Social distancing is set to remain the new normal for some time to come. With health, wellbeing and immunity continuing to be a huge priority amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially as we head into winter, Peta Teuma, Chief Naturopath for premium vitamin brand GO Healthy suggests her top five supplements to support our adjusted lifestyles and help our bodies be their fighting best.
Kung Fu winter ills and chills with GO Vir-Defence Cold & Flu
"This is an amazing all-rounder to take daily to boost immunity – especially as we head into peak cold and flu season," says Peta. GO Healthy's GO Vir-Defence Cold & Flu (RRP: $20.99) offers all round immune support through the combination of five immunity-boosting herbs, Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids and Zinc to promote a healthy immune system and help relieve the symptoms of colds and flus.
"Active ingredients Echinacea and Elderberry help to support the immune system while relieving the severity of symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infections. Vitamin C, Zinc and Garlic are used to enhance immunity and support anti-viral activity, while Bioflavonoids assist with the proper absorption of Vitamin C," says Peta.
Give Blue Light the Flick with GO Screen Time iProtect 1-A-DAY
"We're a screen obsessed society at the best of times, but with so many meetings, classes and social catch ups now happening online, it's more important than ever to protect eyes from blue light emitted from screens," says Peta. GO Healthy's GO Screen Time iProtect (RRP: $29.99) uses a powerful mix of ingredients traditionally used for eye health to assist with a very modern challenge – the maintenance of healthy eyes in a screen dependent society.
"It contains Lutemax® 2020, a blend of all three macular carotenoids: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin, important nutrients that protect eyes against the harmful effects of blue light during screen exposure.
'It also contains Betacarotene, which protects the lens and retina from oxidative damage and neutralises free radicals, as well as Natural Fish Oil, which may assist with reducing the severity of dry eye syndrome,i a common by product of excess screen use," she said.
Sweet Relief for Sleeplessness with GO Cherry Sleep
"Given the current environment, Australians are likely facing elevated levels of stress and may not be sleeping as well as they'd like," says Peta, who recommends taking GO Cherry Sleep, (RRP: $34.99) rich in Sour Cherry and Passionflower, a traditional herbal remedy to assist with falling asleep.
"Sour Cherry contains natural plant melatonin, which may help support our body's sleep hormones and regulate our body clocks, which can be more out of whack than usual given our growing dependence on technology and our lack of regular routine," says Peta.
"The formula also features natural sedative, Passionflower, to help restless minds fall asleep and stay asleep for longer. "Passionflower is a herb I recommend frequently as a naturopath as it is traditionally used as a mild sedative and anxiolytic or anxiety aid. I find it valuable in promoting relaxation, eliminating mental chatter and subduing the mind – something a lot of people could benefit from right now," she said.
Supplement your sunshine with GO Vitamin D3, 1,000IU
With much more time indoors, sunlight exposure is already down for most and the onset of winter will further increase the need for Vitamin D support, says Peta. "Vitamin D is essential for developing and maintaining healthy bones, and as it can only be obtained in small amounts through food, the majority of Vitamin D3 is produced in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight."
GO Vitamin D3 1,000IU (RRP: $29.99) contains Vitamin D which supports the development and maintenance of strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps to maintain serum calcium, phosphorus levels, and aids calcium absorption.
Get buzzing with anti-bacterial goodness with GO Manuka Honey
"This dark, sticky nectar, which is indigenous to New Zealand, is known as the 'healing honey' thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It has been used to treat wounds and bacterial infections for eons, beginning with the Maori communities of New Zealand several centuries ago," says Peta.
"Manuka Honey is great for reducing the growth of strep bacteria, the bacteria that causes sore throats," said Peta, "though you do need to look out for the quality of your Manuka Honey, as not all of them are created equal. GO Healthy's GO Manuka Honeys are 100% New Zealand Manuka Honey and are available with varying UMF levels, (Unique Manuka Honey Factor) which are given a number, with the higher number representing greater strength and efficacy."
"Only genuine New Zealand Manuka Honeys have UMF ratings, so keep that in mind when purchasing," she said. (RRP: from $31.99)
GO Healthy products are available at leading pharmacies nationally. For more information or to find a stockist, visit www.gohealthy.com.au.