Introducing Bio-Botanical Research

May 17 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Immunity and allergy treatment

We have had the pleasure of working with Medical Research Consultant Corene Humphreys before, when she introduced us to the Clinicians Multiflora probiotic.  You can watch the interview I did with her on this product here.

Today I want to tell you about Bio-Botanical Research Inc. and the 2 products Corene has introduced to us and allowed us to make available to you, from this Practitioner Only Range – Biocidin Throat Spray and Olivirex capsules.

So Who are Bio-Botanical Research?

Recognized leader in the field of natural medicine.

Bio-Botanical Research, Inc. was founded in 1987 in response to the needs of physicians addressing opportunistic infections. The following year, Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories (now Genova) was sent a sample of Biocidin® by a physician and had it tested for sensitivity against bacteria and yeast species.

They found that Biocidin® was “the most powerful inhibitor of pathogenic organisms” that they had tested, and that it was “equal or more effective than traditional therapies”.

They began to refer physicians, and soon many practitioners across the country were reporting outstanding clinical results.

Leaders in the field of Natural Medicine


A microbe is anything too small to be seen by the naked eye, such as bacteria or a virus

In response to health care practitioners’ continued request for effective solutions to address problems associated with intestinal ecology, immune system disregulation and detoxification, a selection of companion products were developed. Today, over 27 years later, Bio-Botanical Research, Inc. is recognized as a leader in the field of natural medicine.

Founded by Doctor Rachel Fresco

Founding director Dr. Rachel Fresco L. Ac., Ph. D. continues to use her extensive background in medical herbology, functional medicine and clinical nutrition to develop innovative specialty products for health professional use. Dr. Fresco is a popular speaker on the topic of biofilms, microbiome balance, and systemic microbial challenges.

Product Quality and Manufacturing at Bio-Botanical Research

Our products are formulated by and are designed for health professionals. All botanicals used in our formulations are of the highest USP grade quality, are tested for purity, and come with Certificates of Analysis. There are no synthetic fillers or additives used, and all products are hypo-allergenic and are free of artificial flavors and colorings. Vegi-caps are used rather than gelatin capsules in manufacturing all encapsulated products.

Our manufacturing facilities are federally and state licensed to produce nutritional supplements and are certified to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s).

Product testing using American Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) methods are standard operating procedure. Independent laboratories are used to test for effectiveness and all products are tested in clinical usage by physicians before being added to our product line.

So what are the two products from Bio-Botanical Research?

Bio-Botanical Research BioCidin TS (Throat Spray).  This herbal Throat Spray is indispensable for anyone prone to throat issues, including singers and speakers.  I have tried this spray myself, for the swollen lymphatic problems I get in my throat and noticed a difference the moment I sprayed it on the problematic area.   Not only did the area feel more soothed, I noticed the irritation felt more relieved and the more I used it, the better it felt.  I liked the concept of being able to Spray the herbal ingredients directly onto the problem area, for an immediate effect.  I will definitely continue to use this product as one of my first courses of action, for my throat and lymphatic problems.

Bio-Botanical Research Olivirex Capsules.   Highest potency olive leaf extract available. Olivirex is a synergistic blend of herbal botanicals to assist detoxification. Combining standardised olive leaf extract with a synergistic blend to enhance the broad spectrum qualities of olive leaf. Extracts of Milk Thistle, Dandelion and Uva Ursi assist in elimination via the drainage pathways.  Cordyceps, American Ginseng and Morinda help to stimulate immune response and strengthen the body’s ability to maintain health. Use with Biocidin Throat Spray for seasonal wellness.


So if your immunity is low, you are ailed with reoccurring problems in your throat or pharnyx, if you rely on your voice for your job (a singer or speaker) or have a systemic problem with pathogens that you cant get on top of and if you want to use a powerful, unique 100% natural and herbal Immunity Combination, then give Bio-Botanical Research products a try.


Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health


Vitamin D May Alleviate Period Pain

May 12 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health food nutrition, Health product reviews, Healthy eating, Healthy lifestyle

I read with interest a review written by Amber Tovey, from the Vitamin D Council, about how women with low levels of Vitamin D may be more prone to experiencing painful periods.

She was referring to a report done by researchers this year which concluded that a weekly high dose (50 000 IU) of oral Vitamin D supplementation for eight weeks in patients with primary dysmenorrhea and Vitamin D deficiency, could improve pain intensity.

