As a health copywriter, I am currently writing a stack of articles for my southern hemisphere clients as it's winter down here. Winter's in Australia are incredible! Snuggly and cold during the evenings and beautiful sunshine during the day. I miss English winters from my childhood. Crunching snow under my feet, hours on the sleigh pulled by my pony, wearing my Grannies sheepskin gloves, cashmere hats, scarves, baggy jumpers, boots, roaring log fires, delicious warm cups of tea, a cold nose while my body was snuggly warm. I have always felt the cold and hate being cold but what I miss most about English winters is that warm feeling when your body finally starts to thaw through after a day of being so cold your toes and fingers are numb. Most of my childhood I suffered from endless colds, flu and days in bed. Whenever I was sick one of Grannies old remedies included onion in white sauce, I adored it! For me, life growing up involved continually moving from one home to the next. I actually treasure those moments when I was sick and being looked after by my Granny and Grandad. They were my rocks.
For a robust ‘rock star’ immune system, there is no way around it; you need to get your gut right!
If you experience digestive symptoms such as constipation, bloating and gas, or your immune system lets you down, you may be feeling the effects of imbalances within your gut microbiome. Describing the trillions of bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms that colonise your digestive tract; these mini soldiers support health and wellness by regulating your digestive processes, bowel function and immune health. Restoring balance in the microbiome can help you get on top of your health again.
Gut bugs, good bugs or beneficial organisms, whatever you call them, they may be screaming for some help. You have heard it a thousand times, and I am going to sing it out again from the rooftops, "probiotics may have a positive impact on your health, digestion and yes your immunity". Search out a good quality multi-strain probiotic formula. The following bacterial strains work synergistically to maintain everyday health:
Reduces abdominal pain by influencing receptors within the gut, and supports healthy immunity.
Has immune boosting properties to reduce chances of infection.
Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis (B. lactis)
Aids gut motility to relieve constipation and keep you regular. Delicious natural yogurt may be the answer.
Restorative probiotic strains include Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (boulardii) (SB) and Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis, which promote the growth and function of your beneficial gut bacteria while preventing harmful pathogens within the gut.
Poor diet, stress and overuse of antibiotics are some of the drivers that can alter the composition of the microbiome, leading to a myriad of digestive and immune ailments. In these instances, probiotic strains that influence resident gut bacteria and promote restoration of the microbiome can get you back to your fighting best. If your life is very busy and your energy and digestion needs some help I find I thrive with a daily shot of Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Greens.
See You Later Sugar
If you are so over all this health stuff and really can’t be bothered, please do just one thing! Remove sugar from your diet, yes that includes fructose as well. Reduce canned food, breakfast cereals, baked goods, desserts, sweetened dairy products, condiments, fruit juices, lollies, chocolate and fast foods as most contain sugar which encourages the growth of harmful pathogens in the gut.
Stress negatively impacts your digestion and nervous system. Your brain and gut are excellent communicators with each other, and both have an enormous influence on your digestion and immunity. Try exercise, yoga, pilates, meditation and a relaxing evening bedtime routine to help you drift off for 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night.
Be mindful of pharmaceutical overuse. While over-the-counter medicines may be required in some circumstances, unnecessary overuse of these agents may compromise the microbial balance within the gut.
Investing in good quality probiotics that are specific to your wellbeing can make all the difference in winning the battle when it comes to gut and immune health.
Daily use of a multi-strain probiotic to maintain optimal balance may give you the fighting-edge to improve digestive health, reduce gut pain and constipation, and enhance immunity.
Move It Baby
To gain immunity benefits from your exercise program try a daily dose of an hour of light aerobic activity such as swimming, walking, jogging, vinyasa yoga or cycling. Studies suggest that increasing your circulation boosts your white blood cells and other flu-fighting cells. The trick for immunity boosting benefits is the time. Try to ‘move it’ for 30 - 60 minutes. Apparently, 75 minutes of continuous exercise causes your body to start producing your stress hormone cortisol which may weaken your immune system. So try to work out smarter, not harder.