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Daily Mirror October 2023

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Dr Elise Dallas, Private Harley Street GP, contributes to an article published in the Daily Mirror on how experts deal with winter bugs.

“As a doctor, maintaining a robust immune system is crucial, especially during the winter months when viruses are around. When I start to feel under the weather, I prioritise good quality sleep, as I’m a natural night owl but I recognise its role in immune health. Additionally, I incorporate vitamin D and zinc supplements into my daily routine, both known to bolster the immune system’s defences. While I source my vitamin C naturally from foods like water with lemon, I also regularly consume fermented foods (kefir and kombucha are my go-to). These foods contribute to a healthy gut, which acts as our first line of defence against pathogens. Furthermore, I continue the practice of cold-water swimming during the winter, which can give my immune system a beneficial boost. However, I’m mindful of the importance of balanced exposure, as repeated cold exposure without adequate recovery may potentially weaken immune function.”

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