Winter is that time of year when illness seems to be inevitable, however by using some techniques to boost the immune system before the winter season begins can help with better recovery and less illness.

Homeopath and nutritionist Sarah Kottmann says that young children are at greater risk as their immune systems aren’t fully developed until the age of 6.

This is why children below the age of six tend to develop more cold and flu’s as it helps to build the immune system.

A large part of the immune system, almost 80% in fact, is found in the digestive system. When an imbalance occurs in the digestive system due to food intolerances, taking of antibiotics or other medication or stress and lack of certain nutrients the digestive system starts to suffer by becoming inflamed and causing “leaky gut syndrome.”

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 Keeping the gut healthy is one of the most important aspect of having a healthy immune system

There are a few simple tips to improving the immune system in preparation for winter:

  • Eat a healthy and well balanced diet and exercise regularly.
  • Take steps to avoid spread of infection by washing hands regularly.
  • Increase Vitamin C over the winter period especially if you already have a compromised immune system.
  • Address food intolerances and improve the immune system by healing and rebalancing the gut.
  • Maintain a healthy gut by using probiotics when required.
  • Studies have shown herbs like Echinacea, Chamomile and certain Chinese mushrooms can help to boost the immune system and fight of infection.
Always consult with a health care practitioner before taking any vitamins or herbs.  Food intolerance testing can be conducted through some health care practitioners.

Do you have any tips to add to this list? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • A small tub of yoghurt after coming indoors from play works wonders for the littlies.


  • We eat healthy and exercise all year round. We do pretty good during cold and flu season. I’m hoping our health continues


  • Good to know! That’s interesting! Thanks for sharing this!


  • Drinking apple cider vinegar seems to shoo off the cold.


  • Awesome pic! Eat dirt, make snow angels, make mud pies and jump in dirty puddles – life is to be lived!


  • Thanks for the useful advice!


  • I always get stuck into the Olive Leaf Extract when I feel like a cold is coming on. We also boost the vit C dosage up a few notches. I’ve also started freezing lemons and grating them into whatever I can – porridge, yoghurt, eggs etc. I’ve read that lemons – rind, skin and juice are a powerhouse of nutrients and are fantastic for killing bugs. It also adds a great flavour to everything too!


  • Some good common sense ideas to help prevent sickness in the little ones.


  • Great tips, Thanks for sharing.


  • Very informative article, in time for winter too. Thanks for sharing


  • important


  • great read =)


  • I agree. Vitamin C is really important for children. Its gets cold here so we have to be prepared.


  • I’ve heard mixed reports on vit c – can’t have too much/ if you do it’ll leave your body via urine and, that it can’t help with a cold but can help prevent them? I grew up taking vit c supplements but now I’m confused about the benefits or if I’m getting enough in my regular diet?

    • you know when you have to much vitamin c as it causes diarrhoea, its great to supplement during winter to prevent colds and just at the beginning of a cold (increase dose). It supports immunity during a cold as well and can help with recovery time. Natural vitamin C can be found in oranges and many other fruits as well as herbs like rosehip. The vitamin normally work well in combination with Chinese super mushrooms, echinacea or zinc.


  • Thank you for the informative article. I do most to the list but never thought of probiotics.


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