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Last year my family suffered from the flu badly. Everyone got it a week apart so it felt like it dragged on for over a month. My 2 boys (3 and 6) were badly affected and had almost 2 weeks off school and kindy. This year I am getting in early and preparing NOW for the pending winter. My focus is on my family’s health and strengthening the immune system.
Here are my top 5 tips to help survive this winter:
1. Healthy food
Our immune systems can take a hit if constantly bombarded with food intolerance’s, additives, preservatives, and sugar. Focus on clean eating with plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, and meat. Avoiding processed and packaged foods is important. If you suspect you or your family have food intolerance’s, investigate this by seeing a Natuopath or Kinesiologist. See the links below for a few of my favourite healthy eating resources:
Regular exercise is essential for good health and a strong immune system. Try to keep your body moving, it can be as simple as going for a walk around the block, or doing some gentle yoga at home.
3. Calm stress and anxiety
It’s important for adults and especially children to have lots of time to rest, especially during winter. Resting helps your immune system thrive. For overly active kids, art can be a great way to keep them quiet yet occupied – try a 30 day art challenge with the whole family or meditation.
Often, we are not allowing ourselves enough time to sleep. For adults aim to be in bed by 9 / 9.30pm to allow for quality sleep. For children, depending on age, need between ten and 14 hours of sleep per day. If you have trouble sleeping, or often feel tired Circadian Rhythms can help give you insight on how much sleep you need and when your body regenerates. It’s basically the 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings.
5. Natural remedies
Our chest balm contains a blend of essential oils and is ideal for helping clear congestion and opening the airways allowing a peaceful nights sleep. Rub it on the chest, back and soles of feet to help clear congestion. Affordable at $16, it will last you a good 12 months.
Get our Eucalyptus + Lemon Chest Balm for only $10 with every order. Its the perfect remedy for clearing congestion and aids in a peacful nights sleep.
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Offer ends: 30 April 2015
Probiotics are the good bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted we can see changes in our ability to fend off infections. Look for brands that have between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs).
Other remedies include homemade bone broth, increase water intake, ginger, garlic, lemon, avoiding dairy, increase vitamin c, hot tea, sunshine.
Let us know below what your natural remedies are!
If there were only 2 things that you do to your skin each day – make it cleansing and moisturising.
There are many beauty products out there for pimples, dry skin, oily skin, blackheads, wrinkles etc. However affordability and time to apply all of these products can be a huge barrier for many people.
Keep your skincare routine simple.
Cleanse and moisturise morning and night. And when time and money permits, you can explore other beneficial products.
Cleansing your face in the morning and before bed is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. The effects of not cleansing daily can cause breakouts, dry and/or oily skin, and generally a dull complexion. Cleansing is essential for:
- allowing dirt and old skin cells to be removed
- helping to remove makeup grime and bacteria
- allows the skin to breathe properly and freely
- promoting good circulation to your face
- preparing the skin to properly benefit from moisturising
Look for a natural cleanser that is pH balanced (meaning the acidity and alkalinity levels are balanced to be similar to your own skins pH levels). Your skin should NOT feel dry and tight after cleansing, it should feel clean and supple.
Moisturising your face will help you to have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. Moisturising is essential for:
- hydrating your skin
- balancing sebum production
- preventing dehydration and dryness
- locking in moisture
Look for a moisturiser to suit your skin type. A cream is perfect for dry/mature skin and a serum for normal/oily skin. Oil blends are also great for all skin types. Oil is the most pure thing you can use on your skin and is deeply nourishing. Using a cream or serum in the morning and an oil blend at night, is a great combination to get the beautiful glow.
Offer ends 31 March 2016