With winter drawing in, we’re taking all the measures we can do to avoid coughs and colds. That’s why we like UnBEElievable Bee Prepared Daily Defence Immune Support. The capsules – which come in a pack of 30 – are designed to help your immune system fend off colds, flu & hayfever.
Mass transit, such as tubes, buses, trains and planes, are optimal reservoirs for bacterial growth. Close quarters and crowded conditions on public transport facilitate the spread of bacteria between commuters. In fact, it is believed that a single sneeze can travel up to 40 metres!
With over three million people using the London tube network each day, the potential for individuals to be exposed to and pass along cold and flu germs is extremely high. Nevertheless, the daily commute is a ‘necessary evil’ for many of us. A well-functioning immune system is the best defence against catching something on your commute, and fortunately there are a number of ways to improve immunity naturally.
Here are some top tips for to avoid catching a cold on your commute:
Wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands is a simple but effective way to halt the spread of colds and flu. Why not also keep a mini-bottle of antibacterial gel in your handbag to keep your hands clean when on the go?
Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep and fatigue can severely lower your immunity. If you find switching off difficult, try a bedtime winding-down routine. Relax with a warm bath or shower and have a warm drink of camomile tea or milk. Turn off electronics and try winding down with a book instead.
Reduce caffeine intake. Caffeine reduces nutrient absorption, which can affect immune cell function. Substituting green tea for coffee or black tea can provide a boost with the added benefit of antioxidants.
Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon. Lemon water provides antioxidants and Vitamin C to support the immune system. Drinking water on waking is also a great habit to get into in order to help reach your daily recommended intake.
Take a natural immune support supplement. Bee Prepared Immune Support is packed with immune boosting, nutrient dense, antioxidant rich ingredients including bee propolis, olive leaf extract, elderberry and more. All of these have natural antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral actions, whilst the antioxidants in Bee Prepared help to reduce symptoms and speed recovery.
Through interaction with other children at nursery or school, children frequently acquire and pass on common bacterial and viral infections. There are a number of natural ways to reduce the risk of your children picking up coughs, colds and infections going around the classroom. The best insurance against illness is to support your child’s immune system through diet and lifestyle.
Ways in which you can boost your child’s immunity naturally are:
1) Wash hands – but don’t be a germ-o-phobe!
Good hygiene at school and at home is important, and washing hands regularly is an easy, effective way of preventing the spread of germs. However, extreme hygiene practices may negatively affect a child’s maturing immunity. Some contact with pathogens and allergens allows a child’s immune system to develop antibodies and modulate responses to allergens. In fact, excess sterilization has been associated with allergic and atopic conditions. Finding a balance in cleanliness can support your child’s developing immune system in the short and long term.
2) Eat foods packed with immune boosting nutrients.
It’s quite difficult to monitor what your child is fed at school or when visiting friends. However, while at home, you can serve nutrient dense foods to boost your child’s immunity. Here are a few nutrients and foods which are essential to supporting a balanced immune system:
Vitamin C – This is the go to vitamin for immune support. Citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are not the only foods high in Vitamin C. Broccoli, kale, green beans, berries, cantaloupe, and watermelon are all quality sources of Vitamin C.
Zinc – Zinc supports immune cell function. Foods rich in zinc include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, tahini, and seafood.
Probiotics and Prebiotics– Balanced gut flora is essential to maintain a balanced immune system. Plain organic yogurt with no additives is a natural probiotic food. Foods high in soluble fibre, such as oats and apples, also help maintain gut flora balance. Why not try apple and cinnamon porridge made with organic natural yogurt for a probiotic super-dish?
4) Reduce refined carbohydrates and sugary foods.
Refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes and sugary foods can tax the immune system. They feed bacterial growth and contribute to inflammation which depletes and exhausts immune function. By replacing these foods in your diet, you allow the immune system to focus on bacterial and viral infections, rather than dietary inflammatory triggers.
Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immune function in all age groups. Turn off the TV and encourage your kids to play outdoors instead. Park games as well as sports are great ways for your child to get their daily recommended amount of physical activity.
5) Try natural immune support supplements.
Herbs and foods have been used for centuries to help ward off colds and flu. There are a number of immune boosting plant based products that are extremely safe and effective for children. One of which is bee propolis. This resin collected by bees is a natural antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. Olive leaf is an effective antimicrobial safe for children. Elderberry has been used in numerous forms from cordials to syrups to powders to help children fight viral infections. Bee Prepared Immune Support Daily Defence contains all of these ingredients in therapeutic dosages safe for children.
A practical, tasty, and child-friendly way to include a few of these recommendations into your daily routine is with an immune boosting smoothie.
Immunity Smoothie Ingredients:
1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
1 lemon peeled and seeded
1/2 cup filtered water or organic apple juice
1/2 cup natural yogurt
2 tsp manuka honey
1 tbsp pumpkin seed butter
1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled.
1 capsule Bee Prepared Daily Defence (open capsule and use the powder)
Combine all of these ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!.
The stress of work, combined with the often sedentary nature of our jobs, does our immune system no favours! Here are some tips to ensure your time in the office is healthy and more productive.
1) Take mini-exercise breaks.
The stress of being cooped up in an office all day can reduce your energy and concentration. It can also greatly reduce immunity and feelings of wellbeing as a result. So why not take use you lunch break to take a 20-minute walk? Even gentle exercise will increase blood flow to the brain, which will improve cognitive function and boost energy levels naturally. Research also shows that exercise improves immune function which will help fight colds and flu. Finally, by stepping outside for a few minutes each day, you will be getting a dose of Vitamin D, a nutrient important for energy, immunity and mood.
2) Drink less coffee and stimulants.
Coffee may provide immediate improvement to energy and concentration, but it will eventually leave you fatigued and lacking focus. Swap green tea for coffee to have a more gentle stimulating effect with the added benefit of antioxidants.
3) Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Sugar and refined carbohydrates may provide a quick and tasty boost, but their dopamine high wears off quickly. Sugary foods also feed bacterial growth, which could challenge your immune system. Graze on fruit, nuts or oatcakes with peanut butter or houmous for a tasty yet nutritious afternoon pick-up. Why not also try banana bread for a healthier alternative to coffee break biscuits?
4) Devise an anti-stress strategy.
Stress has been found to be a contributing factor to many health concerns and conditions such as insomnia, IBS, high blood pressure, and low immunity, to name just a few! Stress levels at work often escalate when racing to meet a deadline or dealing with a disgruntled customer. Try to implement stress managing techniques throughout your work day to keep stress levels under control. Examples of these strategies include taking a lunchtime walk, performing breathing exercises, or improving time and project management skills.
5) Keep your immune system in top shape.
Maintaining your body’s natural defences is one of the best ways to stay well at work. This can be done by eating foods which contain high levels of antioxidants and immune supporting nutrients, like Vitamin C and Zinc. Foods rich in these nutrients include berries, dark green vegetables, citrus fruit and pumpkin seeds. Enjoying immune supporting herbs in your lunch or as teas is beneficial as well. These herbs include garlic, thyme, ginger, and liquorice. Another way to support your immune function is by taking an all-natural immune support product such as Bee Prepared Immune Support. Bee Prepared Immune Support Max Strength contains all natural, extracts of bee propolis, elderberry, olive leaf and reishi mushroom, which have proven immunity-boosting actions and high levels of antioxidants..
Use your body’s natural defences. BEE Prepared MAX Strength Immune Support contains high quality natural ingredients including bee propolis, elderberry, acerola cherries and reishi mushroom, all rich in natural antihistamines.”