This post is part of a collaboration with Nutrivitality.
Let’s face it….schools and nurseries are crawling with germs and that means as a mum, it’s very hard to dodge them. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years it’s that keeping yourself well as a mum so that you can look after your children is SUPER important. We all know there’s no time for being ill when you’re a mum, so as cold and flu season arrives, now is the time to boost your own immunity so that you can do battle with the slew of bacteria and germs that will inevitably enter your house over the coming months.
Today I’ve teamed up with Nutrivitality – an impressive new range of supplements that deliver eight times more vitamins and nutrients to your body – to share my top tips on how you can boost your immunity as a busy mum for cold and flu season.
Firstly – that means avoiding processed foods that deplete your system as much as possible. Instead, aim to load up your daily food intake with plenty of fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants. Focus on foods with anti-inflammatory properties – so think plenty of leafy greens, tomatoes, nuts like almonds and walnuts as well as seeds, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines and berries.
You really are what you eat, so if you want to feel well, you need to eat well. Here’s a really useful list of anti-inflammatory foods to include. Similarly, ensure you eat plenty of foods that are good for your gut i.e. fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir which all are all great for your microbiome. Experts now know that a healthy gut means a healthy immune system.
Know your supplements
There are certain supplements that are really important at this time of year. Namely Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D3, and Selenium. All four of these play an important part in fortifying your immune system. However, not all supplements are equal. I love the Nutrivitality range because it harnesses the power of NutriProtect liposomal technology which is designed to deliver maximum absorption into your body.
Their NutriProtect liposomal technology acts as little life jackets for your vitamins, meaning they’re protected on their way to your gut. You get over 80% absorption and the nutrients are delivered much more effectively into your body where you need them most.
This combined with the fact that at Nutrivitality, they have a rigorous quality evaluation protocol for all their ingredients and select only the finest raw materials to ensure the best bioavailability. The result is a product that guarantees a better you, every day.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Did you know that exercising regularly actually helps to reduce your chances of catching a cold? We all find it hard to feel motivated to exercise, so if you needed yet another reason to exercise then this is it! Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells which helps to fight illness and disease. Nuff said.
Keep up with the hygiene
Handwashing is so important. As a rule in our house – we wash our hands when we come in and before we eat (and of course after the loo!). The act of handwashing is your best ally in helping to reduce the chance of transmission of viruses.
Interesting fact – did you know that you can also use lavender oil as a natural hand sanitizer – yes it’s true! Aside from that, keep surfaces clean by wiping them down regularly and that includes phones, keyboards and other gadgets that are used frequently and can all be a hotbed for bacteria and germs. This is a good time to check out these eco-friendly cleaning tips too!
Get enough sleep
As someone who has often struggled so much with sleep, I know first hand how important sleep is, and how bad things can be when we don’t get enough sleep. The bottom line is: sleep is when our bodies repair themselves. We need it to boost our immunity. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus.
Open the window
Sure – it’s getting colder outside and it’s tempting to keep all the windows closed, but that means all the germs get trapped inside stuffy air. Try to open your windows for a bit every day to let air circulate. Having plenty of houseplants around like aloe vera and spider plants are also great for filtering the air naturally.
Hopefully, with these immune-boosting tips, we’ll all be ready to do battle with the endless lurgies that the kids seem to bring home from school and nursery. What do you do to try and boost your immunity during cold and flu season? Do share in a comment below.
*This post was commissioned by Nutrivitality. I was sent products for the post and compensated for my time in writing the post.