The colder months are well and truly upon us, and throughout autumn and winter, it is not uncommon to start feeling a little under the weather. Most of us go through stages of feeling unwell as the weather turns cold and wet, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Autumn and winter bring less sunlight, cool nights, plenty of rain and the flu season. Not only that, but we find ourselves lacking energy and motivation, picking up sniffles regularly, and some people are more likely to not be feeling themselves.
You can help keep yourself though and stay feeling good and energised all throughout winter by giving your body the things it needs to thrive. These are seven of our favourite supplements which are great for helping you stay fit and healthy right through until spring.
Manuka Honey is packed full of goodness whilst also being incredibly delicious. Honey of all types is well known for being great for soothing sore throats and easing coughs and tickles. In fact, honey has been used for thousands of years as a form of medicine when people are feeling a little under the weather.
Manuka Health, Manuka Honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond a simple table honey; it's a rare and special honey extensively researched and recognised for its remarkable natural qualities. It comes from the rural regions in New Zealand and is completely free from pesticides and untouched from urbanisation, making it one of the purest kinds of honey around.
Manuka honey requires special care and expertise to optimise and protect its special natural properties. Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase.
Vitamin C helps to build up the immune system and boost immunity in the winter months. Not only that, but it reduces oxidative stress and protects against free radicals. It has previously been thought that upping Vitamin C consumption will prevent you from getting sick, which has never been proved. However, it is well known for helping ease illnesses when you are sick.
Getting 200mg of Vitamin C a day can help reduce symptoms of colds and flu. Vitamin C is essential for the body all year round, and whilst it can be found in many foods, taking supplements like One Nutrition Revive & Go can guarantee you are getting enough during the winter.
Ginger offers many health benefits and has been used for its medicinal purposes for many years. The pungent root claims to alleviate nausea and settle an upset stomach, and it is also thought that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. These can work to ease the symptoms of a common cold or winter flu, as well as relieving headaches.
It is a great addition to your body in winter, as its thermogenic properties can help to warm you up and stave off chills. We suggest taking FMD Apple Cider Vinegar in Ginger and Lemon flavour throughout winter to boost your ginger intake and fight off illnesses.
We primarily get our Vitamin D from direct sunlight, and during the winter, this is much more difficult. On those days where you leave the house in the dark and come home in the dark, your Vitamin D levels could be very low, leaving you feeling tired and unwell. Taking Vitamin D supplements like Cleanmarine and One Nutrition in the winter can help to strengthen your bones and increase feel-good hormones in the brain.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex that is found in Cleanmarine is a combination of 8 Vitamin B supplements. Each of these helps the body function efficiently and play a vital role in your overall health. Vitamin B Complex can promote red blood cell growth, improve energy levels, ensure healthy brain function, aid digestion and more.
If you often find yourself feeling sluggish and tired during winter, then you might be in need of Vitamin B Complex.
Omega 3 is used to make cell membranes, so it is critical in keeping every cell in your body healthy. Healthy levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids work to lower your risk of disease and reduce inflammation.
Found in Cleanmarine and Udo’s Choice, Omega 3 is claimed to help with memory, brain performance and overall behaviour. An Omega 3 deficiency can lead to fatigue, dry skin, mood swings and depression, all of which can be even worse during winter.
We all know that probiotics aid digestion and boost gut health, but during winter, that is more important than ever. Good bacteria in the gut that comes from probiotics such as Udo’s Choice help to fight off infections. Infections can be caused by viruses, parasites, yeast and fungi, which are more common during autumn and winter.