Serena Donaldson, a Community Health Stores naturopath and store manager, shares her top tips for autumn and preparing for the months ahead.
As the autumn months approach, it’s the optimal time to ensure our bodies and minds are healthy leading into the winter months. A bit of time and care now will ensure you’re ready for anything winter might send your way.
We know it’s a good idea to monitor our sleep to make sure we’re getting enough, keep exercising even though the days are getting shorter, and take note of our stress levels as we juggle our busy lives. What we put into our body also plays a huge part in how we function and protect ourselves against illness.
Around 80 per cent of our immune system lies in our gut, so it’s important to go into the winter months with a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are essential for our immunity and can be found in fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar.
Vitamin C is essential for protection against winter bugs, giving a boost to your immune cells. If you do get sick, vitamin C may also aid in a faster recovery. Find this key nutrient in seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables such as citrus, capsicum and feijoas. Lypo-Spheric vitamin C is great to take as it absorbs quickly and has a high potency.
“Start increasing your intake of garlic and ginger. Garlic has antimicrobial properties and ginger is great for circulation in the cooler months…”
Herbs are great for immunity too. Olive leaf and echinacea are well known for their immune-boosting properties and can be taken daily as a preventative measure. In liquid form, these can be added to warm drinks such as herbal teas or lemon and honey drinks.
Whether you’re getting your body in its best shape, noticing the effects of a busy life, or feeling a little under the weather, drop in and see the experts at your local Community Health Store for advice and guidance on keeping your body and mind in good health.