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6 Ways to boost your immune system

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With Corona Virus on the rise and the greater population starting to get nervous about what’s to come, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself. There are many things that you can do to help your body fight off any invaders. Boosting your immune system is the biggest and best way to do that! So here are six ways to boost your immune system.


1. Food is your best friend

The single best way to give your immune system the best fighting chance is to fill your body with wholesome, nutritious food. These can include high anti oxidant and vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables.Vitamin C is a natural virus killer. The top six foods to be consuming right now for high Vitamin C content are:

  1. Kiwi Fruit
  2. Broccoli
  3. Brussel Sprouts
  4. Red and Green Capsicum
  5. Strawberries
  6. Lemons and Oranges

Foods that are high in zinc are also highly important as zinc can kill viruses, heals the body and boosts the immune system. Zinc is used in over 300 different processes in the body. Foods high in Zinc include:

  1. Hemp Seeds
  2. Legumes like lentils, chickpeas and beans
  3. Sprouts and micro greens
  4. Pumpkin and Sesame Seeds
  5. Parsley
  6. Shellfish … Especially oysters 😉


Juicing is another great way of flooding your body with a bucket load of essential vitamins and minerals. Having fresh juice on an empty stomach means that all the goodness can be absorbed and digested quickly and easily. It is basically like a huge nutrient boost being distributed all over your body. I’m not talking about store bought juice here. I mean juice that has been freshly squeezed using a cold pressed juicer from fresh fruit and vegetables then consumed within 20 minutes of juicing. Juicing things like greens and apples are loaded with nutrients that your body loves. My favourite daily juice recipe is listed below:

  1. Half a celery
  2. 2 x cucumbers
  3. 2 apples or half a pineapple
  4. a bunch of kale
  5. a small bunch of parsley (extra detoxifying)
  6. a squeeze of half a lime at the end.

This makes about 750mls of green juice that tastes amazing!


2. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements are a great idea at the moment too. Of course it is always best to get your nutrients straight from your food as it is easier for your body to digest and absorb but incorporating a supplement in times where your body needs extra defense can help. A Zinc and Vitamin C supplement like Metagenics Meta Zinc and Vitamin C powder adds an extra layer of protection for your immune system. It could be the difference between your body being able to fight off a nasty virus or succumbing to it. This is a great one to keep in the cupboard through Winter and if you feel like a sore throat coming on, take this for a few days and it will usually kick it in the butt. Vitamin C is a good anti ageing vitamin also! It helps with the production of Collagen and Elastin for keeping skin wrinkle free.



Mushrooms are another awesome supplement to help boost your immune system and has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. Metagenics Super Mushroom complex can kill off viruses and provide symptomatic relief of upper respiratory tract infections including mucus congestion. Mushrooms like Shiitake and Coriolus are excellent additions to your diet in soups, salads or stir fry’s.


3. Getting enough sleep

Getting plenty of rest is another important factor in the fight against viruses. When we are asleep our body and organs replenish and restore themselves. Getting at least 8 hours sleep at night aids in this process and ensures adequate time for healing and restoration to take place. Without enough sleep the body is behind the 8 ball the next day and lacks the strength to fight off invaders.

4. Hydration

Staying hydrated daily is an absolute must for your body to function properly. More often than not we are dehydrated and this is how bugs and viruses thrive. Most of the population is dehydrated and thirst is not the first indicator of dehydration. We are made up of 70% water so it’s really important to keep on top of our fluid intake. This will ensure good energy levels and strengthen the immune system against illness. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to your water will boost it even further and also add small amounts of Vitamin C. It will also help detoxify and alkalise the body. Parasites, bugs and viruses can’t live in an akaline body. Celery juice, coconut water and cucumber juice are all extremely hydrating too.


5. Reducing Stress

When your body is under stress it is expelling a lot energy trying to bring down cortisol levels and keep you calm which takes away from fighting off bugs and viruses. Reducing stress and staying calm is another way you can help your body stay strong and healthy. Way to reduce stress are:

  1. Take a walk in nature
  2. Stay off social media or watching the news and letting the media bring stress into your life
  3. Take a relaxing bath
  4. Meditate
  5. Spend time with people you love and who bring you joy
  6. Do relaxing things like watch a funny movie
  7. Read a book
  8. Get a massage or a facial
  9. Practice some self love
  10. Visit Sinead our kinesiologist to help reduce stress and your limiting beliefs. Click here for more information.
  11. Our Naturopath Tony can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression using natural supplements.



