Stay Well This Winter – November Newsletter




Nutrition Link Newsletter November 2011 
November, 2011
Staying healthy this Winter is the theme of this month’s newsletter and we will be giving you lots of hints and tips to help protect you from the nasty colds flu and stomach bugs that are inevitably doing the rounds at this time of year. We also have a fabulous recipe for an immune boosting power drink as well as a summary of the latest health and nutrition news.


Staying Well This Winter


 Have you noticed that while some people seem to get everything going, others get by with barely a sniffle. Not fair is it! well the good news is that if you are someone who gets more than your fair share of viruses and bacterial infections that there is much you can do to improve the situation.
Addressing The Underlying Causes 
Firstly it is important to look at why your immunity is low. Have you had a recent course of antibiotics which has killed off all the good bacteria in your gut? If so then this could be a cause as around 80% of our immune system is in our gut and the gut bacteria form an important part of this. Do you have food intolerances? If so then this may be lowering your resistance to infection. Nutrient deficiencies are a very common reason for lowered immunity. Iron is key yet many women are low in iron due to menstruation so it is worth getting this checked out. Other important nutrients include vitamin D (again commonly deficient), zinc and vitamin C. It is also key to
establish whether there may be an underlying metabolic
reason for your lowered immunity such as an underactive thyroid. Stress, excessive exercise or lack of sleep are also important factors.
Ways to Boost Immunity
1. Reduce or avoid Sugar – this has been shown to reduce our natural killer cells leaving us vulnerable to infection.
2. Include plenty of garlic in your diet – this has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties
3. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Be sure to include a wide mix of colours as these tend to code to the different nutrients in the food. Raw foods tend to be higher in nutrients although there are some exceptions. If you are run down juicing can be a great way to maximise fruit and veg intake
4. Consume live natural yoghurt (assuming that you are not intolerant to milk). This is rich in good bacteria which
can help boost immunity
5. Eat foods rich in selenium (brazil nuts are an excellent source). Our soil is commonly deficient in selenium and we need selenium to help boost our levels of natural killer cells.
6. Ensure that you are including oily fish or if vegetarian flax seed oil in your diet. Studies have shown that these foods increase the activity of phagocytes (a special type of white blood cell that fights infection) 
7.Supplement with Zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D. probiotics may also be a good idea if you have had a lot of antibiotics or have digestive issues. Colostrum is another important nutrient for immunity.   
At  The Nutrition Link we can help you to optimise your immunity by looking at and addressing the underlying causes. For more information or to book an appointment give us a call on 01727 764 832 or email 


Recipe – Immune Boosting Power Smoothie 


Smoothies are a simple and tasty way to pack in lots of nutrients all in one go. You can really make up recipes as you go along but here is one that has worked well for us – enjoy!
Handful of strawberries washed with green tops removed
Handful of washed blueberries
1/2 a banana
Splash of orange juice
Splash of yoghurt to taste (optional)
teaspoon of ground flax seed powder
few raw well washed raw spinach leaves (optional)
Water to achieve desired consistency
Place all ingredients into a blender. Even a hand blender will do. Whizz until well blended. Add extra water / orange juice and / or yoghurt to taste.
Consume immediately

Well that’s all for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our health and recipe news. Please feel free to contact us on 01727 764 832 email regarding your health and weight loss issues and don’t forget to check out our wide range of health tests in the ‘shop’ section of our site at . Talk to you soon!  


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Latest Health News



 Low intake of B6 may be linked to symptoms of IBS  

A new study published in the the journal Nutrition Research suggests that a low intake of vitamin B6 may result in more severe symptoms of IBS. The cross-sectional study involved 17 participants with IBS who recorded the severity of their symptoms for 7 days based on a series of criteria. The researchers then measured nutrient intakes and found that B6 was the one nutrient found to be linked to worse IBS Symptoms.



Probiotics May Help Improve Stress Related Symptoms 

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggested that a daily supplement of probiotics could produce beneficial effects against stress related symptoms. Volunteers were randomly assigned to receive a probiotic or a dummy supplement for 30 days and monitored using a number of tests. The results showed that levels of psychological stress were much lower amongst the group receiving probiotics.

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