Do you need to get your wellness back on track? We all want to be healthy and happy and wellness and health go together to help you thrive, not just survive. This is particularly true during the unprecedented times that we have been living through during lockdown and it is vital to look after your mental health as well as your physical health during this time. We have all had to adjust to spending more time at home, and that probably includes sitting down for long periods of time whether that is in front of your laptop when you are working or even home schooling at the dining table. It is so important to take time out for a break, even if that means standing up and walking around the house.
Your physical health can have a big impact on how you’re feeling so practising healthy habits on a daily basis will lead to both better physical and mental health outcomes and will make you feel good about the world around you.
There are lots of things that we can do to look after our wellbeing including trying to eat a healthy balanced diet, drinking enough water and getting active. Don’t think that you have to go to the gym to achieve physical fitness. Going for a walk can really lift your mood and it is amazing how just five minutes of physical activity will release endorphins that can trigger a positive feeling in your body.
Set short term goals rather than attempting to run a marathon straight away. Challenge yourself to walk a certain distance over the course of a week, then a month. Whatever activity you choose to do, you will improve your chances of sticking with it if you give yourself something to work towards.
Don’t forget to look into activities like yoga, cycling or dancing. Join an online class and feel the sense of community that you may be craving after having been in isolation for a while. Get the family involved and build stronger and close relationships as you share experiences.
Focusing on the four pillars of good health is key to enhancing your body’s natural defence mechanism. These pillars include making sure that you sleep well, that you look after your nutrition, your fitness and mindfulness. A healthy immune system is essential for your body to fight off infection and although boosting your immunity is a myth, you can support your immune system with various vitamins, minerals and foods.
Evidence has shown that individuals lacking in vitamin C can help restore their natural immunity by making sure they supply their body with enough vitamin C. You can get more vitamin C by eating red and green peppers, Brussel sprouts, berries, melons, cauliflower, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables and from oranges and orange juice, or try Holland & Barrett Gentle Non-Acidic Vitamin C supplements.
is also known as the sunshine vitamin and can help to support your immune system function. Get more vitamin D in your life by spending time outside in the sun or eating eggs, meat, fortified plant milks, fortified cereals, mushrooms or oily fish like salmon. Taking one tablet daily of Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 25Ug Lemon and Lime Flavour Effervescent Tablets dissolved in water could improve bone health and immunity.
is another of the popular ‘immune-boosting supplements’. While that may not be true, vitamin B12 is pretty important when it comes to supporting our immune system. Get more vitamin B12 in your life by eating meat, fish, milk and dairy products, eggs, yeast extracts enriched with vitamin B12, vitamin B12 fortified plant milks, and soya ‘mock-meats’ fortified with vitamin B12. Though it is important to get most of your nutrients through the food you eat, many people who follow a meat-free diet may find they need to boost their levels of these essential nutrients. Try Solgar Vitamin B-Complex “50” High Potency 50 Vegi Capsules.
is the collective term for a group of fat-soluble nutrients that the body stores in the liver. It can be found in milk and other dairy products, eggs, liver, carrots, squash, mangoes, spinach and sweet potato.
aka folic acid or vitamin B9, is very important for expecting mothers and their babies, but it also helps to support your immune system. Spinach is especially rich in folate and can also be found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy green vegetables and chickpeas, or take one tablet daily of Holland & Barrett Folic Acid.
is one of the most important essential minerals for our bodies. From making haemoglobin in the blood to supporting our energy levels, iron is certainly a ‘key worker’ in our body. When it comes to our immune system, iron works hard there too. Get more iron in your diet from red meat, fish and shellfish, leafy green vegetables, beans, chickpeas, fortified breakfast cereals or from a liquid food supplement such as Holland Barrett Liquid Iron Formula.
Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications or are under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional and always read the label before use.