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Optimise your natural immune defence


Simple Tips to help optimise your natural immune defence

(for more detailed information, please see below

a link to a series of short videos)

  • Sleep – this is number one in my books – and research shows that a lack of good sleep weakens your immune system. Try to get regular 7-9 hours night sleep

  • Fresh air (and sunshine, as available) – for oxygenation, stress reduction, vitamin D3 production (summer months)

  • Laughter and fun – for stress reduction. Stress hormones can imbalance and reduce our immune responses

  • Avoid sugar excess, processed foods and alcohol, as they all can affect negatively the immune system

  • Avoid excessive amounts of starches (especially wheat-based) and dairy (especially cow's milk dairy) as they are mucus-forming

  • Eat “a rainbow” every day – for antioxidants, vitamins and minerals

  • Keep well hydrated – for good lymphatic flow and detoxification (the lymphatic circulation takes white blood cells where they are needed in the body); have 1.5-2 litres of total daily fluid, mainly as filtered water and herbal teas

  • Avoid getting cold. Warm up with exercise, a hot bath or a sauna (if not contraindicated)

  • Use warming and protective herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, liquorice (not the sweet), cardamom, ginger, horseradish, chilli, garlic, onion, thyme, yarrow

  • With the help of a qualified practitioner, check for individual specific needs (and potential interactions with medication) of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that support a good and balanced immune response, in particular: vitamin D3 (ideally check levels first), vitamin C, zinc, beta-glucans and herbs like Andrographis

  • And, of course, wash your hands - to avoid high microorganism load

Watch these videos from the College of Naturopathic Medicine:

- What you need to know about the Corona virus

- Preventative measures

- If you become infected

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