She tells us that Dysmenorrhea or Painful Menstrual Cramps affect up to 90% of women who are of reproductive age.

period pain

90% of women of reproductive age have experienced Dysmenorrhea or Period cramps

She reports “Painful cramps begin to occur after the uterus produces high amounts of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause the uterine muscles to contract and help the uterus shed the lining. Excessive amounts of prostaglandins can cause the uterus to contract too strongly or too frequently, leading to pain. Therefore, most primary dysmenorrhea medications aim to suppress prostaglandin synthesis. These medications include contraceptives and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).”

Since past research has found that vitamin D reduces the production of prostaglandins, researchers recently conducted a study to evaluate the effects of vitamin D supplementation on primary dysmenorrhea in women with vitamin D deficiency.

The researchers enrolled sixty women with primary dysmenorrhea aged 18-30 years, having at least four recent consecutive painful menstrual cycles during the past six months and low vitamin D status
(< 30 ng/ml). Women were excluded if they had taken contraceptives within the past two months, since contraceptives would affect the pain severity caused by dysmenorrhea.

Divided into 2 groups, half of the group were given 50,000IU of Vitamin D a week for 8 weeks and the other half, a placebo.

These were the results of the study

  • A total of 50 out of the 60 women completed the study. Among the 50 women, 31 had severe vitamin D deficiency (< 10 ng/ml) and 19 had moderate vitamin D deficiency (10-19 ng/ml).
  • Baseline characteristics were not significantly different between the treatment and placebo groups.
  • After two months of treatment, vitamin D status significantly increased in the treatment group from a mean of 9.7 ng/ml to 55.4 ng/ml; whereas the vitamin D status of the placebo group did not significantly increase.
  • At baseline, in the vitamin D group, pain was mild in 3 patients (13%), moderate in 16 patients (69.6%) and severe in 4 patients (17.4%). After treatment, 95.7% of patients had mild pain, 1 (4.3%) had moderate pain and none of them had severe pain (p < 0.001).
  • Pain intensity reduced significantly in the vitamin D group after 8 weeks of treatment and one month after the end of treatment (p < 0.001).
  • The number of NSAID used by the patients was not significantly different between the two groups at baseline. At the end of treatment, the number of tablets used by the women in the vitamin D group decreased significantly, and there was a significant difference between the two groups (p < 0.001).

Amber tells us the researchers concluded

Based on the study findings, it seems that Vitamin D supplementation with a weekly dose of 50,000 IU for eight weeks could improve pain intensity and decrease the need for using NSAID in patients with primary dysmenorrhea and Vitamin D deficiency.”

While the study presents promising results, the small sample size and the short duration of treatment limited the study’s findings. Therefore, further randomized controlled clinical trials with greater sample size, longer duration and daily dosing of vitamin D are needed to confirm the efficacy of vitamin D for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.

However, if you have dysmenorrhea, take at least 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D3. Heavier women may need 10,000 IU/day.

In New Zealand, we are limited to 1000IU of Vitamin D per tablet/capsule, in an over the counter product.  This means you need to take a minimum of 5 x 1000IU tablets a day to get this dosage.  As well as this and as the study reports, most of the women were very deficient in Vitamin D, so a much higher dosage may be needed initially to ” top up” deficient levels, before results are obtained.

You can view our Vitamin D supplements here

You can request a Vitamin D blood test, which will cost around $50.  You can go directly to Labtests here in New Zealand and request this test yourself, or alternatively, ask your GP to organise this test for you (they will still charge you for this blood test). Your GP can prescribe you 50,000IU tablets, often taken at a dosage of once a week in very deficient people and once a month in others.  A dosage like this should really help to boost deficient Vitamin D level in the body, so then a dosage of just the 1000IU could maintain this  level.

Vitamin D is synthesized by the action of Sunlight on the skin, however if relying on this source, you need to read this blurb I have previously written on Vitamin D from sunlight.  This blurb also provides a link to more info I have written on Vitamin D.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin D include:

Fish liver oils – cod, halibut, herring, tuna, butter, egg yolks, milk and sprouted seeds.

