Your Guide to Winter Wellness Essentials with Emily Kelly, MPSI

Dive into Winter Wellness

With life being so busy, now is a good time to be thinking about getting your whole family’s health in tip-top condition for winter. As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, our bodies begin to navigate the challenges of the winter months. From battling the season’s dryness to helping our immune system against the cold weather, the right supplements can play a pivotal role. 

In this guide, we delve into the significance of multivitamins, probiotics, Omega Oils and the importance of bone health during the winter

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Vitamins to Boost Your Energy and Immunity During Winter

Dive into Winter Wellness where our energy can be low, and the winter months can be hard for us all, particularly with the dark nights, bad weather, school routines and activities. Sometimes you just need an extra pep in your step. Both Revive Active and Pharmaton are super supplements to give you an energy boost, and vitamins B and C to support your immune system and beat stress this winter. 

Kids too can benefit from multivitamins in the winter. With the dark early mornings and evening training, we can all get a bit tired during the winter. Kids Vivio is an orange-tasting liquid multivitamin with lots of B and C vitamins to support immunity. Kids can be fussy with tastes and textures, so from chews to gummy bears, tablets to liquids we have lots of choice to find the right solution for your little ones.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it dissolves in water and is delivered to the body’s tissues but is not well stored, so it must be taken daily through food or supplements. Vitamin C plays a role in controlling infections and healing wounds and is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralise harmful free radicals.

Vitamin D 

Most Irish people will benefit from Vitamin D supplements due to the alarmingly low levels of vitamin D in the Irish population, especially from October to March. So, from babies to octogenarians we can all benefit from vitamin D. Vitamin D has a role to play in reducing the impact of respiratory illness and can help with tiredness and muscle fatigue. This is a real essential in every Irish household.

How To Improve Your Gut Health This Winter 

“Probiotics” are a group of “friendly bacteria” that are found in your gut. Without these in the correct quantities, the body is not able to digest and absorb all the good nutrients from your food. One of the most convenient and effective ways to replace these good bacteria is by taking a probiotic supplement. 

Probiotics come in lots of different variants and some of the best foods for gut health include: yoghurts, fermented drinks (like kombucha), and most recently, supplements. In parallel with gut and immune health, probiotics are also great for bloating. Different strains of probiotic suit different people and conditions. This might depend on their individual needs or on their stage of life, ask your pharmacist about the correct probiotic for you whether it is fighting colds, supporting the immune system at all life stages from kids to elderly.

Omega Oils: Boosting Brain Health

During the cold winter months, our bodies can experience decreased mood and cognitive function, mainly due to the reduced daylight. Omega Oils are rich in essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 which are sourced from fish, flaxseeds and walnuts. Dive into Winter Wellness.

Fatty acids are known for their positive impact on brain health which may help combat those winter blues. By adding Omega oils into our winter routine, we are supporting our overall mental well-being during the chilly, shorter days of the season. 

Prioritising Your Bone Health 

As sunlight diminishes during the cold months, our natural vitamin D levels drop which are essential for calcium absorption for robust bones. Additionally, the slipper conditions means there is more risk for falls, which means having stronger bones is crucial. An often overlooked supplement for bone health is Glucosamine, which is a compound essential for constructing and maintaining nearly all of our body’s connective tissues including tendons, ligaments and cartilage. There are some great glucosamine supplements such as JointCare Pharma Nord, which disperses throughout the body, helping bone and joint support. Prioritising bone health, particularly in the ageing population is crucial during the cold winter months. 

As the frost sets in and you gear up for winter, remember that McCauleys is your trusted partner in health. We’re here to support you every step of the way, making sure you thrive throughout the season and beyond.


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