New research has revealed that less than one in 10 UK adults feel 100% and on top of the world in the winter, with nearly 6 out of 10 saying that they regularly feel tired and low in energy compared to any other time of year. Shockingly, a third (32%) admitted that they have previously missed out on a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party due to feeling run down or tired. With people looking forward to some much-needed Christmas cheer this year, it would be shame for people to miss out because of their health.
The research, conducted by Opinion Matters on revealed that over a third (35%) of adults are feeling stressed and anxious about getting ready for Christmas such as shopping, expenses and the food preparation. Increased stress combined with low energy levels can reduce the body’s immunity, making it difficult to fight winter infections such as colds, sore throats and flu. So, make sure you’re prepared this Christmas by stocking up on winter essentials.
Dr Ellie Cannon, expert GP from Sky Living’s ‘Slave To Food’ says, “The best way to stop feeling run down and catching colds and infections is to build up our immunity. Few people realise that around 60% of our immune system is associated with the gut, which is home to both good and bad bacteria. Stress, tiredness and sickness can reduce the amount of good bacteria which in turn can affect our ability to fight infections and stay healthy. Using supplements such as Bimuno IMMUNAID, which has prebiotics that help the ‘good’ gut bacteria to grow and flourish while reducing harmful ‘bad’ bacteria, is a great idea. By ensuring a healthy balance of good versus bad bacteria, we can help to maintain a healthy immune system.”
Nearly 75% of the 1131 respondents also agreed that the winter months (December through to February) were when they were at their unhealthiest, with more than half saying that they over-indulged on rich and fatty foods in December and more than a third saying they exercised less than normal. All this can further compromise the body’s immunity and decrease energy levels.