Henry Osiecki tells us that Factors that increase the demand for Vitamin D include:

Those who drink alcohol, have bile problems, cancer, Crohns disease, cystic fibrosis, darked skinned people, the elderly, those with hypoparathyroidism, intestinal disorders, insulin dependent diabetes, kidney disorders, lack of exposure to the sun, in lactation, those with liver disease, multiple sclerosis, obesity, pancreatic disease, during pregnancy, in those with rickets, schizophrenia, in smog exposure, those with ulcerative colitis, those who use anti convulsants (eg phenytoin and phenobarbitol), steroid medication and Vegetarians.

oily fish

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Afternoon Pick Me Up

We (at Ideal Health)  find it easy to talk ourselves into having a 2nd coffee in the afternoon, as a pick me up.

Yesterday I made this drink instead and it really was very satisfying and it certainly “did it for me”.

This is how I made it:

Leanne's Afternoon Pick Me Up Drink

Leanne’s Afternoon
Pick Me Up Drink

2 tsp of Radiance Berry Greens Powder
2 tsp Radiance Coconut Water powder
4 tsp Whole Organic Chia seeds

400ml of water

Mix together in the morning, give it a really good stir and put in the refrigerator.  Stir every time you think about it (probably a good 4 times before the afternoon and particularly within the first hour)

If you like this thicker, then add an extra 1 tsp of Chia seeds.

I personally like the texture and feel of the chia seeds in my mouth when I drink this drink, but some people may not.

I loved this mixture, as not only does it taste yummy, I am getting a complex and varied assortment of nutrients (especially electrolytes from the coconut water and the berries) and antioxidants, in a novelty way to consume them.  It is sweetened with Stevia, so is low in carbohydrates and hence sugars and is flavoured with a natural strawberry flavour.

These are the 3 things i added, plus water

These are the 3 things I added, plus water

Whats your favourite Afternoon Pick Me Up?

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Help for Indigestion

April 23 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Natural health information, Natural health supplements

Most of us have experienced some form of indigestion before.  Personally I find the older I get, the more easily I can experience some kind of gastric problem after eating food.  Whether this be actual acid reflux, pain in my abdomen,  a heavy tight, bloated feeling, gall bladder twinges (usually felt on the right side, below the breast, under the rib cage), excessive gas or an urgency to rush to the toilet after eating.  digestive pain

There are many reasons why we can experience symptoms of indigestion.
Some of the most common include:

  • You could have eaten your meal too quickly and not chewed your food adequately (there are only teeth in our mouth.  They are no where else in our digestive system so we need to chew things up well before swallowing).  You may notice when you have a bowel motion, food is still recognisable & either partially or undigested.
  • You could have eaten when you are stressed.  This could affect the amount of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes that are released by the digestive organs, preventing foods from being broken down adequately.  This could result in a heavy feeling after eating, like the food is remaining in your stomach and not moving through your digestive system.
  • Drinking too much liquid at the same time as eating your meal or food.  This can dilute hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes, preventing food from being broken down properly.
  • You may not release adequate digestive enzymes from your digestive organs, so may not break your food down adequately.  A common symptoms of this is gas (a fermentation of the food eaten)
  • Dehydration can cause a “pooling” of the hydrochloric acid and when there is an excess amount of this, you can experience a “spill over” and hence the feeling of acid in your throat and mouth.  If this happens, drinking a large amount of water (say 1 litre) can dilute it and temporarily relieve the symptom.
  • You may have been on a course of antibiotics or some other medication that has affected the balance of good bacteria in your gastro intestinal tract.  This can cause your intestinal tract to feel inflammed or irritated.  Due to this lack of good bacteria you may experience gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and an irritated burning sensation around your anus (some people think they have worms)
  • Your diet may be too high in fatty foods, sugar, alcohol and processed foods.  Your digestive organs may have trouble releasing adequate enzymes, bile and hydrochloric acid to break these down adequately, before they start to ferment and putrefy in the gastro-intestinal tract.  The result can include most of the symptoms I have mentioned above.

Having good digestion is really important

Your intestine is where you absorb the nutrients from the food you have eaten.  Anything you can do to help this process, you will benefit from and hence reduce the possibility of symptoms of indigestion.

