Updated: Nov 19
The immune system is the body’s natural defence against infectious organisms. During their early years, children’s immune system is growing and developing, as they are exposed to numerous different types of infection for the first time. The winter season is particularly hard on the immune system, and every year more people look for natural ways to maintain their health throughout this period.
70% of our immune system is formed by cells in our gut, so the health of our gut has a huge impact on the health of the rest of the body. Our intestinal immune system – supported by the microbiome (good bacteria) – encounters more ‘baddies’ and protects us from more illnesses than any other part of the body.
How to keep a strong Immune System:
Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables – ideally organic
Maintain a healthy weight
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
Get adequate sleep
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently
Try to minimise stress
The nutrients that contribute to a healthy immune system are:
Vitamins A, C and D – with C and D also contributing to a reduction in tiredness & fatigue.
The Minerals Zinc, Copper and Selenium.
Are supplements necessary?
Modern lifestyles and changing diets have impacted the nutrients we get from food. Intensive farming has lowered the nutrients found in our everyday foods. The good bacteria which live in the microbiome can be killed off by many aspects of a modern lifestyle, including antibiotics, the Pill and HRT, digestive issues and stress. That is why we recommend supporting your immune system with beneficial nutrients taken in the form of food supplements.
Our recommended products, suitable for vegans and vegetarians are:
Natures Aid® Mini Drops Immune Plus: includes Elderberry extract (3 months to 5 years) See product here
Natures Aid® Kidz Immune Support: includes Elderberry extract (6 to 12 years) See product here
Children’s products are all free from sugar, artificial flavours and colours.
Natures Aid® Beta Glucans Immune Support + : includes Elderberry extract, Garlic and Beta Glucan (adults) See product here
Natures Aid® Pro-defend: Combines 10 billion good bacteria with zinc & vitamin D to support the immune system (from age 10 years). See product here
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Written by Helga Tonna
Helga Tonna is the Marketing Executive of MK Pharma. She has a special interest in nutritional health having worked in the sector for over 12 years.