How to boost Immunity and reduce illness

How to boost Immunity and reduce illness />

With the Coronavirus lurking & more and more cases appearing in New Zealand what can you do to help boost your immunity?  

Simple strategies from the World Health Organisation to reduce your risk of the coronavirus include the basics like 

  • Washing your hands with soap and water - this should be a frequent occurrence especially when preparing & eating food, & touching your face.

  • If coughing and sneezing make sure you cover your mouth & nose with either a tissue or your elbow crease, preferably not your hands to reduce spreading germs. 

  • Limiting your contact with people with fevers & coughs - so if you do have these, stay home!!!! Rest and recovery is important for all types of illness

Some other simple strategies to include to boost your immunity would be

  • Vitamin C - Including food sources such as increasing all your colorful fruits & vegetables like citrus, kiwi fruit, pineapples, peppers, broccoli, considering a supplemental top-up like food state supplements made from actual fruits like the Entire Katoa range, or a formulation that has a good percentage of Sodium Ascorbate so it is absorbed quickly into your system.  One of the most important things to remember about vitamin C is that its a water-soluble vitamin, so for maximum absorption, you are best to take little doses but very frequently, this helps our body’s natural defense system naturally.

  • Vitamin D - Including food sources such as oily fish or good quality fish oils (must be good quality), sprouted seeds, eggs into our diet will help boost vitamin D, additionally adding in a good quality supplement can boost levels.  Vitamin D is naturally synthesised from the sun so typically our levels decrease over the winter, you may have heard that vitamin D is very important for keeping a happy mood too, and often can be why some people get the winter blues.

  • Zinc - so crucial and so many people are deficient - have you completed a zinc test in the clinic? This is a complementary test that you can book to access your levels.  Zinc is found in foods such as beef & lamb, brewers yeast, capsicum, eggs, ginger, seeds like sunflower & pumpkin ensure you are including these in your diet & you can take a good quality supplement to top up.  Zinc helps with immunity, hormone health, skin health & approximately 300 enzyme functions through the body - quite important!

  • Herbal Medicine - We have so many amazing anti-viral, immune-boosting herbs that can be easily made into an individualised formula to support what you need.  Some of my favourite herbs for fighting viruses & boosting immunity include Elderberry, Pelargonium, Echinacea, Astragalus, Andrographis & I would often add herbs to support your energy & nervous system while your body is in fight mode.

  • Rest - So critical! Often in our modern way of life we are working 40-80 hours a week, trying to balance, families, finances, our own movement goals and wondering why we are flat with fatigue, have low moods & our immunity is struggling, maybe we should all look at the Island way of life and include a rest day in our lives!

If you feel like you could use some support with your immunity please head to my website & book in for a 15-minute complimentary consultation to see if I can help you.

If nothing else, one of the most important things that the coronavirus may teach us to actually look after ourselves when we are sick, so many of us head to work when we are unwell or are surrounded by people who do this.  Hopefully, this will become more common practice.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Serina Gardner - Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist

Nourishe Natural Health