May 23, 2021


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.”

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 off 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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  • Simple and easy to follow tips on how to boost your immune system.


  • Thanks for the tips. I need to buy more probiotics for my little one.


  • I always boost the vitamins intake heading into winter.


  • We love garlic, horseradish, vit c tablets to boost immune system and beat off a cold.


  • A balanced immune system, kids should get sick to build it up, but also keeping them warm and hydrated is smart.


  • Getting your flu vaccine is hugely important if you want to stay well.


  • I also think staying warm, sleeping well and staying hydrated is also important. And we’ve all seen the evidence of our reduced cold and flu season from last year – was it the extra vigilant hand washing or just avoiding touching each other?


  • Vitamin C is always stocked up in Winter!


  • Lots of oranges in winter


  • i’ve heard drinking lots of water helps as well as it ensures that the body can function efficiently


  • I always increase my Vitamin D intake during these Winter months as it really helps my achey bones


  • I take a Vitamin C tablet most days, try to keep warm, walk as often as I can, and drink lots of water.


  • I’m so glad my boys are past this stage but I’m sure some of the suggestions will work just as well for adults


  • I hate that part of the year…hopefully with your advices will go easily


  • This is a really good article. We wash our hands all the time, wipe down any trolleys or surfaces when out in public before touching them, and I try and have veggie soup/mash a few times a week for him so he is getting a big top up boost in veggies.


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