To improve digestion, I suggest:enzymes

Taking a digestive enzyme at each main meal.  This will “top up” vital enzymes your digestive organs may not make in adequate amounts or efficiently enough.   We love the Enzyme Specialist range of enzymes by Enzymedica. Enzymedica products are vegan and kosher and cover all aspects of digestion.  They contain some of the most comprehensive combinations of enzymes we have.

We also have chewable enzymes tablets, that offer a similar action to over the counter antacids.  These include Papaya Mint, and DigestEzyme.  These are chewed after a meal, if you start to experience any symptoms of indigestion.  Digestive Ease tea can be made up and drunk hot or cold and can also help to relieve gastric distress.

Hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE! Most of us need to drink more water.  Being adequately hydrated is vital to a healthy, properly working digestive system.  Most people need no less than 2 litres of water a day, sipped on consistently throughout the day, rather than all at once.  If you do not drink much water now, start increasing this amount today.  Start by filling a 750ml sipper bottle and OWN this.  What I mean by this is Be responsible for picking this up and taking it everywhere with you and sipping on it throughout the day.  Make a goal to finish this 1 bottle by the end of your working day.  When you can comfortably do this, increase this goal to finishing 1 by mid day and another by 5pm.  Once you can do this, the last bit will be easy.  Remember, you will benefit from ANY increase in water consumption, so just drink it, dont worry too much initially about How much you are having.  You can read this extra information Leanne has written about the importance of adequate Water

Take a probiotic to replenish the amount of beneficial or friendly bacteria in your gastro intestinal tract.  I love the Inner Health range of probiotic supplements.  These highly researched probiotic supplements cover many different “needs” including probiotic strains for helping with better Immunity, Medically diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Allergies, Candida albicans, Diarrhoea and the daily combination found in Inner Health Plus.

Eat more fresh raw vegetables and eat these at the beginning of your meal.  If you do not have candiadiasis (a candida overgrowth) mix 1 tablespoon of Organic apple cider vinegar with your favourite oil, herbs and seasoning and mix to emulsify, to make into a dressing.  Pour this on your salad vegetables.  By having your salad at the start of the meal, the naturally occurring enzymes in these fresh vegetables will help to top up what your body didn’t produce, to help you do digest your food better.

If you are stressed, consider putting your meal off for a little while, until you can relax and hence digest your food better.  Try removing yourself from the stressful situation, go outside and get some fresh air and focus of taking some deep breaths in and when you breath out, breath all of that tension out of your body.  Maybe have a walk and a change of scenery. You can get some relaxing essential oils such as lavender, clary sage, aniseed and ylang ylang and add a few drops of this to a tissue.  Breath in the vapour to help you to feel more relaxed.

If you continue to have digestive problems, yet you are taking a probiotic and a digestive enzyme, consider that your digestive system may be reacting to some of the foods you are consuming.  There are a number of ways to help identify what these may be.  These include to keep a food and symptom diary and start writing down everything that you eat and drink (EVER tiny bite or sip!) and what your symptoms are like.  As well as the specific digestive symptoms you may experience, other symptoms that could point to a “reaction” to something you have just consumed could also include fatigue after eating, a heavy head or a frontal headache, yawning, sneezing or coughing after food, especially excessively (like sneezing 4 or 5 times in a row) or a skin reaction like a patch of eczema flaring up afterwards (there are many more, these are the few that come to mind while writing this).  You can also have a Food Sensitivity test, where spots of your blood are tested for a “remembered immune response” or IgG in your body.   This test checks the immune response to 93 common or 96 vegetarian foods in the diet.  If your immune system has responded or over reacted to any of the foods tested, this will show up and will be listed as a reaction.

If you have tried these things and continue to have a digestive problem, call one of our Naturopathic team for further advice.  We would be happy to help you.

Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

Natural Ways To Boost Immunity

Lowered Immunity? Don’t let the winter bugs get you this winter!

Already the cold and flu season has started with a “hiss and a roar”. While some people choose to have the flu vaccine, for others, prevention is the main focus for them and their family.  In this post, I talk about ways to help to build up immunity – so taking on board the old saying of “prevention is better than cure”

Firstly you may ask Why is it, that the winter bugs seem to be affecting us more and more these days. Many bugs are becoming stronger and stronger and more resistant to standard treatment.  But as well as this, I believe our lifestyles are one of the main things to blame. A lot of us work in office blocks, under fluro lights and hardly every see the light of day. We all seem to be so busy racing around and many companies have cut down on staff, so the workload put on the individual is often extreme.immunity-cough

Because so many people are under regular stress, they also don’t always eat properly and their immunity is often lower and viruses, coughs and colds can take hold more easily.

