European Holiday Recap

After a few days of social media detox and recovery time from a slight bought of jetlag, I am now refreshed and ready to reflect on my amazing European escape. As Aussies, who live so far from the rest of the world, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to fly long distances and to experience new cultures. My time in Europe will remain, in my mind, as one of the most treasured and eye-opening experiences I have ever been blessed with. If you can save up your pennies, get to Europe and see for yourself. You will return a different person, for the better, I promise.

Here is a little brief of each place I visited.

Amsterdam, Netherlands – beautiful canal passages, interesting homes, loads of healthy food options and many places to walk, exercise and explore with ease (the city of bikes). For the most part these lovely people take care of their health naturally. Supermarkets boast opportunities to nourish, daily markets offer fresh produce and the odd sweet treat to enjoy. Small canal cruises are a must, there is no better place to see Amsterdam than from the water. You can sit back and enjoy some local nibbles while sipping on Champagne or a local beer. Cheese is a staple in Amsterdam, much of the cheese you will find around Europe is goat’s or sheep’s which is fabulous, however, even the cows cheese seems to be easier to digest than our heavily processed cheeses here in Australia.

Paris, France – The city of love. This gorgeous city lives up to its expectation. Take a walk to the Eiffel Tower and you will be surrounded by the love of family, friends and couples, all enjoying the sights, photos and lunch on the grass in front of the iconic structure. Take a river cruise at sunset and see the city from a different perspective. The French are renowned for their decadent pastries and baguettes. Enjoy a taste of everything and choose darker varieties when it comes to baguettes, explore the city on foot and you will remain in good health and as petite as the lovely French people. If you do your research you will come across some magnificent healthfood stores with multi-levels, places I could get lost in for hours! Oh, and remember to try the ‘Nicoise Salad’, a salad of tuna, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, anchovies, and dressed with olive oil. Learn a few phrases in French as a courtesy for being in their country and they will come to the party with a happy smile speaking in English, they are a clever bunch! Take care in crowded places as pick-pockets are notorious in most of Europe but we found the worst to be Paris, so what your belongings and pockets.

Munich (aka Munchen), Germany – Yes, Germany is a place for beer and pork knuckle. However, do not underestimate the Germans access to healthy food options. One of the largest beer gardens in Munich is also home to an enormous fresh food market, overflowing with vibrant fruits, vegetables, juice bars and delis, offering the finest olives, sundried tomatoes, pickles garlics and more. Looking for a nice bread on your travels. The German’s have it right! Whole grain rye bread (Katenbrot), Whole grain rye bread (Vollkornbrot), Three Seed Bread (Dreikornbrot), sunflower Seed Bread (Sonnenblumenbrot), Pumpernickel (Pumpernickel) are all favoured by the Germans, even on their trains, yum! All amazing as toast or as a sandwich with some salmon and avocado! Aside from food, journey out to Neuschwanstein Castle and take in the beautiful mountains on the way. Have a spare day? Take an eye-opening, heart wrenching tour to Dachau, to see the history that is pivotal in the regions and much of Europe’s modern history.

Innsbruck, Austria – An absolute MUST DO. I had never considered travelling to Austria, but I am glad I did. This city in the mountains is breathtaking. Standing in awe in the city you, simply by looking around you you’ll be in amazement of the hundreds of snowy mountain peaks. Jump on the gondola and look down at the city and out to the mountains for a truly overwhelmingly beautiful experience. Come down the mountain a short distance and enjoy a visit to the Alpine Zoo where you will learn about the many animals that live in the snowy region’s mountains. Take a tour out of town to Swarovski to snap up some crystals and be amazed by the wonderland they create with their world-renowned crystals. Austrian food is similar to German food, if you snap up a good air BnB with cooking facilities, you can prepare some great healthy meals at home for next to nothing.  

Zurich, Switzerland – EXPENSIVE! Beautiful, but yes, very expensive. I would suggest to either say just one night here or stay just outside of Zurich. There are gorgeous little towns around Switzerland that sit within the mountains and are a little less expensive. My favourite place in Zurich was by far the river (The Limmat). The water is pristine and a lovely swimming spot in Summer. Here we chose to eat from the supermarkets because it was cheaper than eating at restaurants, but we still managed to eat well, enjoying pre-prepared salads and taking sandwiches with us to the river.

