Wouldn’t you love to say “No cold this year!”? The truth is a strong immune system is your best defence again disease.

To prevent colds and flu’s this winter season we recommend getting a step ahead with a game plan to support your immune system.

Build up your resistance by supporting your immune system through healthy eating, exercise, rest and plenty of water. Give yourself an extra boost with targeted natural supplements.

As Benjamin Franklin noted, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Stress less

Stress can leave you susceptible to sickness. Peter Balogh, Naturopath says “Clients often fall ill after overwork or emotional upsets. Managing stress by keeping a sane schedule including relaxation eases immune system strain.”

Exercise waste away

Moving your body flushes toxins through the lymphatics, pumping immune cells to needy areas. Consistent exercise helps to reduce colds. Activity also stimulates the respiratory system to expel mucus and bowels to excrete waste.

Defense downers

When your body’s busy battling toxins like alcohol, cigarettes, chemicals and sugar it has less energy to eliminate infections. Banish bugs by eating fresh foods, drinking filtered water, and washing hands.

Immune armoury

Astragalus. Not only supports immune function, but also improves resistance to stress and enhances vitality and stamina

Elderberry. Enhances immune function and reduces mucus. It is effective against flu strains, reducing the duration and severity. It also combats sinusitis, sore throats, tonsillitis and bronchitis.

Echinacea. Popular as a preventative against colds and flu. It’s safe to take as a daily immune enhancer and may reduce cold symptoms their duration by days.

Garlic contains antibiotic allicin which is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Research reveals garlic prevents and treats colds, coughs, candida and septic wounds.

Vitamin C and Zinc Vitamin C has long been known to ward off infection by supporting the immune system. But when combined with zinc, you get a powerful team of bug fighters.

Probiotics Besides from keeping your gut in good health, probiotics can also help your immunity. Probiotics before bed increase immunity overnight.

Always check the label and follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, and if you have any concerns, consult the team or Naturopath, Peter Balogh, at Go Vita Tanunda.