At this time of year when the weather is changing, it's important to make sure your immune system is functioning at its best! There are so many easy ways to boost your immunity including increasing your daily fruit and vegetable intake! I recommend focusing on foods such as spinach, berries, mushrooms and carrots which all support a healthy immune system. A great way I find to combine these superfoods is by making a green smoothie. It's a nutritious way to start your morning and they taste great too! Alternatively you could take natural supplements, as recommended by our Nourished Life Naturopath Melanie Ruckley. Supplements are a fantastic and quick way to stay healthy no matter the weather!
Is there a link between gut health and immunity?
Did you know that 70% of our immune system is found in the gut?1 Your digestive tract's immune system is called the gut associated lymphoid tissues (GALT). This is responsible for teaching your immune cells which bacteria to fight off. As a healthy gut relies on both good and bad bacteria to function optimally, it's important to have a balance. The best way to achieve this balance? By making sure to consume enough probiotics in your diet! Your immunity relies on this good bacteria to know when to attack the bad bacteria.
Which supplements does our naturopath recommend?
Comvita Natural Olive Leaf Immune Defence Capsules
The Comvita Natural Olive Leaf Immune Defence Capsules $49.95, are packed full of Olive Leaf and Vitamin C. These antioxidant rich ingredients are used traditionally to support the immune system and as an antioxidant agent as well as being traditionally used to ease fevers, and for the relief of the symptoms of the common cold and sore throats. It's recommended that adults take two capsules daily with food.
Always read the label and use only as directed. For adult use only. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.
Containing a blend of immune boosting herbs, the Kiwiherb Immuneguard $24.90, is ideal for helping keep healthy during the Winter months. Filled with organic ingredients including Manuka Honey, Peppermint and Liquorice, this effective supplement may help work to maintain a healthy immune function. It's recommended that adults take 10ml daily.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Contains ethanol. Contains sugars as honey. Not suitable for infants under the age of twelve months.
To prevent the common cold and treat upper respiratory tract infections, the Kiwiherb Echinature $23.95, may be the perfect choice! This highly potent blend of Echinacea purpurea and organic Manuka Honey is very soothing, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, and has been traditionally used in herbal medicine to support the immune system and relieve symptoms of mild infection.
Always read the label and use only as directed. Not to be used in children under two years of age without medical advice and not suitable for infants under the age of twelve months.
Contains ethanol. Contains honey and apple juice concentrate as sugars. If symptoms persist please consult your healthcare professional.
Solutions 4 Health Oil of Wild Oregano
The Solutions 4 Health Oil of Wild Oregano $39.95,is ideal for the temporary relief of rheumatic pain and treatment of fungal infection by topical application. This tonic for general health may also help the immune system. Made using cold pressed virgin Olive oil and wild Oregano oil, this highly concentrated formula is antioxidant rich and can also be used for improved digestion and circulation. It's recommended that adults take a few drops daily.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Not to be used in children under two years of age without medical advice.