On Sunday, 28thOctober 2018 the clocks go back one hour, which means we are truly heading towards the Winter season.
Researchers speculate that since our internal body clock, also known as our circadian rhythm, is affected by changes in daylight, that the seasonal variation of the immune system is also caused by environmental cues, such as daylight and temperature.
Have you ever noticed how healthy you feel in the summer, while certain conditions tend to flare up around the winter months? This isn’t the result of more time spent at the beach, but rather seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.
A recent study1, conducted at the University of Cambridge, has revealed that the activation of around a quarter of our genes, associated with the human immune system, is influenced by the time of the year. Seasonal differences were present across mixed populations in geographically and ethnically diverse locations. However, the pattern of seasonal activity was not reflected as strongly in the Icelandic population. The researchers speculate that this may be due to the near-24 hour daylight during summer and near-24 hour darkness in winter.
As winter approaches, it’s important to maintain a strong and balanced immune system. Taking additional food supplements can help, as can a variety of other activities, such as:
1. Eat a hearty breakfast. Winter is the perfect season for a warm breakfast like porridge. Eating a bowl of warm porridge on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, but it also helps boost your intake of fibre.
2. Get outdoors in the natural daylightas much as possible. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can help maintain your immune system.
3. Consume more fruit and vegetables. Kenzen Super Ciaga® exclusively from Nikken, is an organic super fruit juice concentrate that is not only delicious on its own, but also makes a great mixer with water whilst helping your immune system. The numerous organic berries in the formula are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle for high potency and a natural sweetness. A healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time. Nikken’s Kasai® Multi-Vitamin and Minerals provides a supportive range of vitamins and minerals, as well as the associated phytonutrients and nutritional matrices, to help count towards your daily nutritional needs.
Winter can take a toll on our mind, body and soul – so make sure you take time to look after yourself both inside and out.