Is your Immune System Ready for Winter
You can avoid winter colds and lurgies by making sure your immune system is functioning well. Here is a check list for you:
- Are your Vitamin D levels optimal?
- Do you have good Zinc levels?
- Are you eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables?
- Are you exercising regularly?
- Is your weight in the healthy range?
- Is your digestive system functioning well?
- Do you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep?
I f you cannot answer yes to all of the above you should take action before you come down with the latest “bug” doing the rounds. Book an appointment with your local Naturopath, Deb Nye-Chart and get your immune system firing optimally.
Signs of Vitamin D deficiency:
- Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Constantly catching the latest “lurgi”
- Chronically low in Magnesium
- Low mood or depression
- Low thyroid levels
- Auto immune disease
- High blood pressure
Your Doctor can order a simple blood test, 25 hydroxyvitamin or 25 OH D, for you and you may told that anything over 70 nmol/l in summer and 50nmol/l by the end of winter is ok. I would suggest you should aim for a reading of closer to 125 nmol/l based on much recent research into optimum Vitamin D levels. The test may also be measured in ng/ml and you simply multiply ng/ml by 2.5 to convert to nmol/l. The NHS UK and the vit D council of USA are recommending a level of 50-70ng/ml which equates to 125-175 nmol/l.
Those of you with a thyroid disorder, auto immune disease or cancer may have a genetic difference in your Vitamin D receptors that affect your Vitamin D absorption. These groups may need much higher Vitamin D supplementation.
When choosing a Vitamin D supplement ensure it is Vitamin D3 and is suspended in a healthy oil such as an omega 3 or MCT oil, not an omega 6 oil. Most of us are already taking too many omega 6 oils and these contribute to inflammation. Always take your Vitamin D supplement at meal times. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and this means it is best absorbed when taken with fat, ensure your fat is a healthy omega 3 or MCT fat, look out for my blog on choosing the right fats.
If you have any concerns or are confused about Vitamin D levels, book an appointment with our Naturopath, Deb Nye-Chart at Healing Naturally WA. Did you know you can book a short 20 min consultation for acute or specific issues?
Signs of Zinc deficiency:
- Poor immunity
- Food allergies
- Acne or rashes
- Leaky Gut
- Low stomach acid
People with thyroid issues often have zinc deficiency as optimal thyroid function is essential for zinc absorption. Also those with GUT issues will generally be deficient in zinc. You need optimal levels of zinc to make stomach acid and many people over 40 show low stomach acid signs.
Deb can easily check your zinc status with a simple zinc taste test. Book in for an acute appointment to check your zinc status.
Signs of low stomach acid:
- Nausea after eating
Many acid reflux type symptoms are actually due to low stomach acid.
As you can see getting your immune system firing well again involves correcting a number of factors. The overall benefit is immunity from colds and bugs, flus and viruses and improved energy as well as improved brain function, with clearer thinking and better mood.
Book now to see Deb at Healing Naturally WA and get your health back on track to get more out of life.