Immune system

November 13, 2017

Painful blisters – is it sunburn or shingles?

It sounds so innocent, but people who’ve suffered from shingles say it can be incredibly painful. And with almost 90% of people at risk, be prepared if it ever comes your way! Shingles can easily be mistaken for sunburn. But it’s a lot more painful than that. Here's how you know if the rash could be shingles: How it is caused The condition is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and it usually attacks people with weak immune systems from injury, stress, illness, certain medication or other reasons. Shingles usually appear in a band, a strip, or a small area on…
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June 11, 2015

3 Vital secrets about flu

Winter is here! Warm clothes, an excuse to wear that scarf, hot chocolate and nights in front of the fire sound really great, and they are! However, it’s also the season when viruses declare war on your immune system. This year we bring you 3 key secrets to preventing and beating the nasty influenza virus. 1. Rest really is the best medicine Do you think rest is for the weak? Guess again! Bedrest is one of the best weapons against the flu. The only way to beat the flu is to let your immune system do all the work. However,…
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Food & nutrition
October 2, 2014

Best vitamin C foods

We know that Vitamin C is good for us – when you think of it, you probably picture a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, half a ruby grapefruit or a fizzy supplement. But there are a plenty of sources of natural Vitamin C that you can eat at any time of the day, and your body will absorb and use as it needs. Here are some you may not even know about. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
May 15, 2014

Can a low-carb diet weaken your immune system?

Carbohydrates have never really had a good reputation. In fact, they seem to be the one food group that people genuinely fear and try to avoid like the plague! But is it a rational fear? Well, that depends which side of the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet fence you sit on. But first, let’s take a closer look at what carbs actually are, how they work in your body, and what kind of balance your body needs to keep a strong immune system as we go into winter. (more…)
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Food & nutritionInfectionsVitamins & Supplements
May 13, 2014

Beat the winter blues! Top 5 ways to boost your immune system

Winter’s just around the corner, and those nasty cold and flu bugs are already making their appearance. So, how can you fight them off? By boosting your immune system! These are my top 5 must-haves to help build immunity against colds and flu this season. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral, and even a slight deficiency can negatively affect your immune function. People most at risk of zinc deficiency include: the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, breastfed babies older than 6 months, vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Supplementing your diet with zinc can help reduce…
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Child HealthParenting
April 13, 2014

Why should I get my child vaccinated?

You may have heard or read that children’s vaccinations are dangerous, or that we can live without them. Or perhaps you just don’t like the idea of your child getting a jab. If this sounds like you, then read on. (more…)
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