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Autumn, season of mists and mellow flufulness, is upon us. After living up under the summer sun and partying the nights away, it’s time we all got back into the swing of things back in the office – but not without preparing ourselves for the unavoidable wave of flu season. We’ve teamed up with luxury pharmacy John Bell & Croyden to find out just what we can do to keep our immune system in tip-top shape, as well as which immunity boosters we should be stocking up on.

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Responsible for protecting us against unwanted bacteria and viruses, our immune system is quite the impressive piece of kit. And with 70% of our immune system taking up residence in our gut, it’s important that we maintain good gut health and take stock of what we’re putting in our bodies. Alongside a good diet of fruits, vegetables, cultured dairy products and healthy fats, it’s important we get a good dose of vitamins and minerals to keep our immune system as strong as possible.

But as we head back to the office this autumn, we’re going to be put to the test. Coughs and sneezes are set to do the rounds, and we’ll probably need somthing to support our immune system. John Bell & Croyden suggest that we should ideally be supplementing with Vitamin D from October to April, which alongside our immunity system boost our bone, muscle and dental health, and can consider useful adaptogen plants like Echinacea and Siberian ginseng, which amp up our energy levels.

And why do we need that extra little boost during seasonal changes? As London-based nutritionist Lily Soutter explains: ‘Autumn and winter tend to be more challenging as we turn to heavier comfort foods which can be fattier and harder to digest. The days are shorter and darker meaning less light, vitamin D and fresh air – increasing our risk of developing pesky coughs and colds. We also tend to ‘hibernate’ and become less social during the darker months, which has a negative impact on our mood and energy levels. Whilst none of us can completely eliminate our risk of falling ill, enjoying a nourishing diet and implementing healthy lifestyle practices may give our body and our immune system the best chance to do their job.’

‘Summer is often a time of indulgence where many of us have eaten and drank more than our usual amounts and also come in to contact with more strangers either on holidays or days out with the family,’ adds Reshma Malde, Superintendent Pharmacist at John Bell & Croyden. ‘As a pharmacist we would recommend booking in for a health check at your pharmacy to look at your overall wellbeing and health. The tests are a great way of looking at your own base line right now such as weight and blood pressure and also determining where you want to be to achieve your ideal health.  Also thinking about the winter months, the best protection people can have, is ensuring they book in for a seasonal flu job and any Covid boosters that are needed. This will give your body the immunity support it needs to fight off any winter germs.’

Ready for a boost? Check out our edit below…

Immunity Boosters for Autumn/Winter 2022

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Hello Day

Immunity Support, £24, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

Containing you daily minimum dose of Vitamin D3 (which is great for immunity and improving bone and muscle strength) from a sustainable algae source, Hello Day’s Immunity Support capsules are ideal for laying down the foundations for good immunity.

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Hello Day

Immunity Shield, £24, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

If you do feel a cold brewing, try one of Hello Day’s Immunity Shield sachets. Packed with natural ingredients like purple coneflower root extract, Siberian ginseng and Vitamin C, these sachets have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that should help nip a cold in the bud.

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Pure Himalayan

Pure Himalayan Shilajit, £425, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

If you’re not a fan of tablets, a dissolvable supplement might be the way forward. Plant-based and rich in minerals, this resin, sourced at high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal, is raved about by Ayurvedic circles who swear by its ability to energise and rejuvenate.

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Tahi

Manuka Honey, £24, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

Known for its strong antibacterial properties, manuka honey is a natural supplement for your immune system. Sweet in flavour, you can spread it on your toast, add it to smoothies or even eat it by the spoonful (no judgement here).

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Revive Active

Revive Active Supplements, £15, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

This award-winning supplement is described as a ‘powerhouse’ when it comes to boosting immunity. With a formula combining vitamins, minerals and amino acids, you’ll feel ready to take on the world after just one sachet (mixed into your morning smoothie or a glass of juice).

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Revive Active

Zest Active, £9, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

Another entry from Revive Active, this ‘super supplement’ targets the brain as well as the immune system with a big ol’ boost of energy. It boasts a formula free of fillers and caffeine, and instead uses immunity-strengthening ingredients like wellmune, taurine (which is a great antioxidant) and L-Lysine.

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Solgar

Vitamin C Tablets, £14.40, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

Shown to help keep a healthy immune system by helping white blood cells function more effectively, Vitamin C is high up on the list of immunity boosters. These vegetable capsules from Solgar are vegan and easy to take, meaning you can get your fix in no time.

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Garden of Life

Microbiome Formula Organic Kids+, £22, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

Kids are just as prone to the flu as we are, in fact more so. Garden of Life’s microbiome formula for children contains Vitamins C and D, as well as 14 strains of live bacteria to help build up their immune system. Tablets are chewable, certified organic and contain no added sugar (so there’ll be no bouncing off the walls).

This article is brought to you in partnership with John Bell & Croyden, where you can find hundreds of globally sourced well-being and beauty products to get you through the seasons.

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