Florence, Italy – What more can you say about Italy than WOW! The people, the food, the history, the buildings, everything is just fantastic. The Italians do love their carbs so remember to get your walking shoes on and explore the city on foot to burn them up. The pasta is made by hand and seems to have less of an impact on digestive function than our packaged pastas here in Australia. The tomatoes in Italy are like no other. They are rich, juicy, flavoursome and are perfect in a caprese salad. The seafood in Italy is also fresh and perfectly cooked, don’t miss it on your way through. Seafood is of course a healthy option on most menus and will give you a reprieve from high carbohydrate meals. Florence is bursting at the seams with historical museums and cathedrals, no two are the same so get around to as many as possible.  

Ibiza, Spain – Known by most Australians as the ultimate party island, Ibiza is this and so much more! Crystal clear beaches and reefs sweep the entire coastline of the island and its surrounding lesser known islands. A tropical escape populated by people with seemingly no worries or judgement. The summer is a busy time in Ibiza and is practically their only season for making money. This makes the cost of almost everything increases with demand and need for income from locals and businesses. However, I suggest if you are budget savvy on the rest of your trip and you are to treat yourself in one place, make it Ibiza. Indulge in the paella, swim, enjoy some tapas, dance and swim some more and you will be as fit and fabulous as the rest of the partygoers on the island. As an island of Spain, Ibiza adopts its Spanish heritage, which is healthy, tasty and designed to share so order up a few tasting plates with your mates and enjoy the view. I suggest you find a nice restaurant on the Sant Antoni side of the island to enjoy the sunset, although there really is no bad spot for a good view on the island.

Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona is a big city beaming with big culture. Don’t be fooled by the daunting hustle and bustle of La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona. Take a step outside of this touristy area and you will find a wonderful world of tapas bars and restaurants, local markets and a beautiful stretch of beach. Take a tapas tour to get an honest idea of what and where the locals like to eat and hang out. On the tour we did, we discovered that the locals rarely drink Sangria, how shocked we were! Yet walk into any touristy venue and they will serve up a tasty sweet jug of Sangria for you. Tapas is Spain is not like the Australian versions we know. Very little is deep fried, you will experience an array of fresh seafood prepared various ways and many vegetables such peppers, artichokes, mushrooms and more to tantalise your tastebuds. Paella isn’t like anything we have here in Australia either. The Spanish really do have the special touch on their local food that cannot be replicated to its tasty extent by any other who tries. The ‘true’ Spanish cuisine was quite possibly my favourite of the whole trip.

Despite the magic of travelling, meeting new people, getting involved in other cultures and marvelling at some breathtaking views and history, there really is no place like home. It is great to be back home in beautiful Australia, where we are spoilt in so many ways. It is also refreshing to be back into a routine and ready to see clients!

Whether you live near or far I am here to help you with nutritional support and to work with you to achieve your health goals.

Contact me enquiries@betame.com.au or 0413 119 161

Winter Warmer Recipe – Spicy Veggie Curry

Curry

Curries are a healthy and comforting meal to get your through the chilly winter months. They are also great for boosting the immune system, stimulating the sinuses and improving circulation to ward off colds and flus.

Try this low carb vegetable rich curry using one of my absolute favourite, versatile vegetables, ZUCCHINI! If you have seen some of my most recent immune posts, you will see all of the usual ingredient recommendations in this curry.

