Important tips to help maintain a healthy immune system include:

> Getting enough sleep; Sleep and immunity are closely connected.

> Eat more whole plant foods which are packed with vitamins and minerals and not empty calories like sugary snacks.

> Include more healthy fats, such as oily fish, nuts and seeds.

> Consider taking a Microbiotic supplement to optimise gut microflora as 70% of our immunity is in the gut.

> Choose moderate exercise.

> Stay hydrated and reduce caffeine and energy drinks.

> It is hugely important to manage your stress levels and look at ways to switch off from daily chores.

> Definitely one of the most important nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system is Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.

While Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol, which is the active form the body requires) is present in some foods, it can be very difficult to obtain an adequate supply daily. As it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, or more correctly called a hormone, it is generally contained in animal products and fat foods such as oily fish; salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals. Lots of these food options are unpopular for different reasons making our requirements for optimum mood health and immunity unattainable through diet alone.

As winter continues, and the sunshine hangs low in the sky, we are all mindful of upping our nutrient profile and gaining more immune boosting support this winter, I suggest taking extra Vitamin D3 in a supplement form, as Vitamin D helps to maintain the normal function of the immune system.

There is evidence that maintaining a sufficient vitamin D status in adults is beneficial in prevention of acute respiratory infections, these were the finding from an Irish study carried out In Trinity College Dublin.

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We are all interested in boosting our immunity right now. Cleanmarine High Strength, Cleanmarine For Women and Cleanmarine MenoMin, along with Cleanmarine Orange Burst For Kids, Cleanmarine for Men and Cleanmarine V-Good already contain our daily requirement of Vitamin D 600IU, which helps support immune function.