As the seasons change, make simple changes to your diet and lifestyle to keep the immune system strong and energy levels at their optimum.
There are autumnal changes we enjoy (country walks culminating in Sunday roasts, golden sunsets and cashmere) and then the less desirable and seemingly unavoidable influx of cold and flu. As the festive season begins and the pace picks up, nothing hits harder than a cold courtesy of the school playground, office or elsewhere. Whether it’s carol services, Christmas dinners, stocking fillers or inlaws to entertain – there’s little time left over to prioritise physical and mental health. True to our ethos of championing preventative medicine, below are some simple, immunity boosting survival techniques.
It’s no coincidence that some of the most vitamin, mineral and nutrient rich foods are ripe and ready when we need them most; pumpkin, butternut squash, blackberries and clementines are all coming into season, bursting with vitamin C and immunity boosting antioxidants. Symptoms of cold and flu already emerging? Add a spoonful of raw honey to your hot water for its antibacterial benefits and stir fiery flavours of ginger and chili into your dishes, which will soothe a sore throat and provide another vitamin C fix.
Turmeric might be the year’s most celebrated superfood but it’s been a staple of Ayurveda – the world’s oldest wellbeing system – for thousands of years. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties fight everything from colds to serious degenerative diseases – and even cancer. Swap coffee for a soothing Golden Milk – a nourishing blend of turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and clove, warmed with milk and sweetened with jaggery; calming for the digestive system and full of cleansing ingredients.
Pick up the pace
By encouraging better circulation, exercise can effectively boost immunity. Raising your pulse with regular workouts improves heart health and as blood moves more freely around the body, the immune system can perform more efficiently. Muscles can become tight and stiff in the colder weather, so be sure to warm up sufficiently and spend time stretching out on a yoga mat too.
Boost circulation – naturally In the Grace Wellbeing Spa treatments are as much about improving health as they are relaxing. Toxins and waste can build up in and around muscles and tissue, often manifesting in swelling, water retention or feelings of lethargy. This can make it more difficult for the blood to effectively pump essential nutrients around the body, leaving us prone to illness. Detoxifying spa treatments use energising essential oils, lymphatic drainage and massage techniques to break down and remove toxic build up from the body, clearing pathways and making it easier for internal systems to function as they should.
A restorative vit-hit
A quick and effective way to combat depleted, low energy and ill-health is with vitamin rich intravenous infusions. The body is only capable of absorbing 20% of oral supplements due to breakdown in the gut, while an infusion delivers 100% off the antioxidants, minerals and amino acids straight into the blood stream. At this time of year, try Immune Support, which decreases oxidative stress and protects against free radical damage to reinforce defences.
Taking a mindful approach to your health and using medical and holistic solutions that work for you is essential to maintaining a happy, healthy body but so is patience – and allowing time to let your body rest and restore. It’s only then that we can be the best version of ourselves.