Immune system

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Micronutrients such as vitamin D, zinc and selenium are monumentally important for our immune function. Modern diets can be micronutrient deficient and most of us in the UK are vitamin D deficient for most of the year, regardless of diet, because vitamin D comes mostly from sunlight. A single complete A to Zinc vitamin and mineral supplement will top up your micronutrient status and provide you with immune infrastructure.

But also remember that…..

Stress paralyses the immune system. If you do not clear simple viral infections quickly and seem to remain unwell with simple infections for longer than you think you should, you need to consider whether stress might be a factor. There are lots of techniques you can use to reduce stress in the long term but there is no silver bullet and learning stress management takes acceptance, time, commitment and focus. Learning mindfulness techniques are invaluable but remember it’s no good trying to sew the parachute as you are jumping out of the plane! These techniques can’t be learned and used in a hurry!

DSCN0894Remember laughter is a wonderful tonic for stress relief and boosts immune function

 

 

 

 

Sleep is another immune booster. Check out thisĀ sleep and immunity article from The Mayo Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Annice Mukherjee, Hormone Consultant & Fatigue Expert