Despite all the negative messages we've been receiving this year, our energy levels, mood, defence against disease and how we fare through recovery, are very much dependent on the dietary, environmental and lifestyle choices we make. What this means is that we as individuals are actually more in control than we think.
There are a few key things that I'm doing for my family to keep us all well and strong this winter, such as making sure we eat breakfast, stay well hydrated, and get out in the fresh air as often as we can (rain or shine!). In terms of food and drink, we make delicious family-friendly meals such as my high protein pancakes, drink only the highest quality coffee (and at the right time of day), and ensure that we all sit round the table at mealtimes. We also eat by candlelight the evenings for added snuggly contentment and calmness (that's the essence of the Nordic term hygge by the way - you can find out more by signing up to my free 7 day trial).
On top of keeping a closer eye on what we're eating, we also take 3 key supplements through winter, and plan to continue all year round:
Vitamin D. It's the most important nutrient for preventing and fighting disease and keeping inflammation in check. It's the one that our bodies synthesise through exposure to sunlight.
Zinc. It's used widely throughout the body and especially by the immune system. Studies also indicate that zinc used topically (such as in spray form) can prevent bacteria and viruses from adhering to the mucous membranes that line the mouth and tthroat.
Vitamin C. It's important for the prevention of illness and can significantly speed recovery from illness when combined with zinc in the right dosages.
Remember that dosage is key and not all supplements are equal; many of my clients say that they wished they had spoken with a professional first before spending money on supplements that were either substandard or not ideally suited to their needs. It's a good idea to get some expert advice around supplements as everyone's needs are different - and it's not just dependent on whether you are an adult or a child. I offer consultations by phone or video, as well as through home visits, so please do get in touch for a free 15 minute chat if you'd like to find out more.