Spicy Veggie Curry

Serves 6 (great for lunch prep)

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tsp fresh crushed garlic
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp ground curcumin
  • 1 tsp freshly sliced chill (you can remove the seeds or leave the chilli out if you are easing into spicy foods)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander (can be left out if you really dislike coriander)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups organic stock or water
  • 160mL light organic coconut milk (available in the Asian section of the supermarket)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 8 zucchini sliced thick
  • Good quality as and pepper to taste (Himalayan or Celtic)

Method

  1. In a medium bowl add all herbs and spices and combine.
  2. Heat 1 sesame oil in a large saucepan with a low heat.
  3. Stir in the combined spices from the first step with the onion and kaffir lime leaves.
  4. Continue to stir for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  5. Add prepared zucchini to the saucepan and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Ensure the zucchini does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the liquids (water/stock, coconut milk, lime juice).
  7. Taste and add salt and pepper to desired taste.
  8. Allow mixture to come to a boil and reduce the heat to allow a gentle simmer for approximately 5 minutes (until zucchini is tender and sauce becomes thicker).
  9. Serve as is or over quinoa, brown rice or cauliflower rice.

**option to add some turkey or chicken breast after the spices and before the zucchini for a protein hit.

Stay Moist During Winter – Eczema and Dermatitis

eczema

Winter presents many with dry, itchy, inflamed, scaly eczema and dermatitis that can cause much embarrassment and irritation to suffers. It may be visible as a small pink patch or it may cover a large area and look very nasty!

You may experience eczema due to a family history, food intolerance or allergy to a contact irritant. Which ever it is, eczema is never a nice experience. It may also come and go at different times in your life.

What are the symptoms associated with Eczema and Dermatitis?

Itchiness

The problem faced with itchiness is infection. Scratching at the skin leaves the body vulnerable to bacterial or fungal infiltration. Scratching may also promote bleeding.

Redness

The result of inflammatory processes, redness can draw heat to the area and create an unsavoury appearance.

Dryness

Excessively dry skin or sebum can create a crusty appearance that may be prone to flaking, feeling or scabbing at times.

Ooziness

If the condition is particularly significant the skin may ooze fluids that may possess bacteria.

Soreness

Occasionally eczema and dermatitis can be painful and debilitating due to inflammation, infection and scratching.

Common areas affected by Eczema and Dermatitis

Inside the elbows

Behind the ears

Behind the knees

On the hands and feet

What are some of the causes of Eczema and Dermatitis?

Family history

There is a strong link between family history and the two conditions. It is always a good idea to know the medical history of your family where possible.

A process of elimination and detoxification

Because the skin is one of the major detoxing organs your body may be telling you that it needs to detox something that is causing it harm. Supporting the health and function of your digestive system, liver, lungs and kidneys can go a long way to reducing or eliminating eczema and dermatitis.

Stress-less

Stress and anxiety strain the body which can present on the skin

An imbalance of gut microbes (healthy v unhealthy gut bacteria)

Important to skin health is a happy gut. They seem so far from being connected in health but believe me, they are! When your gut is out of wack so is your skin and that may present as eczema, dermatitis, acne or fungal infections.

Intolerances

Food sensitivities have also been linked to the presentation of eczema and dermatitis.  Common culprits which may or may not be relevant to you include:

  • Dairy
  • Gluten and wheat
  • Salicylate containing foods
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Artificial additives in food
  • Yeast

Work with your nutrition professional to develop an elimination diet to identify your culprit.

Contact with your nemesis

Contact dermatitis is often isolated to one area, where an irritant has come into contact with the skin. It usually presents as a red, sometimes raised rash.

Some of the common offenders include:

  • Latex
  • Detergents
  • Jewellery that contain nickel
  • Fragrances
  • Dust
  • Plants

What can you do to reduce your dreaded eczema?

The condition may very well appear on the skin, however, it is just as important to treat from the inside. It may also be partly related to family history BUT this DOES NOT mean you are destined to have the condition, nor does it have to be so violent. Focus on identifying dietary triggers (if any) and support your detoxing organs such as the liver, kidneys, digestive tract and lungs. Tropical applications may be applied in conjunction with internal treatments.

What can you do with your diet?

Remove food sensitivities

Obviously avoiding dietary sensitivities and intolerances is an important step, however, it is extremely important to take due diligence in eliminating foods by ensuring they are indeed the offending party. You don’t want to end up for deficiencies which may also cause skin complaints.

Eliminate sugary foods

The inflammed appearance of the eczema should subside with the elimination of sugary foods and your detoxing organs will love you for taking this simple step (or not so simple for some).