6. Cleanliness

Lastly, washing your hands regularly with soap for 30 seconds is going to limit the spread of germs and viruses. Avoid contact with people who have travelled overseas or have been diagnosed with the corona virus and avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer with alcohol to kill germs and viruses. Wipe down surfaces, phones and mobile phones regularly with a disinfectant.



By putting these six things into practice you should be well equipped to help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of catching viruses. And if you do happen to come down with a flu, these practices will help you recover quicker. Capalaba Natural health has plenty of supplements in stock and we can post them out to you if you can’t make it into the clinic.

Tony our Naturopath is always happy to talk to you about best ways to boost your immune system strong either in clinic or by phone. Call the clinic on 3823 3103 if you would like to book a consultation to discuss your options.

Dairy Free Alternatives

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Are you lactose or dairy intolerant? Do you suffer from cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, skin rashes, hives, asthma? You quite possibly could be dairy or lactose intolerant. Around 65% of the population is dairy or lactose intolerant. When you think about it, it’s a little bit weird that humans drink milk from another species? I mean, would you honestly walk up to a cow and start sucking on it’s teet? Cow’s milk is designed for baby cows to drink so that they can grow up to be big cows. Just like human babies drink their mothers milk in the early stages of life. So why would we swap species? No wonder there are so many people with dairy or lactose intolerances.  If you are unsure if dairy is an issue for you we can do a simple finger prick and find out. For more information click here. So let’s talk about some dairy free alternatives!

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Why am I feeling tired all the time? Could it be adrenal fatigue?

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Are you feeling tired and exhausted all the time? Do you think it’s just because of your busy lifestyle or stress? It may be more than you think. Although your hectic, demanding lifestyle may be the culprit, persistent tiredness may also be a symptom of Adrenal Fatigue.


Depleted adrenal glands leads to what is known as adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are small, but they have a very big role, because they are responsible for managing stress and are important in maintaining our energy levels and motivation. The glands are an integral part of the endocrine system, and secrete hormones that manage a range of your body functions, including adrenaline. The adrenal glands can become depleted due to lack of sleep, excessive exercise, overwork, stress, chronic inflammation and taking care of everyone else first. When this happens, fatigue is often the result. Read More

How we can help you change your life and health…

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Being the start of a new year its always a time to think about what you want to achieve in the year ahead. For a lot of people the start of a new year means getting fitter and losing weight. Especially after indulging over the Christmas/New Year period. You may be suffering from long standing conditions that you finally want to get rid of this year. For example, IBS, crohns, fatigue, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, menopausal symptoms, skin allergies, fibromyalgia etc. So how can we help you change your life and health? Read More

How to thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet.

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How to thrive of a vegan or vegetarian diet.

With the rise in popularity lately of veganism I thought it was time to discuss how to thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet. If you have been living under a rock lately, maybe we should go back to the basics and explain what a vegan and vegetarian diet actually is and how to thrive on a vegan diet.

What is a vegan and vegetarian diet?

A vegan diet excludes all animal products – that includes meat, fish, dairy, eggs, gelatin and honey. Being a “vegan” means avoiding things made from animal products also i.e leather, wool, suede, fur, feathers and silk.

A vegetarian diet avoids meat, fish and poultry. It is less restrictive and includes dairy and sometimes eggs depending on the person’s own idea of vegetarianism. Read More

Lose Weight … And start building your Summer body Now?

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Lose weight and feel great. Build your summer body now.

There is only 1 month to go before Summer is officially here and that means approximately 2 months until Christmas! Now is the time to lose weight and start building that Summer body of your dreams. Months of hiding behind leggings and sweaters, the warmer weather means you are suddenly thrust into shorts and t-shirts. Suddenly you notice that you may have put on a few kilos over the cooler months. You may have gained some cellulite on your legs and bum. You also realise that you may have to get into a bikini/swimsuit very soon.

