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HEALTH NEWS – HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AND HAPPY THIS WINTER

HEALTH NEWS – HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AND HAPPY THIS WINTER

The arrival of winter, can bring with it a lot of ailments. Suddenly, the threat of coughs, colds and flu are always on the horizon! It’s important to prepare yourself for the winter season by keeping your energy levels charged and your immunity boosted.

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To start with, we can help ourselves by eating a diet rich in whole foods, including a “rainbow” of vegetables and fruits for vitamin C and antioxidants, nuts, seeds and seafood for zinc and copper – all of which are particularly important nutrients for the functioning of the immune system. It’s also important to control sugar and alcohol intakes, which can weaken the immune system response. Becoming stressed and run-down, should be avoided, as this can predispose us to coming down with any bugs that are going around.

COMBAT THE BLUES:

The short days and long dark nights we experience in winter can get the best of us down. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, affects many people, typically from October to March. Symptoms include low moods, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, weight loss, social withdrawal and decreased sex drive.

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Several studies have investigated the use of high doses of Vitamin D in the treatment of SAD with extremely positive outcomes. Vitamin D is naturally created by the body through exposure to sunlight. However, most Irish people are unable to create sufficient levels of Vitamin D, so a supplement like Quest Vitamin D3 2500i.u. is specially recommended to ensure you are taking in the optimum amount. This is a high dosage one-a- day tablet that can be taken with food or water.

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Quest Vitamin D3 2500i.u., 60 tabs (RSP €10.72) / 120 tabs (RSP €18.95)

 

STAY IMMUNE:

Those who want to protect against common winter ailments, or those looking to boost their immunity after an illness, should consider a supplement to support the immune system like ImmuneBiotix. A powerful combination of seven ingredients that has been scientifically proven to support immune system function for everyday wellbeing, it also increases the body’s resistance to stress, helping to ward off disease and infections. In addition, it is delivered in a DR capsule format which delays the release of probiotic bacteria until it can be most effectively absorbed. The DRcaps™ protect the probiotics from the acidity of the stomach, only releasing the formula once it has reached the intestine where it is most easily absorbed. ImmuneBiotix is also suitable for vegetarians.

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A month’s supply of ImmuneBiotix is RSP €25.38, available from all good health stores and pharmacies nationwide, for more information visit www.wholefoods.ie and www.questexcellence.com

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GARLIC: 

While you might not want to eat it on a date, garlic can actually seriously benefit your immune system! Garlic has long been known as a powerful anti-microbial, with activity against viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The good news is it can be taken in a completely odourless form, with Quest Kyolic Garlic 1000mg. This potent antioxidant is a natural source of unique phytonutrients for the promotion of cardiovascular, digestive, immune and overall health. It is also suitable during all stages of pregnancy.

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Quest Kyolic Garlic 1000mg 30 tabs (RSP €15.63) / 60 tabs (RSP €28.66)

 

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