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Following on from our Low Immunity and Supporting Immunity series, we hope that you feel empowered with an understanding about how to comprehensively and holistically reduce your risk of infection in the first place, and support yourself if and when you have an infection. Now, we are shifting our focus towards how best to support ourselves post-infection since this is often characterised by symptoms which have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.
We often under-estimate the importance of supporting our immunity until we fall ill, and also how long it can take to recover until we experience lingering symptoms following an infection. Recovery from an infection ‘normally’ lasts one to two weeks. For some, however, this recovery process can last months, even years, characterised by prolonged post-infection symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, and loose bowel movements. So, why do some individuals experience this prolonged recovery period, and others do not?
Identifying the underlying drivers of lingering post-infection symptoms, and how they can go on to affect our physical and mental health, facilitates implementation of tailored nutrition and lifestyle interventions which have the most chance of helping individuals to feel better. This is important now more than ever given the emerging problem of ‘post-viral fatigue/ syndrome.’
Over the next few blogs, we will delve into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind these prolonged post-infection symptoms, focusing on three integral areas: energy, cognitive health, and digestion.
In the first instalment of our Immunity Series, we explored the various factors which can increase our risk of low immunity, with a view to you learning how to nourish your immune system at a deep level. Moving forward, we want to empower you with an understanding of the nutrition and lifestyle ‘tools’ which you can use to support your immunity in day-to-day life.
As the days get shorter and darker, many of us are feeling emotionally fatigued at the prospect of more challenging months ahead with the pandemic. If you feel the same, we’re keen to fill you with fresh inspiration about how you can support your immune system, and overall health and wellbeing, over the coming months.
With winter fast approaching, the reduction in daily sunlight exposure, and the higher risk of infection during these cooler months, it is essential that we work towards optimising our vitamin D status.
Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins which we can make ourselves. However, the process of making vitamin D is highly complicated and prone to error. The bare minimum requirement for adequate vitamin D synthesis is sufficient daily exposure of our skin to sunlight. It therefore comes as no surprise that 25% of the UK population may be deficient, especially when you consider that we live in the northern hemisphere with heavily indoors-based lifestyles, particularly during the year 2020! It is therefore vital that we increase our daily intake of vitamin D over these cooler months to mitigate for our reduced ability to make enough of this nutrient at this time of the year. Read on to find out why you need vitamin D and the best ways to increase your intake of it.
Our Clinical Nutrition team have shared this tasty immune smoothie recipe which includes our favourite supplement - Immune Intensive.
The year 2020 has truly highlighted the importance of a strong immune system. With children and students back at school and university, the colder months fast approaching, and the impending second wave in many parts of the world, it is more important than ever that our immune system is well-supported.
"The right raw materials can double or triple the protective power of the immune system” Joel Fuhrman
Our immune system is highly nutrient-demanding. For the immune system to function optimally, it needs to be nourished on a daily basis with a wide range of nutrients, not least vitamin A, C, D, and zinc. It then needs to be further supported by a diverse and abundant gut microbiome which requires a good daily intake of prebiotic fibre and live bacteria. Read on to learn about our top supplements to support the immune system, as recommended by all of us on the Clinical Nutrition team.
Many moments in history have turned the world upside down and changed the way we live, work, behave, and think. The year 2020 is one of them. Our thoughts and actions today will have an influence on whether this year makes or breaks us as a global community, and how it is remembered by future generations. While some have rejoiced in the idea of working from the comfort of their home and continued to work relatively as normal, others have been severely affected financially, physically, and/or mentally. There is no doubt that the current pandemic has affected us all, in one way or another.
As we enter this new phase of trying to go back to work and back to school, we are also avidly following the latest news updates and many of us are growing concerned about what the future holds. Now is an opportune time to reflect on how we have been doing so far during this pandemic, how we can best support ourselves moving forwards, and how we can grow through this experience, stronger and wiser.
It’s that time of year again! Children are back to school and we all know that this means parents are on high alert for the infections which they might bring home, now so more than ever. On top of this, many of us are also preparing to return to the workplace which, for many, is adding to the existing anxiety about how best to support their immunity.
The immune system is instrumental to our health through its role in protecting us against common viral and bacterial pathogens. Rest assured, there is a lot that we can do through nutrition and lifestyle to improve the resilience of our immune system. Read on to learn about the top nutrients needed to strengthen the immune system to help you feel empowered with your self-care as we try to adapt to this new normal.
Read our A-Z guide of key nutrients to consider to support a healthy immune response.
Are you expecting a new arrival in the family? Or have you recently given birth and want to give your baby the best start in life? One of the best things you can do is to look after the 4.4 trillion of bacteria that live in their gut!
Let’s find out how probiotics can
support your baby’s immune system, digestion and development from birth and
Do you get concerned around those times of the year when the prevalence of infections is high ? Are you an older individual, or perhaps have a friend or family member who is more at risk?
Fear not! In this blog we focus on the older population, highlighting factors that increase their risk, and what can be done to help support their overall health and immunity. Whether it is yourself, or a loved one, there are so many areas that can proactively be addressed to help increase immunity.