Brrrr ….. Baby it’s cold outside

Have you noticed the early morning chill has well and truly set in this week with temps plummeting to 50C in my local area?

Unfortunately with it comes the potential for cracked skin, cracked lips, coughs, colds and flu.

So what state is your immune system in? Have you been burning the candle at both ends over the summer? OR has your healthy eating gone out the window?

It’s never too late to take stock of the state of your immune system and take action to support it. So how do I do that?

Your first point of defence against disease is of course the skin cells. The fatty substances of the skin, (lipids), form a defence barrier warding off any germs provided there are no tears of the skin.

So it makes sense to ensure you wash your hands keeping germs away from your mouth, nose and ears.

It’s just as important to be well hydrated, and to moisturise your skin, preventing the potential for dry cracked skin. The drying out of your eyes, and mucus of the mouth and nose, enables germs to pass into your system more easily.

Next, by ensuring you keep any level of inflammation under control your body’s defence cells are then ready for action to fight off any bacterial invasion.  Sugar feeds inflammation as does a diet full of unhealthy fats, so perhaps review your intake.

Then of course antioxidants help repair cells and protect from damage. By bulking up your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables you increase your antioxidants. Beautiful fresh leafy dark-greens and fruits full of Vitamin C and A all boost the immune system.

Zinc is also another important antioxidant which you can obtain by consuming red meat, oysters, whole-grains and legumes as part of your daily diet.

No matter how little you do everything helps.

Keep warm.

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