Alcohol is not your friend

Alcohol is another inflammatory promoting and drying feature in many peoples diet. It often contains its own sugars and is a toxin, diuretic and immune suppressant.

Do you suffer from Candida?

Related greatly to the bacterial imbalance, Candida albicans can be associated with those who suffer from eczema and dermatitis.

Flush it out!

H20 (water) is your friend in eczema and dermatitis outbreaks. Not only does it help to hydrate the skin but it flushes out waste product and supports detoxification processes.

Find your love of fish!

Particularly the fatty kind. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and support healthy sebum. Don’t like fish? That’s okay, get your healthy fats from chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds (or oils), nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oils.

Topical support

  • Tea tree is antibacterial and antifungal. Applying tea tree can reduce the chances of infection. CAUTION never apply tea tree to open wounds, it may also dry the skin further.  There are some wonderful tea tree based anti-septic creams and washes on the market which have a lower drying effect on the skin.
  • After tea tree is applied use a gentle lotion with aloe, jojoba or calendula. The eczema and psoriasis cream made by MooGoo is often an effective treatment. Evohe also make an Omega 3.6.9 that is exceptionally hydrating.
  • Avoid soaps. Particularly those that are fragranced and high in alcohols.
  • Take caution with clothes washing detergents and cleaning products
  • If you are exercising, be sure to shower soon after to avoid the aggravation of areas by sweat.
Supplements may be explored under the supervision of your health professional, including:
  • Probiotics to balance our gut and skin health.
  • Stress reducing supplements
  • Evening primrose oils, fish or flaxseed oils


Addressing Bronchitis Naturally

Bronchitis is the inflammation (itis) of the bronchii (bronch) of the lungs. A condition which is never an enjoyable experience and leaves us feeling achy and sometimes cranky! Bronchitis is often the result of a recent cold or flu that despite all of your explosive efforts in coughing and coughing and coughing some more, has not been productive in clearing mucus from the lungs. The pooling of this mucus harbours bacteria which can lead to infection and irritates the bronchi contributing to pain (inflammation) and cough. If left untreated bronchitis can soon become pneumonia, directly affecting the lungs themselves and progressing to irreversible damage of the lungs known as emphysema. That’s right, emphysema doesn’t only affect smokers.

Symptoms to look out for

  • Fever (indicates infection)
  • Chills
  • Back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Dry non-productive cough initially, followed by a productive cough
  • Symptoms may last just 3-5 days in an acute bought of bronchitis or progress into more sinister conditions in chronic cases.

As you can see many of these symptoms are common to several other immune conditions and can be mistaken, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment of bronchitis. If you said YES that’s me to any or several of these symptoms, please, do yourself a favour and get a check-up.

Causes and risk factors

Low immune system

If you are prone to ‘getting sick’. You may be at risk of bronchitis. Each time you contract a cold or flu your body goes into a state of inflammation. This inflammation causes the body’s immune system to work over-time. Regular insult begins to deplete and overwhelm the system, particularly if you are not restoring the body with what it requires to re-build and fight off illnesses.

Poor dietary and lifestyle habits

Not eating sufficient amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibrous carbs, healthy fats and proteins can take its toll on your immune system and the strength your body must hold to overcome inflammation and infection. Nourishment of cells and muscles require a varied diet rich in fruit, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive and coconut oils. My favourite sayings is ‘eat the rainbow’ and you will do well to achieve good nutritional balance.

Viral infections such a cold and flu

These nasty infections, whether it be viral or bacterial really do throw your body into a state of inflammation. It takes all of your internal energy and the nutrients you obtain from your diet to overcome a viral or bacterial infection. It is important to engage in prevention treatments to reduce the likelihood of being engulfed by a cold, flu or virus. Foods rich in Vitamins C, A, D, E and polyphenols are bacterial and viral fighting power houses. They are also effective at reducing the inflammation associated with this conditions and bronchitis itself.

Allergies or irritants

Smoke, dust, paints, chemicals, food intolerances and environmental toxins and irritants can reduce efficiency of the immune system but also directly create inflammation in susceptible bronchii. It is important to avoid any irritants known to cause breathing difficulties, excess mucus production and allergic responses. Wearing protective gear such as masks and gloves are good processes to make habits of to avoid contact with unavoidable materials. Do you work in a nail bar or hair salon? Are you a painter, farmer or chippy? You could be at risk of bronchii irritation. Please please please where your protective gear!

