Sup­port­ing your im­mune sys­tem daily!

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Spring is on its way! It has been a long cold and wet win­ter, with many peo­ple suf­fer­ing from viruses and flu-like symp­toms.

We are all look­ing forward to some warmer weather, sun­shine and vi­ta­min D.

We need to sup­port our im­mune sys­tem through­out the whole year to help fight off the many dif­fer­ent viruses and bac­te­ria we are ex­posed to ev­ery day.

We can do that through whole foods and healthy eat­ing, in­clud­ing plenty of veg­eta­bles of dif­fer­ent colours, some fruit and pro­teins such as deep-sea fish, free-range chicken and red meat. Slow cook­ing with legumes and herbs and veg­eta­bles is a won­der­ful way to nour­ish your body.

Soups are de­li­cious but also im­por­tant for in­creas­ing your in­take of wa­ter, veg­eta­bles and pro­tein. Home­made chicken soup made with a whole chicken and veg­eta­bles is known to shorten the length of colds.

Herbal teas are won­der­ful for sup­port­ing your im­mu­nity as well as keep­ing you hy­drated and cleansing your sys­tem of waste prod­ucts.

Drink­ing fil­tered wa­ter is also needed to help your body func­tion op­ti­mally.

Get­ting enough sleep ev­ery night is also vi­tal and if you do catch a cold or flu, then rest­ing and con­va­lesc­ing is very im­por­tant for a full re­cov­ery.

I think our so­ci­ety has for­got­ten how to con­va­lesce or rest, or don’t see it as nec­es­sary.

But it is im­por­tant be­cause it al­lows our body to fully re­cover from ill­ness and also re­plen­ish its en­ergy and vi­tal­ity after be­ing un­well.

Your di­ges­tive health is very im­por­tant be­cause a large per­cent­age of your im­mune sys­tem is in your gut. So hav­ing a healthy mi­cro­biome is vi­tal to a healthy im­mune sys­tem.

An­tibi­otics, the pill and many med­i­ca­tions af­fect the health of your gut, as does gas­tro or food poi­son­ing.

There are many dif­fer­ent strains of pro­bi­otics for many dif­fer­ent health con­di­tions.

It is im­por­tant to dis­cuss your health con­cerns with a health pro­fes­sional such as a natur­opath so you get the most ef­fec­tive and po­tent pro­bi­otic.

As we look to­wards spring and the warmer months, it can mean hayfever and al­ler­gies for many peo­ple.

Again, there are pro­bi­otics that can help deal with the cause of your allergy rather than just treat­ing the symp­toms. Treat­ing the symp­toms with herbal medicine is im­por­tant, but treat­ing the cause is es­sen­tial so you can re­bal­ance your im­mune sys­tem and pre­vent it from over-re­act­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment.

If you would like to dis­cuss your health con­cerns in a con­sul­ta­tion then please phone my clinic.

I have just re­for­mu­lated my or­ganic Tea for Health ‘Im­muni-tea’ and added olive leaf as it is a won­der­ful an­tiox­i­dant and helps sup­port healthy im­mune func­tion. Other herbs in­clude echi­nacea root, rose hips, pep­per­mint and ginger to name a few.

It is de­li­cious and you can add honey if you need to soothe a sore throat or like your tea sweet.

Sup­port your im­mune sys­tem daily by sim­ply eat­ing healthy food, ex­er­cis­ing, get­ting enough sleep and adding herbal teas to your rou­tine!

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