Boost Your Immunity - keep your immune system fighting fit

These are extraordinary times and whilst none of us can predict the events of the future, what we can do is to prepare ourselves by building immune strength and resilience.  That means looking after body and mind, as they both play a role. Building a strong and efficient immune system underpins your health and is the key to overcome ills swiftly should something sneak past the defence systems.  

Power up with plants

Traditional plant formulas go beyond nutrition in that they have unique active constituents that support the organs that help your body to function optimally. Incorporate plant remedies specifically formulated to boost and support your immune system daily during autumn and winter. The artemis immune range is formulated using scientifically researched Central Otago Thyme and Echinacea for a rapid immune defence boost and ongoing maintenance.

Look after your most vulnerable entry ports

Bugs can multiply in the nose and throat before spreading quickly through your body. Consider using saline nasal rinses at least once a day and gargle your throat with antiseptics. Plants such as Thyme, Clove, Myrrh, Sage and Licorice have scientifically researched antiseptic properties and are used in traditional herbal practice.  

Nourish your gut

Gut health is critical to healthy immune function. 70-80% of your immune tissue is situated in your digestive tract, and the immune system needs lots of beneficial strains of bacteria in the colon to do its job. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in plants and fermented foods and a wide variety of colourful, plant-based foods.  Keep well hydrated at all times and consider taking a high quality daily probiotic for additional support.

Sleep support

Your body repairs and renews during sleep and it needs this time to recover from daily stressors. Good sleep improves the strength of the immune system, enhances growth hormone production and supports the formation of antibodies necessary to fight infections. Stick to a sleep schedule where possible to assist your body in falling into a natural sleep rhythm. Avoid caffeine after midday and avoid bright lights in the evening which can make it more challenging to fall asleep. Traditionally, relaxing tea remedies are taken about 30 minutes before going to bed as a wind-down ritual to  support the body’s ability to get to sleep and stay asleep. 

Manage your stress, and help those around you. 

In New Zealand, and globally, we are dealing with uncertainty and events which take  a toll on our mental wellbeing, which in turn can affect immunity. Prioritise time in nature and exercise – outdoors if at all possible - alongside good nutrition and rest. Meditation and Mindfulness have also shown positive impact on immune and mental health. You might also find natural health options which support your adrenal glands and calm an over-busy mind helpful. And lastly, do make sure you keep in touch somehow with your community and those who need support.

One of our personal wellness routine includes:

Prevention is better than cure and it pays to boost our immune defence daily with immune strengthening plants such as Thyme and Echinacea. ViroGoneTM is our foundation immune product. I We like to take this preventatively every day to support the immune system and add a few more doses to boost immunity if out and about or starting to feel unwell.

Thyme Lemon Tonic is another favourite of mine. It is a delicious and comforting healthful tonic that I take as a hot drink during the colder season. With Central Otago thyme and whole certified organic lemons it is an excellent tonic to support respiratory and immune health. I take one cup every day and increase to 3 cups a day if I have a tickly throat or my breathing is impeded due to mucus build up.

Take 30 to 60 minutes per day outside in the fresh air and soak up some sunshine and vitamin D.  Getting sunshine in your eyes first thing in the morning also helps set you up for a better night’s sleep.

Take a sauna at least once a week. Saunas are not only profoundly warming and comforting, they can nip a chill in the bud and have a marked beneficial effect on strengthening the immune response when under threat. Alternatively, a hot bath with Epsom salt and essential oils of thyme, eucalyptus or winter green has a similar effect.

artemis draws on proven traditions and scientifically researched evidence to create traditional plant remedies that have stood the test of time and are well tolerated.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your health professional. artemis Limited, Dunedin, NZ. TAPS PP5741

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