Springtime Immune Health

Anyone who has allergies or hay fever at this time of year will tell you that immune system problems don’t just go away once the winter is over. Our immune systems are constantly working to defend our bodies against a barrage of foreign invaders. It’s when our bodies go into immune overdrive that we suffer all kinds of symptoms, and springtime is no exception. So start taking action now, in time for the pollen season.

Are you…

  • Eating on the run?
  • Feeling tire more than usual?
  • Achy?
  • Doing too much work, or physical activity?

… then see below

These symptoms mean that you are on your way to compromised immune health.

Take a high potency multi-nutrient supplement, to safeguard nutritional intakes in your diet, if you are eating on the run, or having too many convenience foods.

Eat more nuts and seeds in your diet, which will increase your intakes of important antioxidant minerals; zinc, selenium, manganese and essential fatty acids.

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, especially berries, which are very rich in vitamin C. If you find this impractical or too acidic for your stomach, choose a low-acid vitamin C supplement of at least 500mg daily.

Increase your fibre intakes by taking psyllium – a clogged up digestive system will leave you lacking in energy.

Take time to rest. This is the key to a strong immune system. Have a long soak in the bath, using a spa system (which are relatively cheap) and scented bath products and use CDs or even candles to calm and relax you.

Do you have…

  • Real lack of get up and go?
  • Long term cough or cold – even in the spring/summer?
  • Headaches/achy joints or muscles?
  • Loss of concentration, real tiredness?
  • Feeling of being really ‘under the weather’?

… then see below

These symptoms are synonymous with people whose immune systems have been working overtime a long while.

Medical herbalism is very good for long-term immune stress. Ginseng is a popular remedy, as it helps the body to adapt to long term physical and mental stress.

Eat more nuts and seeds in your diet, which will increase your intakes of important antioxidant minerals; zinc, selenium, manganese and essential fatty acids.

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, especially berries, which are very rich in vitamin C. If you find this impractical or too acidic for your stomach, choose a low-acid vitamin C supplement of at least 500mg daily.

Increase your fibre intakes by taking psyllium – a clogged up digestive system will leave you lacking in energy.

Cut out caffeine and alcohol in your diet and replace them with low/no caffeine teas and coffees, cordials and non-alcoholic wine alternatives (such as presses).

Take a high potency antioxidant formulation, plus a supplement of fish oil and evening primrose oil. This will help to regulate inflammatory reactions in the body made worse by stress.

Extra vitamin C (2000mg daily) can help support both the adrenal gland and general immune function.

Do you…

  • Get inflammation of the nose and eyes?
  • Get itchy mouth, nose, eyes and throat?
  • Get sneezing, clear water nasal discharge?
  • Get headaches in the spring/summer?

…then see below

Echinacea can be used all year round. Use a tincture, or tablets if you are prone to hay fever. This will help to keep your immune system (which is under stress) strong.

These are all classical symptoms of hay fever/allergic rhinitis.

Preliminary clinical research has suggested that it is beneficial to hay fever sufferers.

In an isolated double-blind trial, nettle leaf led to a slight reduction in symptoms of hay fever – including sneezing and itchy eyes.

Homeopathy, which is based on the philosophy of treating ‘like with like’ can suit some people. Look out for remedies which mention ‘pollen’ somewhere in the product name.

Lavender and roman chamomile essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties.

Note: please be diligent and check with your GP to discuss a treatment plan before taking any supplements or remedies.

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