So, what can we do to help keep our immunity higher and the winter bugs at bay?

Boost your immune system specifically

If an invader comes into your body, your defense system needs to be ready to respond, no matter what type of virus or bacteria it is.  To do this you could consider these things.

Take an immunity tonic

The formula I recommend for immune boosting/strengthening is Astra Forte. A deep immune rebuilding tonic that assists in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, glandular fever, lack of vitality, repetitive cold and flu infections, debilitated immune function, debilitation from chemotherapy, post infection recovery, as a liver tonic for hepatitis and for a bronchial cough.

We also love System Well Ultimate Immunity, the most complete and comprehensive herbal and nutritional formula for immune support. This formula is designed to strengthen the seven different mechanisms of immunity. Each tablet contains herbs well known for its ability to assist the natural healthy function of various body systems. Research has shown that many of these herbs have both direct and indirect benefits to the human immune system.  We have many overseas customers who took System Well while visiting NZ, only to request we ship a bottle or two to them once they returned home, as they could not find anything else that worked as effectively to strengthen their immunity.

If your immune system is weak and its power is low, then an immune stimulant like Echinacea cannot work effectively. Taking an immune tonic with Astragalus (one of the herbs in Astra Forte) will help to restore immune competency and power, so Echinacea can work again.

If you fail to recover your strength and vitality after an illness, such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia, you will know that you have depleted your immune power.

A pre winter course of Astraforte or System Well will help to keep your immunity higher. We always have a bottle of either one at home, so that if I have been under a lot of extra stress or feel like I’m coming down with something, I take the recommended dosage for a week or 10 days. The difference is very noticeable after a course of Astra Forte or System Well.

The role of probiotics in Immunity

As 70% of your immune system is situated in your intestinal wall, it only makes sense to take a probiotic, to help with immune strengthening. If you have previously taken antibiotics, and did not take a course of probiotics to replenish the beneficial intestinal bacteria, there is a chance your immunity will have already been affected by this.

It is said that for each 1 course of antibiotics taken, it takes around 1 month of supplementing with a probiotic supplement (not just probiotic yoghurt) to replenish the beneficial bacteria depleted from just this 1 course.

A problem though is, that not all probiotic supplements are created equally.  We stock two main probiotic ranges Natures Way Primadophilus family of probiotics and Ethical Nutrients family of probiotics.  Primadophilus Optima is the highest strength probiotic we stock and is designed to deliver to the gut (by way of an enteric coated capsule) the beneficial microorganisms essential to maintenance of healthy intestinal flora.

Inner Health Plus contains medical strength strains of acidophilus & bifidobacterium,  with colostrum & a specially formulated matrix called probioplex.

The Ethical Nutrients range of probiotics

Different strains of probiotics do different things.

The strain of acidophilus “NCFM acidophilus” can survive

the passage through the human gastro intestinal tract (bile and acid resistant) to aid in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastro intestinal system and digestive function.  If you have been taking antibiotics, a probiotic can assist in maintaining the balance of good bacteria and is also useful for symptoms of bloating, gas or flatulence. It aids in maintaining a normal healthy immune system.

Colostrum for Immunity

We are lucky here in New Zealand to have high quality dairy products, with colostrum being one of these.  Colostrum is the first secretion produced from the mammary gland, which precedes milk. During the first 24-48 hours following birth, colostrum provides life supporting immune and growth factors (IgG and IgF). These help form the building blocks for healthy development. Colostrum is so important to baby animals that they would die without it.  Colostrum comes in powder, which can be given to children and animals, capsules and also chewable tablets.  We also have the Clinicians Immune support spray. Immune Support is a new generation immune balancer which contains Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRP’s) extracted from colostrum. PRP are a natural component of colostrum that act as immune signalling messengers to help co-ordinate the immune response. Immune support supports recovery from ills and chills and the bodys natural response to allergens.  You can read more about Colostrum here.

