs support it’s a great idea to supplement with immune tonics.

Our Favourite Immune Tonics

Astragalus membranaceus

Astragalus is the premier traditional Chinese herb used to strengthen the immune system. It also has the added benefit of being a potent energy tonic and powerful antioxidant. It enhances the immune system and at the same time boosts the body’s energy reserves. This plant extract helps increase the number of white blood cells and enhance the activity of the body’s natural killer cells to help promote a healthy immune system

Shiitake Mushroom

The Shitake is a Japanese mushroom used in natural medicine to enhance the immune system and increase stamina and endurance. Lentinan, a polysaccharide in Shiitake is a widely recognised and respected compound to help strengthen the immune system.

Olea europea

Olea or more commonly known as Olive Leaf is hugely popular around the world, being used as a general health tonic, antioxidant and to help maintain a healthy immune system.
Antioxidants help protect the body by reducing the risk of cell damage from potentially harmful free radicals. These highly reactive chemicals may be generated by lifestyle factors such as excess dietary fats, pollutants, cigarette smoke and alcohol ingestion.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

A healthy gut is a major key to optimal health and wellbeing. There are proven strains of gut flora that boost resistance to infection. And considering your gut is responsible for 75% of your immunity it makes sense to have correctly balanced flora and an optimal and diverse microbiome.
Once your microbiome is optimised with a diverse and balanced microbiota it is equally important to feed these with healthy fibre or prebiotics from vegetables, legumes, whole grains, inulin, resistant starch and polyphenols.

Vitamin C & Zinc

Zinc and C are the two most effective nutritional building blocks to fortify immunity. These essential immune nutrients are involved in virtually every step of the immune response to not only support healthy immunity but to reduce severity of infections and promote healing and recovery.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a potent regulator of immune responses against infectious diseases. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with increased risk of viruses.

If you want to protect yourself from “illness-sabotage” this winter it may be time to ensure your immune system is supported, nourished, “primed” and ready for any lurking Winter virus.

Get the best advice from Qualified Practitioners

If you need some Professional support to help prepare for the Winter months, the Mammoth Health Naturopaths are now working with our clients and patients on their Winter Preparation Protocols. By working on your individual health needs and concerns as well as your health goals our Naturopathic team experience great success in achieving optimal health and vitality for our patients.
Consultations are available daily at our In-store Clinics. Book your Consultation Now

 

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