September is the perfect time to practice a little self defence. It’s a busy time of year, with many of us preparing for university or getting the kids ready for school. Without the right self defence, it can make us ill!
At one time, I was always ill. I worked in a primary school and from September to February I was ill – blocked nose, dizzy head, scratchy voice. But I had no time to be ill. There were lessons to teach, learning goals to meet, and children to keep motivated. I was too busy. But in my rush to do everything yesterday, I neglected to think about my body’s self defence mechanisms. With playground duties and admin dramas, I wasn’t eating well. With lesson planning and a constant stream of emails, I wasn’t sleeping well. I was quite literally running myself into the ground. So one day, I stopped. I realised that I had to give my body the things that it needed to survive. I had to look after myself.
Now, if this sounds familiar you need to read on.
Our Immune System
I learnt my lesson in self defence then. I kept getting ill because I wasn’t giving my immune system the ammunition to fight bugs.
There are 3 vitamins that our immune system needs every day:
- Vitamin C
It is carried in our immune cells and comes into action during infection.
This essential mineral has lots of benefits for our health, including boosting our immune system.
- Vitamin D3
It’s so important that we get enough of this ‘sunshine vitamin’ in the colder months. It is used by the immune system fight off
But it’s likely that your immune system is run down because you’re so busy. Remembering to make sure you’re getting enough of all 3 of these vitamins every day is another task that you probably don’t have time for…