Poor dietary and lifestyle habits

Not eating sufficient amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibrous carbs, healthy fats and proteins can take its toll on your immune system and the strength your body must hold to overcome inflammation and infection. Nourishment of cells and muscles require a varied diet rich in fruit, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive and coconut oils. My favourite sayings is ‘eat the rainbow’ and you will do well to achieve good nutritional balance.

Viral infections such a cold and flu

These nasty infections, whether it be viral or bacterial really do throw your body into a state of inflammation. It takes all of your internal energy and the nutrients you obtain from your diet to overcome a viral or bacterial infection. It is important to engage in prevention treatments to reduce the likelihood of being engulfed by a cold, flu or virus. Foods rich in Vitamins C, A, D, E and polyphenols are bacterial and viral fighting power houses. They are also effective at reducing the inflammation associated with this conditions and bronchitis itself.

Allergies or irritants

Smoke, dust, paints, chemicals, food intolerances and environmental toxins and irritants can reduce efficiency of the immune system but also directly create inflammation in susceptible bronchii. It is important to avoid any irritants known to cause breathing difficulties, excess mucus production and allergic responses. Wearing protective gear such as masks and gloves are good processes to make habits of to avoid contact with unavoidable materials. Do you work in a nail bar or hair salon? Are you a painter, farmer or chippy? You could be at risk of bronchii irritation. Please please please where your protective gear!

Dietary supports

There are some beautifully natural and effective ways of addressing bronchitis and its symptoms. Some may seem soooo basic, but have been tried and tested in nature loving households the world over.

  • Drink 2-3 L of water or herbal teas daily – to flush out the nasties and rehydrate the throat after coughing.
  • Drink bone broth – full of easily absorbed healing nutrients without over burdening the digestive system, leaving your body to focus on healing the bronchii.
  • Eat soups- particularly spicy, protein rich soups with loads of veggies.
  • Enjoy miso soup – a delicious, gentle, nourishing fermented soy broth.
  • Eat ginger or sip on ginger tea – great for reducing inflammation of the bronchii and the entire body.
  • Thyme and liquorice tea – help to breakdown and expel thick mucus and to soothe an irritated throat and mucus membranes.
  • Drink apple cider vinegar – effective antibacterial and promoter of healthy gut bacteria.
  • Avoid dairy products- to reduce mucus production.
  • Cook with garlic, onion, chilli, pepper, aniseed and cinnamon – for their antibiotic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Drink 2-3 L of water or herbal teas daily

What else can be done to reduce bronchitis symptoms?

Vicks and eucalyptus inhalation

My personal faves. There is nothing more relieving than breathing in that delightful menthol and eucalyptus steam. The steam gets deep into the nose to relieve the pressure through the chest and sinuses and release some of the mucus. It is a temporary fix, but it sure feels good! It is particularly good just before bed when we need to breathe easy for the rest and recovery process.

Preparing your inhalation

Boil the jug and pour it into a large bowl of water. Add 1 tsp-1 tbsp Vicks or 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil to the boiling water and allow to disperse and dissolve completely. Carefully lean over the bowl and place a tea towel over your head to hold the steam in. Breathe deeply and slowly in through the nose, pause for a second, and out through the mouth. If the steam is too hot, allow it to cool slightly or move your head further away from the bowl. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF. Do this for approximately 5-10 minutes taking regular breaks to breathe in fresh air when needed.

Breathing exercises

Another great way to stimulate the removal of mucus from the bronchii. Deep, slow breathing allows for strengthening of the lungs, promotes blood flow through the lungs to nourish them and provide them with energy to expel any congestion. The movement may also stimulate the mucus to travel out of the bronchii and relieve intense coughing.

Anxiety can often create laboured coughing and breathing. Taking time to stop and breath in through the nose and out through the mouth, focusing on the breath can greatly reduce anxiety and therefore coughing. This will reduce irritation of the bronchii. Why not take a yoga class to help you with the training of your breath, you will get fit, flexible and stay relaxed at the same time!

