January is here. Along with the drop in temperature, we are also faced with the challenges that come with cold and flu season. It is vital to take steps to avoid infection and keep your immune system strong to avoid those sniffles. The key is to keep this immune defense strong and healthy. We have a handful of tips for you to get 2019 started the healthiest way possible.
Get plenty of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an important vitamin for our immune system. Vitamin C makes collagen, the connective network of tissues in your skin and bones, as well as carnitine, without which you feel would be feeling tired and weak. It is also an antioxidant, working hard in combination with other antioxidants to stop the kind of damage to individual cells that causes heart disease. It also gets to work every time you eat iron-rich food making sure that you absorb as much of the iron as possible. Kiwis, oranges, lemons, broccoli, kale and peppers are rich sources of vitamin C.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Vitamins A, C, D and E as well as minerals selenium and zinc and omega 3’s are vital for immunity. Vitamin A is crucial for strengthening the gut lining which acts as a barrier against pathogens. It can also boost the activity of immune cells. Zinc is important for enhancing the activity of immune cells. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent damage to the cells and tissues and reduce inflammation. Focus on a balanced diet of wholefoods of lean proteins, nuts, seeds and wholegrains as well as a wealth of fruit and fresh vegetables. Keep sugar and processed food to a minimum. Curries and casseroles are a great way to pack in a lot of nutrients and fibre in one go. They are also great for time saving and batch cooking to prepare a few days meals in advance.
Staying hydrated is probably the best thing you can do for your body. It is just as important in winter to drink fluids as it is in summer. If you find it hard drinking cold water then try warming drinks such as herbal teas, teas or coffees and soups which contribute to daily fluid intake.
Juices, smoothies and soups are a great way of getting a lot of nutrients in one go, along with increasing fluid intake in the winter months. Try adding warming spices like cumin a tomato soup recipe and cinnamon to give them a more warm seasonal taste. Try this quick easy nourishing recipe of a sweet pepper and tomato soup.
If you are looking for a way to escape for a couple of hours while revitalising your body and mind, book one of our special January offers. We have a selection of treatments and you can combine them to ensure your experience is tailored to you.
• Hot stone deep release back massage
• Warm spice mud bath
• Dry floatation experience
• Detoxifying seaweed bath
• Rasul mud experience
• Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage
• Hydrating VOYA taster facial
• Organic foot ritual
• Indian scalp massage
• Full body exfoliation
By being mindful and looking after your mental and physical health, you have the potential to make 2019 the best year yet. To find out more about Osprey Spa treatments, contact our team or drop in to speak to one of our qualified therapists today.