Optimising your immunity
Optimise your daily defences
Immunity is our first line of defence: it’s our armoury against infection, providing essential support when travelling and in times of transition, while managing inflammation and keeping it at bay. But its everyday role should not be underestimated - and a strong immune system is also vital to shield us from environmental ‘stressors’ and the effects of modern living. After all, our microbiome is vastly different today from what it once was: we no longer get the exposure to natural bacteria in food, while medicine and antibiotics can also have a negative effect on how our bodies perform. However, supporting good gut health, ensuring we get proper sleep, and supplementing with high-quality nutrients can all contribute to an immune system that is stronger and more resilient - enabling us to live happier, and healthier lives.
"I’m a financial trader, so I work very irregular hours and my sleep can be erratic. I don’t often find the time to cook and stick to simple meals - so it’s fair to say I probably don’t get all the nutrients that I need. As a result, I pick up colds and bugs easily, especially when I travel. So I made an appointment with one of Wild Nutrition’s nutritionists, who recommended products to help me sleep better, manage my frequent cold sores and improve digestion – such as their Men’s Food-Grown Daily Multi Nutrient, Food-Grown Immune Support, and Multi Strain Biotic. I’d only been taking them for a short while, but even after a few weeks the results were tangible: I was sleeping better, I felt less tired and my digestion was noticeably improved. Nearly two years later, and I haven’t had a single cold sore or bug. My working hours haven’t changed – but the support of Wild Nutrition and their brilliant supplements means that I feel more resilient, as well as healthier and more balanced. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough."
Our team of expert nutritionists host consultations with women all over the world. We sat down with our Head of Nutrition, Lorna Driver-Davies, to discuss simple ways to strengthen immunity...
Q: I’m always picking up colds - what are the everyday changes I can make to support my immunity?
If you’re susceptible to infections, eating a healthy and nutritious diet will help – however, supplementing with additional nutrients will offer further support, especially in busy or challenging times. The immune system requires a really good foundation of nutrients to support all its complex needs, and many of us experience nutrient-gaps - so we recommend any of our multi vitamin and minerals to start with. Then in addition, our Food-Grown Immune Support is rich in immune-supporting vitamins, minerals and botanical mushrooms, designed to fortify immunity. Vitamin D is absolutely essential for the immune system to function at an optimal level, and is officially recommended for all in darker months, and year-around for those with less access to natural sunlight, or those who are living with a medical condition or weakened immunity. You can supplement our Food-Grown Vitamin D (or our Vegan Vitamin D) with any of the formulas in our range.
In humans, 70 per cent of our immune system resides in the gut tissue, much of which is made up of beneficial flora. In fact, there are 10 times the amount of bacteria than there are cells in our body, and they have a very powerful influence on our health. Balancing this beneficial flora is therefore crucial in order to strengthen the gut and keep tummy upsets at bay. We recommend our Multi Strain Biotic, which contains eight strains of bacteria in powder form, to support shifts in friendly bacteria, alongside our Digestive Enzyme Complex, which promotes better digestion while easing discomfort.
Q: I’m prone to an upset tummy, and often worry about eating out. What can I take that will help?
The body’s exposure to oxidative damage can be higher when travelling – particularly when crossing time zones. Ahead of long-haul flights, or before a period of intense travel, start taking our Multi Strain Biotic one month in advance, to prepare and strengthen the body. Otherwise, our Food-Grown Wild Traveller was formulated to support energy and sleep patterns in frequent flyers, and contains a unique complex of nutrients and botanical extracts to optimise your defences while travelling. Take it the day before flying, on the day of travel and also the following day, in addition to our Food-Grown Immune Support, which contains Zinc, NAC and botanical mushrooms for antioxidant protection, plus Vitamin C for optimal energy.
Q: My job involves frequent flying – how can I boost resilience whilst travelling?
Turmeric, a powerful plant antioxidant, is clinically proven to help lessen the effects of inflammation – making it useful in supporting gut and digestive inflammation, injury, arthritis, managing histamine levels, and skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Because it can work to ‘modulate’ the immune system, it may also be supportive in conditions where the immune system has become ‘overactive’: for example, in Endometriosis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and metabolic syndrome-type conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes and PCOS. Our organic Turmaforte Full Spectrum Turmeric can help the body to regain its balance, therefore supporting inflammatory health conditions, in addition to our Pure Strength Omega 3 and our Food-Grown Immune Support. If you are experiencing inflammation which has affected your thyroid, do arrange a time to speak to one of our nutritionists who can suggest supplements to support.
Q: I have an underlying health condition - what can I take to reduce inflammation?
Modern, city life makes it hard to avoid environmental aggressors: however, pollution, heavy metals and toxins can have a detrimental effect on the body, leading to stress and unwanted inflammation. Our Food-Grown Antioxidant Boost contains a carefully curated blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs to protect against the oxidative stress often experienced in urban areas, for health inside and out. Resetting your body from time to time can also help, and our Food-Grown Total Cleanse Complex promotes recovery and restores cellular health. For men, we recommend our Food-Grown Immune Support, in addition to increasing your levels of Zinc.
Q: I live and work in London and worry about pollution. What can I do to counteract its effects?
Q: I have a demanding job and also work out regularly - which leaves me run down. What can I take to strengthen my immune system?
Our Daily Multi Nutrient supplements for men and women contain powerful nutrients designed to strengthen and protect - such as Selenium and Zinc. We’ve also included botanical mushrooms, such as Cordyceps and Reishi, which offer exceptional immune support in addition to naturally-occurring Vitamin D. However, physical activity or exercise also creates more oxidative stress - so you needs to up your intake of antioxidants, to prevent fatigue or feeling run down – try our Food-Grown Immune Support or Food-Grown Vitamin C & Bioflavonoids. Our KSM-66 Ashwagandha Plus has been clinically proven to support muscle recovery and physical strength, and is ideal for anyone who is physically active: though it will also help de-stress from a demanding job, while offering further immunity protection. Sleep is also critical for the body to recover from exercise and stress, as it allows the immune system to repair and nurture the body - increasing physical resilience when faced with infections.