Rest and recovery

An essential part of anyone’s life. It is particularly important to those who are suffering from an illness. Allowing the body to re-build and detox is important and it can do this most efficiently when you are sleeping or at complete rest. Read a book, watch some Netflix, colour-in, draw, sit on the beach, meditate and get a minimum of 6 hours sleep per night (sleep times vary with age).

When you sleep, your body begins rebuilding immune and muscle cells. The brain takes a break from processing information to repair the body and clear waste.

All in all, take care. Get out in nature, eat well, exercise regularly, avoid the nasties and rest up!

Xx Danielle Catherine (Nutritionist)

Are you suffering from sinus issues?

sinus

Sinusitis or inflamed sinuses are often the result of a recent cold, flu or allergy. We regularly see sinus issues increasing in winter and the months surrounding winter as a repercussion of the cold and flu season. I’m here to tell you that you do not need to suffer through and pump your very delicate body with medication after medication. Let’s do this thing with the tools provided to us by nature. But first…

What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?

Symptoms may vary from person to person and some may not release that inflamed sinus are the cause of their grief. Let’s look at the many uncomfortable and life interrupting symptoms that sinus inflammation may cause.

  • Painful headaches predominately behind or above the eyes. You can normally confirm sinus involvement by pushing your fingertips onto the eyebrows and top of the cheekbones. This will produce pain in a sinus infection or congestion.
  • Bending forward and experiencing a feeling of pressure and pain at the front of the head and face
  • Puffiness or swelling under the eyes – no, they are not old age, lack of sleep or dehydration puffy bags but INFLAMMED SINUSES.
  • Nasal congestion – this may be a nose that runs like a tap, mucus you just can’t seem to expel or a blocked sense of smell.
  • Bad breath – all that nasty, yuck bacteria is getting suck in the nasogastric tube and is starting to go rotten!
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue – how tiring is it when you are trying to get rid of a cold or flu let alone constantly having to blow your nose or breathe only through your mouth!
  • Loss of smell and or taste – ever blocked your nose so you don’t have to taste something you some like? If your sinuses are blocked from mucus or inflammation you may find you struggle to taste your food, including yummy food, oh no!
  • Post-nasal drip (sometimes presents as a nuisance mild cough)
  • Eye straining or eye pain often accompanied by headaches.

Causes of sinusitis

  • Deviated septum (a mechanical issue often corrected with surgery)
  • Common head cold
  • Polyps of the nasal passage that blocks drainage
  • Being born with a naturally narrow nasal passage
  • Allergies

Dietary supports

Let’s look at the foods that help us to feel better, reduce inflammation and arm our immune system with the weapons it needs to fight off bacteria and thick mucus.

Garlic and onions

I am a garlic feen!  I will have oodles of garlic on almost everything! I also love the sweet taste of onion. But, they offer much more than potent flavour, they are considered natural antibacterial, mucolytic (breakdown mucus) and anti-inflammatories that improve circulation to the area and improve the functions of the immune system. Onions also contain beneficial levels of the enzyme quercetin, which is known as a natural antihistamine.

Spicy Spices

Horseradish, ginger, chilli, wasabi assist with the reduction of inflammation and fluidity of mucus to allow effective clearance.

And more Spicy

Spicy curries and soups are nutritious and contain spices that reduce swelling and enhance the free movement of mucus.

Be a designated driver

Reduce alcohol, alcohol contributes to inflammation, swelling and lowering of the functionality of the immune system.

Reduce mucus producers

Skip the dairy and sugar until the sinus infection/inflammation clears to reduce mucus production and inflammation.

Allergies and Intolerances

Identify any food sensitivities or allergies that may be contributing to inflammation and mucus production.

Admire the C

Increase vitamin C foods in the diet. Vitamin C acts on the immune system, enhancing its function and reducing histamine production. Foods such as kiwi fruit, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, citrus, broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum.

Dose up on H20

Keep well hydrated with water and herbal teas such as thyme and ginger.

