Christmas 2019, hubby, Ange and I were very sick. Poor Lil V ate week old leftover food on Christmas Day, we were that poorly. We rang in the New Year in Cinderford which was lovely but we still didn’t have the energy to as much as we normally would while on staycation. Then in February 2020, the Coronavirus hit the UK. Remembering how poorly I felt a few months previous that I was scared. When I catch a cold my asthma flairs up, simply climbing the stairs to my bedroom becomes a challenge. This winter Coronavirus still present, so I’m taking no chances. I am following the government’s lockdown guidelines and improving my winter health.
As you know, I’m not a doctor and I don’t have a science back ground. How I look after my health is influenced by the knowledge that was passed down to me by matriarchs in my family. Growing up they used roots and herbs mostly, when I was poorly. It’s hard and sometimes pricey to source those particular herbs in England but there are some times are a staple in my ‘store cupboard’. Additionally, I take supplements to top on vital vitamins and minerals.
These are the things I’m using this winter:
- Fresh Ginger
- Fresh Turmeric
- Nasal Spray
Ginger & Turmeric
Ginger and turmeric both belong to the Zingiberaceae (flowering ginger) plant family along with cardamom seeds. In total, there are 1,300 plants in the species. Some are used as ornamental flowers, while roots like ginger and turmeric are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Ginger and turmeric are known to have many health benefits. They have been used for centuries, ginger in East and South East Asia. While Turmeric (the ‘Golden Spice’) dates back to Vedic India, 4 000 years ago, then ‘… probably reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century.’
At home, I use ginger in my food seasoning, as well as, in my tea. Turmeric I also drinks as a tea, add to my curries AND my eggs. I’ve had Curcumin ( which is one of 3 different curcuminoids in turmeric) in the past but I’m having fresh turmeric at the moment. Both ginger and turmeric are lovely in smoothies but I don’t use them at the same time, it depends on the smoothie I’m making. I use them because they support the immune system and combat flus.
Nasal sprays came into my world when I became a mum. I used to have some on hand for the kids. Now I use it as well. I have the Sterimar Nasal Spray and use it for all round nasal hygiene. When I return home from work, after my shower I use the spray. Sterimar Nasal Spray is made from pure sea water which is sourced from specially monitored sea water, found off the French coast of Brittany.
Sterimar says, ‘Pure sea water is rich in different salts, minerals and trace elements that are important for overall health and wellbeing.’ I’m usually slightly blocked up (due to my cheese weakness) the spray helps me to decongest and in my mind my cleanses my sinus.
When I first arrived in England, I was advised to take a Vitamin D supplement to combat the winter blues. Although ‘the blues’ were no stranger to me, I didn’t take the supplement because I was super excited about my big adventure. After becoming a mum my battle with anxiety and depression returned. I used exercise to help me control it and that worked for a time. However, when lockdown restrictions were set due to the Coronavirus, I began taking Mood Architect by SuperfoodLx. Mood Architect is a ‘unique blend of high performance, plant based nutrients …’ and promises to support mood wellness and feelings of anxiety.
Along with Mood Architect (and Evening Primrose Oil and Glucosamine Sulphate) I also take Cod Liver Oil. I’ve tried a few over the years tried different types of fish oil supplements but at the moment I’m taking a supermarket own brand. Cod Liver Oil has many benefits but I’ve mainly take because it’s reported to reduce Inflammation, improve symptoms of depression and improve asthma symptoms
Hydration is key no matter what. It’s good for the skin, the tummy and around good health. I start my day with a glass of water, sometimes I have it plan other times I have warm lemon water either way its good for detox. During the day I have lemon infused water. I don’t have it every day and not necessarily both on the same day.
Some reported of the benefits of lemon water include, improved, mental health, digestive health and exercise performance.
So far so good, touch wood I’m doing fine and hanging there for the third lockdown, since the Coronavirus hit the UK. As I said before, I’m not a GP. Do check with your GP before making any changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Comment below to share how you are looking after yourself and your health this winter.