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Need an immune boost?

Have you been feeling a sore throat or a little sniffle coming on?

Dina Savitz Naturopath

This sudden change in temperature can give your body a bit of a shock…which may cause your immune system to drop a little and give you its *warning signs* of a cold or flu developing.

One of the best ways to stop you feeling worse is to protect and boost your immune system.

You’re probably familiar with garlic as a natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal (for more, read here)

But did you know that including foods high in zinc may also be beneficial for boosting immunity?

Zinc plays a role in many immune system reactions in your body and has been shown to inhibit the growth of several viruses, which are the cause of the common cold.

Foods such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, herring, oysters, egg yolks and capsicum all contain zinc.

It’s important to know that zinc is excreted at a higher amount in people who sweat a lot. (Research in this area looks at athletes – but if you’re exercising daily, and sweating – it’s likely you’re excreting zinc at a higher rate too!)

Zinc can be taken in various forms as a supplement – but I’m a big fan of using food as medicine – so increase your intake of pumpkin seeds and one of my favourite foods – herring – and you’ll be doing your immune system a big favour!

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