Want to boost your immunity this year? Here are 10 clever ideas for the whole family

It’s 2022, we’ve left Blue Monday behind us and it’s time to lift our spirits, strengthen our resolve and commit to a healthier lifestyle.

But it’s not always easy, is it? We start out with such good intentions, but then life tends to get the better of us, thwarting our best efforts, when all we really want is to keep going!

What if there were simple things you could do to take better care of yourself this year? A few small changes that you and your whole family – whatever your age – could make to help you stay healthy and feel better?

Well, there are – it’s actually a lot easier to take a few small steps to support your immune system than you might think.

And, as the temperature drops and kids start to return to school and bring home all sorts of bugs and viruses, taking care of yourself has never been more important.

So here are some simple yet effective ways to support all of your immune systems:

GET OUT MORE!

Whether it’s jumping in puddles or playing chase in the park, wrap up warm and get yourself and the kids outside in January to boost your vitamin D levels – it helps maintain our healthy immune system. Alternatively, if it’s raining or they refuse to venture outside, your kids will love it Holland & Barrett’s Elderberry Flavored Kids Vitamin D Gummies (£3.99 for 30). And because they are chewable and have a delicious taste, the little ones will be delighted to have them!

No bad weather! Dress warmly and take the family outside for some outdoor fun

SPEND GUILT-FREE “ME” TIME

We live in very busy times, but long-term stress is the enemy of good health because it reduces our body’s ability to fight disease. So this year, make time for things that will calm you down, whether it’s long soaks in the tub, calming yoga sessions, or gentle meditation in the park, weather permitting.

Take time for yourself and don't feel guilty!  Stress is the enemy of good health

Take time for yourself and don’t feel guilty! Stress is the enemy of good health

TUM IS THE WORD!

When we eat, the bacteria in our belly break down food and produce compounds that help our immune system work. So why not try Holland & Barrett’s Expert High Strength Triple Action Immune Support (£19.99 for 60 capsules) which contains five billion live bacteria to enrich your gut, plus vitamins, minerals and actives to support your immunity.

SEE MORE YOUR PALS

Friends don’t just make us laugh and support us when we’re weak, they seem to make us healthier too. (1). Socializing helps keep the immune system in good working order by being kicked into action when we go out and are exposed to illnesses, while scientists have found that loneliness makes us less resistant to epidemics.

GET FRUITY

Make sure you’re eating enough fruit and veg – it’s fantastic for your health, and the vitamin C it contains is one of the biggest immune heroes in our food arsenal. Alternatively, taking Holland & Barrett’s Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Zinc Effervescent Tablets (£4.19 for 20) is a great way to top up your levels. Drop two tablets in a glass of water for your daily immunity boost.

Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables?  Eating the Rainbow helps you get the vitamins you need

Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? Eating the Rainbow helps you get the vitamins you need

SLEEP ON IT

Don’t feel guilty sleeping in, it’s healthy. Studies show that people who don’t get decent quality sleep are more likely to get sick and recover less quickly. For better rest, get plenty of exercise during the day, ditch the digital devices at night, and do something relaxing before you hit the hay.

SUPPORTS EVEN THE SMALLEST IMMUNE SYSTEMS

It’s never too early to think about your baby’s health, and there’s a lot you can do to help. You can also give them Holland & Barrett’s Baby Vitamin C&D Immunity Liquid (£7.99 for 30ml) which has been specially formulated to support even the smallest immune system. Thanks to its liquid format, it is easy to give your baby exactly the right dose.

MAKE FITNESS FUN

Exercise is great for supporting our body’s defenses, but if you can’t stand riding a bike or going for a run, find something you enjoy that gets your heart beating faster. It will do the same job! Dancing, jumping or even doing the hula hoop counts.

THINK ZINC

Zinc is amazing for keeping the immune system working as it should, so eat plenty of red meat, shellfish, or legumes (think chickpeas, lentils, and beans) or pick some up. Holland & Barrett High Strength Immune Support Powder (£8.99 for 14 sachets) which also contains vitamins C and D and comes in super handy one day sachets so you can take them on the go.

JUST ASK HOLLAND & BARRETT

For over 150 years, Holland & Barrett has been a trusted face on our high street, delivering both expert advice and great products to help customers take care of their well-being.

All of their staff undergo extensive training on their products and are kept up to date with the latest information. If you have any questions or concerns, visit your local store for free personalized advice.

Knowing what’s right for you and your growing family can often be confusing, so Holland & Barrett’s colleagues, who are all qualified to advise, are on hand to help. You can also access their expert colleagues online via their free online consultation service.

Alternatively, help is at hand at hollandandbarrett.com and in their line Wellness Center where you can read about the topics and issues that matter to you.

SOURCES

1) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20407593/

2) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3868360/Can-watching-scary-movie-GOOD-health-Experts-reveal-scared-immune-boost-help-lose-weight.html

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