Top 3 Tips for Boosting the Immune System this Winter

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EMMA TARRANT

NUTRITIONIST & FOUNDER OF UNREFINED HEALTH AND WELLNESS

 

It’s finally getting cooler, which means the woollies are pulled out of storage, scarves become a fashion statement again and unfortunately… the tissues come out as colds and flus hit!

Want to keep fighting fit this flu season? Read below for my top 3 tips to boost your immune system this winter.

 

 

1. Build up your gut bugs

It is well known that 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. The trillions of bacteria that live inside our gut protect us from the outside world, and if they are imbalanced or reduced, then they can’t protect us from other pathogens that come out way (multiple colds, flus and viral infections).

Specific strains of probiotics and yeasts are helpful for increasing immune function in the gut. One such strain is saccharomyces boulardii (SB), which is a strain of non-pathogenic yeast that helps fight off pathogens and give the good bugs a chance to thrive. In addition to adding this to your regime, dose up on fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and tempeh as these will provide good bacteria to help your gut thrive and protect your body from harmful pathogens.

 

2. Learn to deal with your stress

Everybody has some level of stress in their lives, and we all know that excessive stress is bad. Although we cannot always stop stresses occurring, we can change the way we perceive and deal with it. Excessive and chronic stress can also deplete nutrient levels, such as water-soluble vitamins like B-complex, magnesium, vitamin C and minerals such as zinc. These are all crucial for immune function and energy production. Try combating your stress by scheduling in some “you time” – this could be a weekly yoga class, a walk with your partner or friend, a weekly bubble bath, breathing or mindfulness exercises – whatever you enjoy! Adequate sleep is also fundamental for a strong immune system. Sometimes also addressing a nutritional deficiency with a practitioner is needed too.

 

3. Catch some rays

Vitamin D within the body works to maintain tolerance and promote protective immunity. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased susceptibility to infection as well as increased autoimmunity. The easiest way to get some vitamin D? Enjoy 10 minutes in the sun, with part of the chest/neck exposed and upper arms/shoulders. Not enough time to get burnt, but just enough time to absorb some beautiful rays and increase your immune system function this winter!

It is well known that 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. The trillions of bacteria that live inside our gut protect us from the outside world, and if they are imbalanced or reduced, then they can’t protect us from other pathogens that come out way (multiple colds, flus and viral infections).

Specific strains of probiotics and yeasts are helpful for increasing immune function in the gut. One such strain is saccharomyces boulardii (SB), which is a strain of non-pathogenic yeast that helps fight off pathogens and give the good bugs a chance to thrive. In addition to adding this to your regime, dose up on fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and tempeh as these will provide good bacteria to help your gut thrive and protect your body from harmful pathogens.

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Kelly Gibson