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How you can Support your Immune System


A big factor in whether you get sick is the strength of your immune system.


I have put together a list of ways you can naturally support your immune system and number one on my list is stress management.


Managing your stress levels is difficult at the best of times. However, with the coronavirus and other unsettling events taking place, there is a lot of stress and anxiety in the world.


The fact is stress does weaken and suppress the immune system. So, now’s the time to take care of yourself! This may be through a meditation practice, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, get enough sleep and exercise (which is also critical for immune function).


EFT tapping is another great way you can manage your stress levels and the way I keep it all together. You can learn more about tapping here.


Secondly, focus on an anti-inflammatory diet.


Include a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods in your diet. Avoid refined foods, preservatives, additives and hydrogenated fats. Manufactured trans fats found in deep fried or baked goods, margarine as well as seed & vegetable oils.


A few of my favourite immune boosting foods include:


  • Liver pate – very high in Vitamin A and Zinc

  • Garlic and Ginger – antimicrobial and antiviral effects

  • Citrus fruits, berries and dark leafy greens – Vitamin C

  • Fermented foods and Bone Broth– are probiotic rich and support our gut health. Did you know that over 70% of our immune system lies within our gut?

  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Check out my Turmeric Chicken Curry Recipe here

  • Cod liver oil – a great source of Vitamin A and D which is also important for immune function.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or need a bit of help getting back on track with your nutrition I can help. Head over to my services page for more info. You can also book online, I offer face to face sessions and online via video conferencing.

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