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Our immune systems are constantly under fire, so make sure you give yours the best chance this winter by considering the following strategies to naturally enhance your immunity.

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1. Include a probiotic in your diet or fermented foods like kombucha, kefir or sauerkraut.

80% of your immune system is in your gut, so maintaining the healthy bacteria in your gut with these nutrients is vital.

2. Reduce your sugar intake.

Research has shown that sugar consumption compromises your immune system and reduces your immune response for 5 hours.

3. Get some sunshine.

A daily dose of sunshine promotes healthy Vitamin D levels, which is an important contributor to immune function. A quality Vitamin D supplement can assist on the wet and stormy days.

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4. Exercise regularly.

Moderate, regular exercise has been shown to boost immune function, either by flushing bacteria from the lungs, increasing antibody circulation, raising internal body temperature, and/or reducing stress hormones. There is a limit though, as more intense exercise can increase stress hormones and leave you temporarily more vulnerable to infection.

5. Get plenty of sleep.

Lack of sleep can impact your immune system in several ways, one of which being an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which inhibits immune function.

6. Try to reduce the amount of chronic stress in your life.

Again, this is related to the increase in cortisol levels, however, stress also depletes the body of several nutrients. Consider meditation or a hobby you enjoy.

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7. Boost your trace mineral intake.

These include minerals like zinc and selenium. Zinc is well known for shielding us against viral attacks. An easy way to increase these minerals is to switch to natural sea salt.

8. Minimise your exposure to immune-damaging chemicals.

These include things like artificial fragrances in washing liquids and powders, perfumes and cosmetics.

9. Eat meals that are rich in spices like turmeric, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

Eat herbs like coriander, rosemary and thyme. These all help to boost your immune system and most of them are strong antioxidants.

10. Get adjusted!

Studies have shown that the nervous system and immune system are intimately related, and one study showed people under regular chiropractic care have 200% greater immune function than those not under care.