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Winter survival essentials

The days are getting shorter and colder, and we get it – all you want to do is snuggle up and never leave the house. But life beckons us to reluctantly crawl out of our caves, and mustering up the mental and physical energy to get through the day doesn’t come easily to the best of us. We look at three essential vitamins to keep you in tip-top shape this winter.



Vitamin C: Taking regular Vitamin C supplements is the key to a top-performing immune system all winter long. Not only is it a godsend when it comes to warding off colds and flus, Vitamin C also protects and improves the function of cells, supports the absorption of iron and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage, skin and teeth.
Vitamin D: According to recent studies, there is in fact a link between Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D deficiency, which explains the winter slump. Vital for healthy immunity, energy and mental wellbeing, the vitamin is unfortunately not present in most foods, but relatively high doses can be found in cod liver oil capsules. Battle depression, anxiety, fatigue and muscle aches with this little warrior!
Vitamin B12: Researchers have discovered that individuals with B vitamin deficiency may find themselves more sensitive to cold temperatures. Vitamin B12 is required to make healthy red blood cells that are needed to carry oxygen throughout the body and the result is poor circulation – meaning cold hands and feet and general intolerance to low temperatures. Find high quantities of this nutrient in animal liver/kidneys, nutritional yeast and Vegemite.

Keeping Winter Fit: Unichem Forté Pharmacy

Unichem Forté Pharmacy, located on Kilmore Street, is the ideal, convenient, central city pharmacy that offers a wide range of services, along with that ever so important carparking factor.


With winter looming, now is the time to be the smart cookie for you and your whanau, and think about those crucial vaccinations that safeguard family health, such as influenza (flu vaccine), whooping cough, shingles and meningitis vaccinations. For those who find winter equates with feeling the blues, a B12 injection lifts energy levels and fights fatigue; improves metabolism; helps with weight loss; increases concentration, boosts immune systems, and best of all, helps restore better sleeping patterns.

Breast pumps and tens machines (which give relief from labour pain as well as general chronic pain), are available for hire, and they also do medicine compliance packaging, e.g. blister packs, and free blood pressure monitoring. There’s a fantastic free delivery service for those living nearby, which is very handy if, for instance, you live in a retirement village and find it difficult to get into town. Owner of Unichem Forté, Annabel Turley, says she wants people to know that they don’t have go to Forté Health to access the pharmacy. “Anybody can come here. We welcome everybody; no matter what our customers might want or need to purchase, even if it’s to post their mail or get their ears pierced!” Annabel laughs.

Located at 151 Kilmore Street, open 8:30am to 5:30pm, phone 03 595 5493 or find them on Facebook at @fortepharmacy.


Yoga Therapy Training: Flow Hot Yoga

As part of its dedication to healing and safe yoga practice, Flow Hot Yoga is now offering an intensive 100-hour course of Hansa Yoga Therapy Training with global yoga expert Vincent Bolletta.



So what exactly is yoga therapy and how is it different from regular yoga practice? Yoga therapy utilises poses, breathing techniques and meditation to benefit and improve overall health. While any type of yoga can bring health benefits, yoga therapy works at a deeper, more involved level to support the practitioner and teacher, more than basic yoga training does. It can be used to add to a teacher’s toolkit but even those with no yoga training can experience its benefits.

It can also be used as another skillset for those already working in the health sector, such as massage and occupational therapists, who will be able to apply the principals of yoga therapy in their day-to-day work. New yoga teachers will find Hansa Yoga Therapy training a great way to support their students and it acts as a bridge to other areas of practice such as meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Asana and anything from Ashtanga, Vinyasa to Kundalini.

To start your journey with Hansa Yoga Therapy, enrol now for the 100-hour training in 2019. Session times available are Friday 19 July to Wednesday 24 July and Saturday 27 July to Wednesday 31 July. The cost is $1800 per 100 hours (early bird $1500 by 1 June), held at The Vineyard at Rossendale Event Centre, 100 Old Tai Tapu Road, Halswell.

For more information visit or phone 03 348 8889.