With winter on its way, bringing with it the possibility of passing around cold and flu bugs in your household like a hot potato, Stephen Eddey, has come up with a list of five things your family can do now to get ready for colds and flu season.


1. Fresh-picked olive leaf extract

Fresh-picked olive leaf extract has been traditionally used to support the immune system and relieve symptoms of colds, flu, sore throats and upper respiratory tract infections. Antioxidants such as polyphenol act as free-radical scavengers, helping to quench free radical activity which is the cause of a weaker immune system and inflammation. Oleuropein, the most well-known polyphenol has been shown to be one of the most powerful antioxidants because of the unique way it works in synergy with the other antioxidants found in olive leaves. Fresh-picked olive leaf extract is a powerful antioxidant with five times more antioxidant activity than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C [i]. It is also a simple way to get your daily dose of oleuropein and may assist in keeping you and your family protected from the dreaded cold and flu this winter. It is advisable to choose olive leaf extract which is ‘fresh picked’ to ensure the olive leaves are processed at its freshest resulting in the highest quality and potency.

2. Sleep

You’ve probably heard this countless times, but the truth is, you can’t underestimate just how important sleep is to you and your family’s body. Most of us simply don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night, which can wreak havoc on the immune system. Consider sleep a detox for your brain – sleeping, not just resting, restores and replenishes your body allowing for overall improved performance.

3. Plan your snacks

Sometimes when it’s cold and you and your children might be starting to feel run down, you could be more inclined to reach for a quick and convenient snack because you think it will give you an easy boost of energy. Remember that packaged snacks, (even if they’re from the health food isle in the supermarket!), are often loaded with sugar and preservatives that are of little to no benefit to your body. It’s important to sustain the body with the right food and fuel, all year round. When that mid-morning slump or 3pm craving hits, be ready by planning your snacks in advance, and pack healthier options like fresh fruit and nuts that will leave everyone feeling fuller for longer and assist with more stable blood sugar levels. Your body and mind will thank you.

4. Eat your greens

Green leafy vegetables are full of phytonutrients, which fight illnesses like the flu. Try incorporating some sort of green vegetable like broccoli, kale or spinach into every family meal, even breakfast. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals is vital when building a strong immune system, and green leafy vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals like iron, which will help with your and your children’s energy levels when you’re feeling a bit under the weather.

5.     Keep moving

Keeping your body moving is essential even in the colder months. Taking a pass on exercise may increase your risk of catching a cold, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine[i]. Researchers found the incidence of colds were lower in women who worked out five days a week for 45 minutes. Go outside for a winter stroll in the park or a walk by the beach with your little ones to catch some fresh air and winter sunshine. If it’s too cold to get outside, try yoga (there are yoga classes for kids as well) or a fitness class. If you think you may be getting sick, switch to light-intensity exercise but try to keep active if you can.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. [i] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20204249

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  • Great tips especially with Winter not too far off,will invest in olive leaf extract also!


  • I’m going to get hubby to study this! Every year he suffers badly (or maybe it’s just man flu) with the winter lurgies. These might help him avoid them


  • great tips ,as my son already has a cold need to get onto some olive leaf extract.


  • Fantastic tips. Thank you so much


  • Reading about the olive leaf extract is something completely new to me. I generally prepare to winter by eating more vitamin C tablets.

    • Are you aware that a lot of brands of Vitamin C tablets are acidic and can damage your teeth?


  • I totally agree with all these tips, thank for reminding me :-) cheers


  • Like it


  • Great advice to take on board right now as the weather is changing. Thanks for the reference to fresh picked olive leaf, i will be sure to get the right one ☺


  • Outside is great in winter. Rug up and head outdoors – kids love it.

    • I agree – we rug up and get out! No overwhelming heat or sweat.


  • Good tips, I agree with snacks and keep moving. I plan and prepare snacks and get lots of exercise. It is way to easy to sit and not move during the cooler months!


  • Great tips. My family and I have used olive leaf extract for years and it either stops us getting colds or severely reduces the severity of a cold.


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