Supplements to support your immunity

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Clair Whitty.
Clair Whitty.

This has been a damp, wet winter and our immune systems may need a little help to keep colds and flu at bay until we get some fresher weather.

Here are some tips to help. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and reduce stress .Exercise is important as it will help manage weight, reduce stress which causes inflammation, and it supports the lymphatic system. The lymph system does not have its own pump so it needs movement in order to work to its full potential which in turn supports the immune system.

Vitamin D is highly beneficial for our immune system. But the lack of sunshine this year means that we're all probably deficient. You will find Vitamin D in Cod Liver oil. There are small amounts in cheese, butter, eggs, beef liver, and green leafy vegetables.

Echinacea is the herb most commonly used to support the immune system. Take it now, or at the first sign of a cold or flu to reduce symptoms and the impact of the infection.

Garlic supports immunity and can reduce mucous, phlegm, and congestion. Choose good quality supplements like Quest Kyolic garlic for optimum results.

Probiotic supplements like acidophilus help keep your gut healthy which is an important part of immunity. The good bacteria in the gut fight off the bad bacteria, they make B Vitamins and Vitamin K. You can also get probiotics for young children.

You could consider Manual Lymph Drainage which is a massage used to support immunity, improve energy levels, and help with the eliminations of toxins. If you have on-going health issues or have had treatments of any kind it's a gentle tool to bring your body back to balance. Due to the gentle, soothing nature of the treatment stress levels are reduced which as we know has a negative effect on the immune system. And can help reduce inflammation often caused by stress.

So my top tips to improving immunity are maintain a healthy diet, exercise according to your ability, reduce stress, and of course a get a good night sleep! Make Vitamin D, Echinacea, garlic and a good probiotic part of your health regime for a month or two. At least until the bright weather comes and you will have a better chance of fighting off colds and flu.

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