Are you always getting sick in winter? It’s a common scenario, one of the kids comes home from school with a cold and in quick succession the whole family is having their turn in bed with a cough, runny nose and the accompanying fever.
It’s a frustrating pastime being sick: an unproductive and lonely business spending time on the side line while things are ticking along at work and everybody but you is going out and having a good time.
It would be much better if you could avoid getting sick in the first place. It is possible to boost your immune system and not be susceptible to the little incubators or the work air-conditioning or anywhere else that these little bugs that cause poor health and bouts in bed travel and permeate. If required, nutritional supplements are a good tip for how to boost the immune system.
Immunity boosters and cold busters
Certain nutrients are fantastic for boosting the immune system. Vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D all do a great job. It’s not a myth that citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and they have loads of antioxidants to build the immune system and provide some defence.
Zinc empowers your white blood cells so if a bacteria or virus looks for a weakness in your armour then zinc gives white blood cells the muscle to resist. If you want natural sources of zinc then look no further than proteins from meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds.
It’s normal that we spend more time inside over winter. For that reason we miss out on Vitamin D. If you can get some supplements and some sunshine when it’s available, that will surely help. If not IV vitamin therapy can make up for any natural deficiencies.
Good gut health
Good bacteria or probiotics are powerful microorganisms that live in the GI tract and work hard to keep the body in good health. These bacteria have different strains which serve different purposes and fight different bacteria. They not only help to ward off the common cold, they also work against respiratory infections that result from illnesses like colds and influenza. It is worth talking to your doctor about some supplements in the cold and flu season, especially if you’re susceptible to respiratory infection.
You might just be moving too fast and doing too much
For the good of your immune system you should slow down. The human body has a great way of telling us that we’re doing too much and not taking enough time out to rest and recuperate. A stressed and under rested body is always going to be more prone to illness than a body that knows it needs to stop from time to time. Sleep, self care, exercise, good food, meditation and relaxation are all preventative therapies that support the immune system.
For a wholistic approach to medicine and building your immune system contact Dr Peter Dobie. Dr Peter Dobie is an integrative medicine practitioner in Sydney and he has a special interest and experience in treating complex and chronic illnesses. Dr Dobie has surgeries in Bondi and Pymble.