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Top Immune Herbs to help Prevent Winter Illness

On the weekend we ordered some native plants and trees for our garden as well as seedlings for our winter vegie crop (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, winter greens and peas). The expert down at the nursery told us that now is the ideal time to plant because there’s still enough warmth in the air and soil for the plants to establish their root systems before Winter.
If we leave it too late, when the warmth is all gone, then they won’t get a chance to establish themselves before the cold sets in. As a result they won’t have established a strong base for the vigorous growing season in Spring. And then we’ll be left with weak plants prone to attack and disease.

And so it is the same with us. If we don’t use these Autumn months to establish and maintain good health, create good habits and nourish & build our immune and nervous systems, then our body may become weakened, exposed, and prone to attack when the winter viruses emerge.

Now is the perfect time to prepare ourselves for winter

Have you noticed how easy it is to “slack off” a bit? We rationalise and justify our decisions when we’re faced with the first sign of shorter days and cooler weather. We give in to temptation and turn off the alarm, snuggle back under the covers and sneak some extra sleeping time.

We’ve noticed lately that the usual early-morning “throng” at the local parks has thinned. The die-hard bootcamps have packed up and gone into hibernation for winter. Only to come back next Spring to desperately try to catch-up on a whole Winter of in-activity.
What chance have we got of maintaining healthy habits in winter if we rationalise our actions in Autumn? It’s no way to maintain a healthy, optimal lifestyle.
The daily choices we make now and the mindset we embrace will reflect in a quality life and a happier life. The change of seasons affects us all differently but many of us have a tendency to gain a few kilos, have lower energy levels, and suffer from at least one viral infection in the cooler months.

Arm Yourself
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 are at risk and need 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.

Probiotic
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.

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
V
itamin 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 of winter viruses.

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