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Ways to Support your Immune System

Things we can do everyday that CAN suppress our immune system’s ability to respond efficiently. Dr. Sarah Hattam shares her top tips to support your immune system.
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SLEEP | Did you know that a lack of sleep is a contributor to a weakened immune response? Some simple tips to improve sleep quality are to ditch the devices before bed, avoid caffeine after mid-afternoon and remember to give yourself time to unwind from the day.
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EXERCISE | Just like a healthy diet, exercise contributes to good health and a healthy immune system. Research shows that physically active adults are almost half as likely to succumb to minor infections in comparison to sedentary adults.
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FOOD | Lots of emphasis is put on Vitamin A, C and E, but it’s important to not forget Vitamin D which supports the immune response to viral infections. However, it is only manufactured in our body when sunlight hits our skin, making it common to be under the recommended 10ug per day. Look to include vitamin D rich food sources within your diet or supplement.
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STRESS | 21st century life is full on, so we know it’s not easy to stress less. But release of stress hormones in our blood can damp down our immune system’s ability to respond effectively to infections. So, don’t forget to keep doing the things that bring you joy.
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