Other sinus supports

  • Good ol’ trusty Vicks inhalation and a hot steamy shower.
  • Avoid or identify environmental allergens – dust, pollen, chemicals, mould.
  • Sinus massage – run your fingers firmly (thumb and pointer) from between the eyes on both sides of the nose, just under the centre of the browns, down the edge of the nose and follow out as the cheek bone begins, all the way out to the outside of the eyes. Repeat 5-10 times.
  • Acupuncture
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint inhalation – 2 drops into a bowl of water and inhale steam deeply through the nose.
  • Allow your body to rest and recover when in active infection.

As always take care. Get out in nature, eat well, exercise regularly, avoid the nasties and rest up!

Xx Danielle Catherine (Nutritionist)

Boost your immune system this winter with these simple tips

Vitamin C

Get your zzzzz’s

Sleep is a time for the body to rest and recover. It is a time for cell and muscle rejuvenation and allows the body to focus on killing off any nasties you may have come across throughout the day. Sleep has also been shown to improve the memory of the immune system to fight off previously met viruses or bacterial invaders. This means that our body has the power it needs to respond promptly to attacks from foreign materials that may be out to make you sick.

If you are struggling to get a peaceful night’s sleep, talk to your nutrition professional about the benefits of magnesium. You may also like to try sipping on a comforting, warming cup of chamomile tea before bed to relax.

Stay active

Physical activity enhances circulation and increases the immune systems ability to find and fight off harmful invaders such as bacteria and virus. Being active also produces sweat through our skin. The skin is one of the major detoxing organs, forcing out unwelcome sicknesses.

Even low intensity exercise plays a role in stimulating healthy circulation and immune responses. Just move as much as you can safely.

Eat more antioxidants

Consuming foods high in antioxidants enhance the activity of the immune system and reduces toxic materials such as bacteria and viruses from taking hold in the body. Foods with bright rich colours posses the greatest amounts of antioxidants. For example, capsicum, berries, tomatoes, beetroot, leafy greens etc.

Get your daily dose of D

Safe sun exposure can improve immune function and reduce the duration and frequency of cold and flu. Even in winter the sun can still burn so short amounts of time spent in the sun is advised.

Take a bath with double the benefits

Epsom salts have been shown to reduce toxins in the body. There is nothing better than taking a warm relaxing bath in Winter. The relaxation that Epsom salts offers is a bonus to the immune system, allowing it to rejuvenate, because we all know the impact stress has on our health!

Bend it like Beckham

Yoga is an effective circulatory stimulant, digestive activator and endocrine system booster. All of these systems work together to form part of a high-quality immune system. Yoga’s ability to stimulate circulation, reduce stress and support relaxation makes it a powerful immune fighting tool to add to your daily routine.

Step away from the desk

A sedentary lifestyle, common in todays white collar, technology dominated world, can reduce the rate of circulation around our body. This means toxins are unable to be identified readily by our immune system. Getting up and moving and … even better, moving outdoors, for even a brief 15 minutes a few times a day can greatly improve your circulation and get you away from the recirculating bugs that float around in the office air-conditioning.

Be sure to breathe deeply

The simple action of breathing increases the free flowing of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the lungs and blood stream. With these breaths nasty foreign materials are also exhaled. The oxygen that is breathed in supports immune cell health, improving the force of the all-important warrior we call our immune system. Further, taking deep breaths has been shown to reduce stress and enhance relaxation.

Indulge in a Massage

Massages that focus on the lymphatic system, help to circulate and drain the body of toxic blockages that may be backing up and contributing to frequent illnesses. Relax in style and allow your body and mind to sink away while feeling the undeniable benefits of a massage.

Dance, jump and shout and let it all out!

Dancing and jumping around forcefully pushes toxins out through sweat and all other eliminatory organs such as the kidneys, liver and digestive system. Why not have some fun while working on your immune system.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Being angry and frustrated certainly takes its toll on your stress levels and your immune system. The simple act of being angry impacts greatly on hormones and gut which play a large role in immunity.

Be at one with your body. Listen to its cues. Give it the nutrients and TLC its needs and desires!

Xx Danielle Catherine