For many, it’s that time of year again. The evenings are drawing in, the mornings feel darker and there’s a chill in your bones. Your commute is now a chorus of coughs and colleagues, friends and family have started dropping like flies – you’re sure you’re next in line… So what can you do to help avoid those dreaded winter bugs?
A healthy gut is essential for optimal immune health: around 70% of immune cells can be found in your gut and your gut microbes play an important role in alerting your immune cells what is worth reacting to and what is safe. As you know, fibre and plant-based (not necessarily plants-only) eating can nourish your gut microbiota and help to make you as resilient as possible. But, no amount of immune-nourishing eating can outdo a disastrous lifestyle.
As we’ve witnessed with so many clients at The Gut Health Clinic, if you’re not sleeping well or your stress levels are through the roof, your health is likely to pay the price with sniffles, coughs and bedridden days.
There are four key pillars your gut needs for optimal function: a diverse diet, movement, sleep and… (take a deep breath)… relaxing.
We’re going to take a look at stress and sleep to see some savvy ways to keep these in check.