How do you boost your immunity?  It is so critical especially at this time of year to ensure we don’t catch every infection going around.  

I really do believe that good immunity starts with the gut and we should do everything we can to ensure that we are populated with the ‘good guys’ – the good bacteria that is. We are a nation depleted in good gut bacteria. Most people are aware of the importance of replacing probiotics if – god forbid – it’s been essential to take antibiotics, but in addition to eating a nutrient rich diet we should consider boosting immunity with Goats Milk Kefir.  It has a high probiotic value and it’s a medicinal food made the traditional way and you get dozens of beneficial micro-organisms. It can help with digestive problems, obesity and of course it helps to boost immunity.

 

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Symprove

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Symprove live and activated bacteria has a Unique Delivery System (UDS) to ensure bacteria quickly reach targeted areas of the gut.  The four unique strains of bacteria in Symprove work together to ensure they THRIVE in the intestines and targeted areas of your gut quickly and effectively.  It is a non-dairy, gluten free, water-based drink which is gentle on the gut It comes in two flavours:  Original and Mango and Passion Fruit.

Check out the 12 week programme at: www.symprove.com

 

Living Nutrition Ashwagandha Alive

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Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen helping the body to cope more effectively with everyday stresses, it can also be beneficial and aid a good night’s sleep. It’s traditionally used for its nervous system, hormonal and immune support and is known as “Indian Ginseng” and is a popular herb in ayurvedic practice.

The Kefir-Kombucha fermentation process creating this product ensures the whole plant is enhanced by improving bioavailability and providing natural enzymes.

www.livingnutrition.co.uk

 

True Veda Organic Amla Vitamin C

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Amla is a sour-tasting gooseberry-like fruit that originates in India and contains a very high concentration of vitamin C, one of the highest known in the plant kingdom – twenty times that of an orange!

The vitamin C contained in the Amla fruit is stabilized by the presence of tannins, which help Amla to maintain its vitamin content even through processing. The world’s first non-synthetic supplement to give you 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirements in the most natural form.

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For Kids go for Viridian’s Synbiotic Children’s Powder, an expert vegan, dairy free formulation for good gut bacteria, it also features buffered Vitamin C, beneficial for the function of bones, cartilage, skin, gums, teeth and immunity. It tastes pleasant enough so kids will take it and can be added to drinks or mixed into cold foods.

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www.viridian-nutrition.com

 

Rainforest Honey Active 10+ With Lemon

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A delicious active honey derived from Chile that helps support the local Mapuche people. This great tasting honey has the additions of lemon and Vitamin D for an extra taste and health boost.

Honey is a great natural antibacterial and is a perfect remedy for colds, sore throats, and to boost immunity. This honey is naturally active graded 10+ strength, and each batch is independently tested with 2 teaspoons providing 50% NRV of Vitamin D. It tastes great and is a great price too!

www.lifeplan.co.uk

 

I’m SO ‘anti the antibacterials’ that I also avoid antibacterial hand washes; (it’s easy to make your own using a little castile soap with a few drops of Eucalyptus or Tea tree oil added).  For cleaning, ditch the chemicals and opt for totally natural cleaning products such as the traditional balms and the great multi-surface spray from Mangle and Wringer.

 

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It’s well documented that we have a northern hemisphere epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency and it’s almost impossible to get the amounts we need from sunshine during the winter so I’d highly recommend an oral supplement, the BetterYou Dlux 3000 spray is a great choice. On the go convenience in just one spray per day, with no artificial sweeteners, flavourings or colours.

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www.betteryou.com

 

One of the best immune boosters is Live Wheatgrass  – I consider it my health insurance. Pop one of the frozen shots into a green smoothie and you will be ‘powered up’ for the season.

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www.livewheatgrass.co.uk

100% Pure MCT Energy

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MCT, shortened from Medium Chain Triglycerides, are a unique form of saturated fatty acids that have numerous benefits for general health and wellbeing. A great natural source of energy and metabolism boosting, beneficial for people with digestive and metabolic issues, and containing potent levels of Lauric acid which is known to strengthen the immune system and support optimal health.

TIANA is the best and the most powerful energy source because it contains 100% MCT and no LCT Long Chain Triglycerides, which will not provide you with health benefits..

Use as part of a healthy and balanced diet lifestyle, take 2 teaspoons (10g) daily with your meal or following your meal. Can be mixed with coffee, smoothies, fruit juices, skimmed milk, yogurt, dressings, other beverages and foods.

Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in lauric acid; one of the main components of breast milk and so is great for immunity. It’s also made up of caprylic acid, a fatty fat, which contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to boost the immune system. The absolute best is Raw Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil and just a spoonful a day can have a great effect on your overall health, use in nutritional drinks, in porridge, in cooking or straight from the spoon!

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www.tiana-coconut.com

 

Laugh a lot!

It’s proven the happier you are, the better your immunity,  make sure you have masses of cuddles and fun, hole up on a freezing cold day with a family hilarious comedy movie – laughter is the best medicine!

 

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Click HERE for a selection of my favourite tips and recipes to keep you and your family well this winter.