Don’t freak out though! Tony the award winning Naturopath from Capalaba Natural Health is here to help! He has been helping people lose weight and building their dream bodies for the last 13 years with the HCG diet. Over 3,000 people have successfully completed the weight loss program and couldn’t be happier. Even people who are at their wits end with losing weight and have tried every other diet out there. They have said this is the one that actually worked for them and helped them lose weight and reach their weight loss goals. Tony will even teach strategies to help keep the weight off too. Read More

Are Hot Flushes and night sweats driving you crazy?

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Menopause Hot Flushes

Would you love to know how to quickly get rid of Menopause Symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats using information most people don’t even know about. It’s almost like magic.

So often I get woman coming into our Capalaba clinic experiencing Menopause or Perimenopause symptoms. Hot Flushes, Night Sweats, Fatigue, Weight Gain and Mood changes are all so very common. I often hear that some women can get upwards of 20 flushes per night and that they are so tired and irritable from a lack of sleep.

The majority of these women have had these symptoms for many years. Recently I had one lady who had over 20 flushes per night for the last 5 years. Read More

The benefits of losing weight

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The benefits of losing weight

With convenience becoming more and more important in today’s busy environment it isn’t too much of a surprise to learn that Australia’s general health and wellbeing is seeing some concerning trends. Recent research suggests that the most commonly prescribed medications by your local Doctor are, in fact, for illnesses and conditions that have earned the moniker of “lifestyle diseases”. Before we explore the solution to this modern illness, we first need to explore what a lifestyle disease is.  Over the last couple of decades people have been experiencing illnesses that, until fairly recently, were fairly rare.

As we touched upon at the very start of this blog, people are relying more and more on convenience and due to work and family commitments are very time poor.  This, as we’ll discover is a very dangerous combination especially when you’re trying to lose weight. With rates of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure on the rise it is really time for us to take a collective moment and reflect on the damage we’re doing to our bodies.

The Problem

Thirty years ago, when diets were more balanced, the answer to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle was to go and pound the pavement or join the masses and sign up for the new phenomena that were gyms. Fast forward thirty years and gyms are on every street corner but we’re still seeing increased levels of lifestyle illnesses and people struggling with weight loss.  The introduction of high fat, high sugar diets combined with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has impacted just about everybody’s waistlines and general health.


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Weight Loss & Pregnancy

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Weight Loss & Pregnancy

In a world where there are more weight loss products, diet-programs and TV shows than you can shake a stick at, we are all becoming more and more aware of the importance of looking after ourselves, our health and our weight. There are many reasons why people are turning to weight loss products and diets such as Keto but there are some people who are looking to lose weight so they can increase their chances of hearing the pitta-patter of tiny feet reverberate around their homes! We all know the obvious health reasons to losing weight and getting fitter, but weight loss and pregnancy isn’t always talked about or discussed as a reason to lose those stubborn kilos. Recent studies in the United States and Australia have shown that losing as little as 5% of your body weight can increase your chances of conceiving.

Why Does Weight Loss Matter In Pregnancy?

For Women
Weight loss can increase your chances of becoming pregnant, but we really must explore why being over-weight can affect pregnancy and the chances of falling pregnant.
Losing fat makes you healthier, helps your liver detoxify your body and process hormones that need to be in perfect balance to fall pregnant. Losing weight and having a strong, healthy body creates a healthier environment for the baby to grow in and receive all the nutrients it needs, which in turn will help sustain pregnancy and create a healthier child. By helping clients lose weight and cleaning up their bodies we have helped many woman conceive who had previously been unable too.

For Men
Being a man is 50% of the process of creating a child. Strong, healthy sperm is needed to fertilise the egg and losing weight will help increase sperm counts, raise testosterone levels and lower estrogen levels. Zinc levels are important for good quality sperm along with other vitamins and minerals. Studies have suggested that for men to increase their chances of fathering children they should reach a healthier weight at least three months prior to conception. For men, reaching this target three months prior, is incredibly important as recent studies have determined it takes around three-months for sperm to develop and getting in shape assists with healthy sperm.

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