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Boosting Immunity

Enjoy good winter health by boosting your immune system Sudden drops in temperature, bouts of wind and rain and shorter days are all indicators that winter will soon be here. Sadie Hooper looks at how best to stave off winter ills and chills.

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ring on the garlic, the antioxidants and the vitamins! While it is still only autumn, it’s never too soon to start building up reserves, strength and immunity boosters to battle the wave of colds, viruses and flus that are associated with the colder months. General practitioners are already lining up ‘at risk’ patients for a flu injection so now’s a good time to talk to them – or your local pharmacist – about the need for one. That said there are plentiful additional ways of tackling the potential onslaught which can bring down even the healthiest of us. Sometimes all it takes are simple lifestyle and diet tweaks to give your immune system an immediate boost and protect your health now and in the future. WildTomato health columnist and general practitioner Cindy de Villiers says there are several simple ways to improve our resistance to winter colds and flus. “Our grandmothers said to stay warm to prevent colds and they were right. Cold viruses are able to replicate more quickly in body tissues that are cooler. Possibly keeping your nose warm where cold viruses can replicate may be one strategy. Other ways to improve immunity are getting sufficient sleep, managing stress and remaining active.” 42

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