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YOGA FOR LIFE
with Ann Jocelyn
Helen Elscot ND is a qualified medical
herbalist, naturopath and nutritionist
and a member of the New Zealand
Association of Medical Herbalists. She
is also the health columnist for Gulf
Children miss school more than adults
take leave from work due to illness from
common ailments such as colds. It is
normal for young children to have six to eight colds each year.
Children have three types of immunity – innate, adaptive and
passive. Everyone is born with innate (or natural) immunity, a
type of general protection. Many of the germs that affect other
species don’t harm us. For example, the viruses that cause leuke-
mia in cats or distemper in dogs don’t affect humans.
The second kind of protection is adaptive (or active) immu-
nity, which develops throughout our lives. Adaptive immunity
involves white blood cells called lymphocytes and it develops
as people are exposed to diseases or immunised against diseases
through vaccination. It seems strange, but getting sick is how a
child’s body learns to protect itself.
Passive immunity is ‘borrowed’ from another source and
it lasts for a short time. For example, antibodies in a mother ’s
breast milk provide a baby with temporary immunity to diseases
Sarah Gloyer, owner of Synergy Studio
in Oneroa, is a qualified personal trainer
and Pilates instructor with more than 25
years experience. She has a degree in
Human Performance and a diploma in
Sport and Recreation Development.
This week marks the shortest day of the
year. From here on in the days will get
lighter and longer. Still, the next couple
of months, for many, are the most
challenging. Of course, you could break them up by vacationing
to warmer climes but this is not always an option for all. July
and August are great times to set and focus on a fitness goal.
These goals will be entirely personal to you but here are some
Train for something
Find an event in early spring and prepare for it over the next
few months. We have a big group training for the Auckland
Half Marathon at the moment but there are events to meet all
Try something new
Never done yoga before? What about skiing? Why not use
the long evenings to try a new class or the snow down south to
have some great fun? It may be something that becomes a life-
long habit for you.
Commit to something
Sign up for a course in advance and it is more likely you will
stick with it long enough to see a result. It is too easy to skip a
workout or session on dark, wet and windy nights!
Find out where you are at and decide where you want to be.
Have a fitness professional take you through an assessment; it
will tell you a lot about the state of your health. Then set out a
plan to reach your goals and implement it over the next months.
Keep lots of fresh greens and lots of variety in your diet. It is
easy in winter to limit yourself to less than fresh foods and suffer
the consequences through your health and vitality.
Get lots of sleep
This one should be easy as in the winter you will naturally
sleep a bit more.
I often see people get dehydrated in winter because they don’t
drink as much water during workouts as the summer. It is just as
important now as ever.
Start or join a group
You will nearly always be more successful at sticking to
something if you are accountable to other people. Or just buddy
up with someone with similar goals as you.
Stay active, look after yourself and enjoy winter.
Health and Wellbeing
118 Oceanview Rd
(Next to Info Centre)
021 5444 19
Judy Turnbull is a qualified pharma-
cist who has practised on Waiheke for 20
years. Judy has post graduate training in
nutritional and environmental medicine.
She brings an integrative approach to
health by combining medicine, nutrition
Good nutrition means good
health, feeling and looking great
• Maximise your energy levels
• Achieve your ideal weight
with minimum effort
• Maintain powerful, long term changes.
Call for an appointment today
the mother has been exposed to. This can help protect the baby
against infection during the early years of childhood.
Andrographis is an immune system-stimulating herb which is
safe to use with children and was used to fight viral and bacte-
rial infections before antibiotics were invented. It is known as
the ‘king of bitters’ alluding to its bitter taste which is effective
in reducing fevers, treating fungal and bacterial infections and
Clinical studies have shown andrographis to reduce the inten-
sity of cold symptoms – such as sore throats, nasal discharge,
fatigue and aches and pains – by boosting the number of circulat-
Calendula is also a safe herb for children when taken as herbal
medicine. It is used as a cleanser for the lymphatic system which
circulates the lymphatic fluid that contains the lymphocytes which
help protect our body from infection.
During its journey around the body, the fluid passes through
countless lymph nodes in areas such as the throat, armpits and
groin. Each lymph node acts as a filter to destroy infectious organ-
isms and remove cellular debris caused by viruses.
Simple ways to boost your child’s immune system are to
allow them a reasonable exposure to dirt and germs. Although
you shouldn’t sacrifice basic hygiene, children must be exposed to
typical environmental bacteria so their immune system can build
The good news is that children who suffer multiple colds and
viral illnesses throughout daycare don’t get as sick as much when
the get into the real school world. They already have protection.
You can help your child’s immune system stay stronger and
fight illnesses by taking preventative measures and by staying
informed about your child’s conditions at daycare and school and
working closely with your health care practitioner.
Give yourself a boost this winter
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