Cats Claw and Olive Leaf extract for Immunity

Natures herbs to the rescue! Cats claw and Olive leaf are other good herbs to use at this time of year, to help with immunity and to help ward away virus’s and bacteria.  They are ideal to use at the onset of illness and then carried on for a further week once all symptoms have gone (to ensure you got rid of it properly)

Cats Claw supports a wide range of health ailments associated with the immune system and digestion, such as gastric ulcers, arthritis, intestinal disorders, certain skin disorders, herpes, candida, chronic fatigue, lupus and tumours. The root of cats claw has been studied extensively to show a significant immuno-stimulant activity.

Olive Leaf extract has been found to boost energy and aid in the treatment of viral, bacteria, yeast and fungal infections. Olive leaf compound has an ability to ‘restrain’ viral infections, by inactivating viruses, preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane.  We have our own Superior Olive Leaf, which contains Olive leaf, as well as the anti viral herb Elderberry and the immunity nutrients Selenium and Zinc.  This is a winner for those with cold and flu symptoms, to help to treat the symptoms and get over them faster.

Multivitamin/mineral formula with antioxidants for better immunity

It is well documented that most of us would benefit from taking a multi vitamin/mineral formula.  When you think that here in New Zealand we have 2 key immunity antioxidants missing in our soils – Zinc and Selenium, it only makes sense to supplement with these, as well as a full assortment of the key nutrients needed for good health.

The main key antioxidant nutrients include Vitamins A, C, E zinc and selenium.  Our own Xcel Health MultiVite takes these nutrients into consideration, as does Ethical Nutrients Super Multi Plus. Alternatively, an antioxidant like Nutralife Enzogenol ACE contains these nutrients, plus you also obtain the benefits of the added Enzogenol – the New Zealand Pine Bark Extract.  You can read more about Enzogenol here.

If you are looking for a “wholefood” multivitamin, then Enzymedica Enzyme Nutrition Multi-Vitamin, 100% whole food nutritional supplement may be the one for you.  This multivitamin has been formulated using enzyme activated nutrients, as part of a whole food matrix. Additional Thera-blend enzymes, enhance utilisation of vitamins, minerals, superfoods and botanicals. The enhanced blend maximizes the ability to increase energy and support immune function while providing daily antioxidant support. Free from gluten, dairy and soy. Suitable for vegetarians

Eat well for better Immunity

Eating a broad diet, which contains a good variety of fresh fruit &/or veggies – ideally, at least ½ of your daily food intake, is important. These can be eaten as salad vegetables, put into a smoothy or juiced, or lightly cooked in a stir fry or by steaming these.  Many people worry about eating frozen vegetables.  vegetables
Of course fresh is best, but if you didn’t get to the green grocer to get your fresh supply, then using a New Zealand grown frozen vegetable range is a lot better than missing out on your veggies altogether.  I personally think it is important to buy New Zealand grown produce.  Due to the variation in supply of vegetables, many producers source imported vegetables grown in Australia or China.

Talley’s tell us that they are the only range that is absolutely 100% home grown where Watties tell us that over 90% of vegetables and potatoes used in Watties frozen vegetable products are home grown in NZ. These include: peas, carrots, baby carrots, corn, green & yellow beans, broad beans, and potatoes.

The more brightly coloured the vegetable, the higher the level of antioxidants this contains.  Purple, red and orange are good ones to choose.  You can read more about Antioxidants here.

Fresh air and exercise for better Immunity

Getting outside to get some fresh air every day is vital.  There are so many reasons why this is vital, but if we are talking about Immunity, then getting your daily dose of Vitamin D by exposing your skin to direct sunlight is vital.  It is common to find that those with a lowered immune system also have low vitamin D levels.  Vitamin D is involved with T-cell activation, the killer cells that detect and then kill bacteria and viruses.  Don’t bother asking your GP to test your Vitamin D levels though, as they have been instructed to not offer this “expensive” blood test, but to just treat with Vitamin D if they think levels are low.  If you are prepared to pay for it, you can request it through your GP, but expect to pay up to $50.  You can read more information on Vitamin D here.

If I am feeling low, stressed or just plain bored, then there is no better medicine for me than going for a walk along the beach and breathing in that fresh sea air, to blow away those cob webs.  If you need motivation, get a walking partner.   There are groups like Meetup which organise walking groups.

If you need some specific advice with regard to winter immunity, don’t hesitate to contact our Naturopathic team, who will be happy to steer you in the right direction.

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health