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Top 5 Must-Dos for Boosting Immunity

It’s cold and flu season. But, did you know that there are several simple steps that you can take to boost your immunity?

By Kelli KieselbachWednesday 12 Jul 2023LifestyleReading Time: 2 minutes

It’s well and truly cold and flu season and not many of us will escape free from one of the many winter bugs going around.

But, did you know that there are several simple steps that you can take to boost your immunity? Take note of the following tips and reduce your risk of being knocked flat by another nasty virus this season.

Below are my top five must-dos for building your resilience this winter.

1. Get adequate sleep

Sleep is vital for a robust defence system. While you sleep your body is busy producing chemicals that are involved in warding off infections. Sleep deprivation, aside from its other detrimental effects, will increase the chance of picking up a cold or flu and will most likely slow your recovery.

2. Moderate exercise

While over-exercising may not be the best for our immunity, regular moderate exercise has been shown to aid in fighting off bugs and viruses. Do your best to keep moving despite the wintry weather.

3. Consume a whole-food diet

A whole-food diet includes foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. These types of foods tend to be rich in nutrients and antioxidants which are required for optimal immune function. Make sure you include regular protein (fish, legumes, meat, chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds) along with plenty of colourful fresh vegetables.

4. Manage stress

Stress, especially if persistent, is known to have a detrimental effect on our immune state. Avoiding stress is not always possible, however, managing stress through relaxation techniques, rest, laughter and selfcare are all important strategies for reducing the impact of stress on your immune system.

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5. Avoid sugars and processed foods

Diets high in refined sugar suppress the immune system by impairing the function of the immune cells. As well as this a processed and high-sugar diet is depleted in nutrients required for a good defence system and crowds out space where other nutrient-dense foods should be.

Still getting sick?

Some of you may find that despite implementing the above strategies you are still prone to frequent or lingering infections. Nutritional deficiencies, severe, long-term stress, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances and pre-existing conditions might be contributing to low immune function. In this case, further assessment and support using herbal and nutritional medicines may be useful for both preventing illness and assisting recovery.


Article supplied with thanks to Kelli Kieselbach.

About the Author: Kelli Kieselbach is a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a passion for a holistic and natural approach to health and wellbeing. She also works to educate Christian ministry leaders in self care and avoiding burnout.

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