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Winter and our Immunity

Despite the ‘Indian summer’ that we have been experiencing lately, the cold days of winter will soon be upon us and unfortunately for many of us, so too will the unwelcome effects that this time of the year can have on our health.

Why do we suffer these general winter ailments in the first place? For some of us, there are opportunistic viruses that are contracted when we are suffering from something else. The reason for this is because our immune system has been weakened due to it trying to fight off the first ailment, and is not able to resist the onslaught of the second.

Many things can cause the lowering of our immune system. Stress and tiredness caused by lack of sleep over day to day worries weakens our immune system and therefore reduces the body’s ability to fight off winter illnesses.

So what can help build our resistance?

Making sure that we are mindful of good hygiene practice can assist to avoid the ‘lurgy’ at this time of the year. Many viruses are spread by touch so if we are in physical contact with people during our working day it is important to wash hands regularly and resist touching our nose and face.

Airborne viruses are harder to avoid, particularly in environments where we are surrounded by people such as the train or office where the heating/air-conditioning systems simply circulate viruses around and around.

A lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and a balance diet will boost our immunity and is overall much better than a high fat diet and sedentary lifestyle. However even with the best diet and a relatively stress free life, all of us will at some stage catch a cold or the flu.

Whilst antibiotics are ineffectual in dealing with many winter ailments, there are many Homeopathic remedies which can help to alleviate some of the more irritating and annoying symptoms of winter viruses whilst at the same time strengthening the overall immunity.

Homeopathic remedies are individually prescribed depending on your total symptom picture, are free from side effects, and are safe and effective for people of all ages and all stages of life.

If you are interested in finding our more about how Homeopathy

assist you and your family during the coming colder months, please contact Sharon either on 0409 381 128 or via email

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