Mulberry Osteopaths

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Edinburgh EH3 7DX
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It’s not all about the vaccine.

I realise that many of you will have had your Covid vaccination and maybe even got to the point where you’ve also had the booster jab in one arm and the flu jab in the other but it’s worth while remembering that when it comes to immunity and health it’s not just about the vaccination program.

I’ve seen a number of patients that are ‘fully vaccinated’ that have still managed to contract coronavirus and been laid up with Covid. I’m sure you’ve probably come across this situation as well with either a family member or a friend or a friend of a friend, maybe even yourself! Luckily it doesn’t seem to result in hospitalisation, but it can still knock the wind out of your sails and lay you low for a couple of weeks followed by a slow recovery period.

It’s worth bearing in mind that there are lots of factors that can affect your immunity and therefore your susceptibility to getting bugs and viruses of all sorts and you can’t just rely on a vaccination to do all the work for you.

The days are getting shorter and it’s the time of year when our immune systems can often take a bit of a hit even in ‘normal’ years. That coupled with the fact that we’re still in the throws of a pandemic with all the negativity and anxiety generated by such a situation and it’s no great surprise that our immune systems are in for a rocky ride. All the more reason to be aware of some of the things that can affect immunity and what you could do to give your immune system a helping hand.

  • Diet obviously has an impact on our general health as well as our immune systems in particular. Too much fatty food, not enough fresh fruit and vegetables with a good dose of vitamins A,C,D and E and other trace elements will likely give the immune system a hard time. A winter diet of stodgy comfort food has to be balanced with some decent nutritious food.
  • Mood has a direct impact on immunity. Anxiety, depression, loneliness and grief can all suppress immunity and there’s plenty of that going on at the moment so, if you can, switch off the news, meet up with friends, have a good laugh and do stuff you enjoy doing.
  • Go for a walk and get some sunlight on your face when you can. Not only will this help with a bit of Vitamin D but it’ll lift your mood.
  • Get a good nights sleep as it’s only when you’re asleep that you produce certain chemicals that a vital for a fully operational immune system.
  • Exercise has plenty of health benefits but be aware that you can do too much. If you over exercise it can actually supress immune function.
  • Drugs, be they prescribed or not, can be detrimental to immune function as can over doing the alcohol consumption.

You see it’s not just about sitting on your laurels and getting a vaccination that will keep you healthy over these coming winter months. There are plenty of things we can all be getting on with.

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