Immune System


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Infection is a sign that your immune system has failed to defend you, whether it’s a simple cold or a long-term infection like Ross River Fever. We’re all exposed to viruses and bacteria everyday. However, we only fall ill sometimes (some more often than others), based on the strength of our defences.

The reason for this difference in susceptibility has to do with how strong and effective your immunity is functioning. If your it is robust, then even if you are in a crowd of sick people, you won’t develop symptoms of an infection. On the other hand, if it is struggling then you will get sick more often, and take longer to recover.

Factors that can contribute to the weakening of your immune system include the following:

  • Physiological, psychological and emotional stress
  • Lack of exercise (or too much exercise if you are overtraining)
  • Lack of sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Diet low in fresh fruit, vegetables and lean protein sources
  • Exposure to pollution, cigarette smoke and/or extremely cold weather


The secret to getting sick less often is to build a strong, healthy immune system. Your naturopath can assist you with advice on diet, exercise and natural supplements that are specifically designed to boost immune resistance and reduce the incidence of infection.

If you already have an infection, there are natural medicines that you can use to redue the time that you are sick, and help to prevent it from recurring. Good natural medicines for the system include:


Vitamin C is perhaps the most recognized nutrient associated with immunity and scientific studies have shown it has some very powerful effects. Vitamin C increases the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells; it also inhibits viral growth and reduces the incidence of the common cold.

Vitamin C has been shown to be most effective when given with other nutrients such as nicotinamide, hesperidin and L-cysteine, which enhances its effectiveness.


Zinc is critical for immune function and the production of antibodies, which allow your body to remember previous infections and protect you against them in the future. It has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of colds and sore throats quite considerably.

Your naturopath can test your body’s stores of zinc using a simple taste test. Depending on your test results, they can give you a tableted zinc supplement, a powdered zinc or a special zinc drink to improve your zinc levels quickly and effectively.


It is well known that low iron is a risk factor for poor immunity and your Naturopath may recommend a blood test to check your iron levels. People who have a low iron diet, such as vegetarians, elderly people and some children, may be at risk. Women who lose a lot of blood with their menses may also become deficient. Iron should be in a chelated, that is “highly absorbable” form and must be combined with folate and B12 for best results.

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