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CAN YOU SHOCK YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM INTO WORKING HARDER?

It’s an enticing idea for many of us; the idea that we can somehow trigger our immune systems into action via some kind of immediate ‘shock’ or trauma. Indeed, one of those potential means of providing such a ‘shock’ – a cold shower or bath – has been the subject of a few fair traditions and ‘old wives’ tales’ down... Read More

ZINC AND LEAN MUSCLE: WHAT'S THE CONNECTION?

You’ve probably heard a fair amount about the importance of zinc, especially if you have so much as a casual interest in bodybuilding. While zinc is a trace mineral – which means you only need small amounts of it to be healthy – of the key trace minerals, only iron is present in a greater concentration in the body. This... Read More
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7 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE VITAMIN C DEFICIENT

7 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE VITAMIN C DEFICIENT

The crucial role that vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – has in a range of bodily functions should not be understated. This essential water-soluble vitamin helps to safeguard the health of your body’s cells. It’s a big factor in keeping your skin, blood vessels, cartilage and bones in the best possible shape, and is also instrumental in... Read More

'NATURAL KILLER' CELLS: YOUR BODY'S STEALTH MODE

They’ve got a menacing enough name – but what are they, and what is their role in human health? Natural killer cells are also sometimes referred to as NK cells, killer cells, or just K cells. They’re a type of white blood cell, or lymphocyte, and form part of the innate immune system. Wait – what do we mean by... Read More
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ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHY CAN'T I GET ALL MY VITAMIN D FROM FOOD?

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHY CAN'T I GET ALL MY VITAMIN D FROM FOOD?

So why do I tend to advise patients to get out in the sunshine and supplement to optimise their vitamin D levels? Because we’re often low in it! The main reasons? We don’t go out in the sunshine enough, we often block the sun either from clothing or suncream, or moisturisers with factor in them, or we have darker skin,... Read More

DOES COFFEE REALLY AFFECT VITAMIN ABSORPTION

It’s pretty understandable why so many of us feel the need to start the day – or indeed, finish it – with a satisfying cup of coffee. Amid the rushes, stresses and strains of daily life today, we probably all feel the need for that kind of boost from time to time.But could your routine caffeine fix also be compromising... Read More
DOES COFFEE REALLY AFFECT VITAMIN ABSORPTION
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THE IMMUNITY DIET: HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER IMMUNE HEALTH

Ask the Tonic Health Nutritionist Karen Newby: Can you eat your way to better immune health? There’s a lot of discussion about immune food at the moment. I whole heartedly disagree with the British Dietetics Association which states “Simply put, you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet.” Well boost is the wrong word, as it suggests it might cause... Read More

A MATCH MADE IS HEAVEN 💤 DEEP SLEEP AND VITAMIN C

None of us want to find ourselves struggling to get to sleep, but of course, it can happen for all kinds of reasons, and often at times when we feel we can least afford it. Thankfully, however, as the Sleep Council has observed, there are also lots of ways to help to ensure a restful night’s sleep. They range from... Read More
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Travel Immune Health Hacks

TIME FOR A SUMMER HOLIDAY? DON'T FORGET THESE TRAVEL IMMUNE HEALTH HACKS FOR THE JOURNEY.

With the summer holiday season seemingly set to get underway after an enforced pause, how do we make sure we travel safely and healthily. Whether you are traveling via airports, trains, or cars, you’re likely going to come into contact with a lot of people, even though things are quieter these days.   What’s more traveling puts your body through... Read More

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR APPENDIX - WHY IT’S MORE VITAL THAN YOU THINK.

The appendix, the small, never thought of organ that most misconceive of as redundant. The appendix is a small, finger like projection which comes out of the large intestine on the right sight of the abdomen. Historically it has been thought of nothing more than an evolutionary hangover that provides no modern-day function and can be a real pain in... Read More
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