Winter is coming: Arm the immune systems!


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Winter is coming

With autumn slowly rolling in and the March heat disappearing, it’s time to start prepping your immune system against cold and flu season.

As we go into autumn and then winter of 2021, we have slightly more to be concerned about. Healthwise, that is. We saw a huge jump in positive COVID-19 cases during the winter seasons in countries abroad and with our incoming cold and flu season, it’s important that we keep our immune systems strong.

South Africa is fortunate that we aren’t affected by below-freezing temperatures and whilst this may be an advantage, we would be wise to still take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones fit and healthy.

Together we are going to talk through the small steps that you can take to optimize your wellbeing this winter.

Vitamin C, Zinc and more Vitamin C

We will touch more on foods later, but these two deserve a special mention. This immune-boosting combination is a great first step towards building up your immune system. Vitamin C plays an important part in creating a strong immune system and has been known to combat common colds and influenza.

Zinc aids the production of your immune cells - the cells that fight off any diseases that come into the body. If you feel a cold coming on, taking a large dose of Zinc can significantly reduce the time-frame of your sickness.

Book to see your doctor

It’s strange that we’re still reminding people of this but here we go: you don’t only have to go to the doctor when you’re sick.

Seeing your doctor on a regular basis is a really smart preventative approach to your health. If you have been with your doctor for a while, who better to prep you for the coming months? They know your medical history, family dynamics and will most probably be aware of the most common bugs going around and can advise you on prevention methods.

Of course, seeing your doctor on a routine basis can be expensive if you don’t have health insurance. Comprehensive health insurance will ensure that you are covered for routine care on top of illness and accident cover. Three of our four plans include routine care cover to make regular doctor visits more accessible.

Take a look at our Blue Plan (R770 pm)  for example. You will have routine cover for:

  1. Doctor visits
  2. Scripted medication
  3. Blood tests
  4. X-rays
  5. Dentist visits
  6. Pregnancy
  7. Optometrist

Please note that these prices are reflective of the date that this article was written. For up to date pricing, please follow this link.

Fix your sleep cycle

Each night when we go to sleep, our bodies get the opportunity to restore and strengthen. This is an important time for our immune system and we should be taking care of our sleep patterns all year round. If you’ve found that you’ve fallen into a bad sleeping pattern, you should start retraining yourself before the winter months roll in. This way, you know your body is preparing to fight off any sicknesses with as much energy as possible.

Keep clean, keep sanitised

To do your part in helping prevent a third wave in South Africa, we need to all work together and remain vigilant with our COVID-19 protocols. Whilst you’re taking time to boost your own immune system, be considerate of those who may have autoimmune diseases or compromise immune systems by always washing your hands, sanitizing surfaces and keeping your mask on.

Eat for health

Each time you put something in your body, it is either going to contribute towards your wellness or towards your illness.

We’re sure you know which one you should be choosing. We mentioned Vitamin C and Zinc above, both of which you can source from a supplement or through a nutrient-dense diet. To boost your immune system, your meals should contain:

  1. Vitamin C: citrus, tomatoes, peppers and papaya
  2. Probiotics: sauerkraut, yoghurt, kimchi and cottage cheese
  3. Fish and Omega 3
  4. Protein: legumes, leafy greens, white meat.

Stuck for something to make? Check out our 3 delicious, immune-boosting smoothies to try this winter.

Sweat it out

If you’re getting sick and tired of exercise being the cure to all evil, we suggest you get used to it (in the most polite way possible). Moving your body allows for specialised immune cells to move correctly. Exercise increases the movement of your blood cells and allows these cells to travel to parts of the body where certain pathogens may be hiding.

To get the ball rolling on your physical goals, why not try out these workouts you can do from home?


Yours in simple insurance,


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