The role of the immune system Like brave soldiers, the immune system cells travel throughout the body searching for viral and bacterial infections and other foreign invaders to destroy.  At the first sign of trespassers, they charge into battle.  When working at its optimal best, it does a superb job of keeping your child healthy and free of illness.  When you nurture the immune system it will repay you by supporting your child’s overall health and wellbeing. How the immune system works The immune system is a complex army powered by different types of cells, organs and tissues which work together with military...

Every mother aspires for their child to be the healthiest and happiest version of themselves possible – under my guidance you will gain the confidence to achieve this goal. This class provides a treasure trove of valuable information founded on evidence-based naturopathic principles coupled with the latest scientific research on children’s health. I’ll show you the foundations of how to care for your child’s immune system, brain function and overall wellbeing. Enrolling in this class will benefit your child if they are suffering from an illness you are having trouble managing or you wish to defend your child from developing a condition...

Cod liver oil is a nutrient-dense supplement made from the livers of several species of the cod fish.  It's an incredibly nutritious type of fish oil that supports the health of the immune system and integrity of the mucus membranes. Cod liver oil has an impressive nutritional profile that includes large amounts of vitamins A, D, and omega-3 fatty acids.  It has been used for centuries to promote immune system health and prevent rickets - a bone condition in children caused by lack of vitamin D. But the health benefits of cod liver oil may not end there. The powerful nutrient-dense...

Perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. But what does this really mean? ‘Auto’ is the Latin word for ‘self’ and ‘autoimmune’ essentially means that your body mounts an immune response against itself. This is characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system – commonly experienced as pain, swelling and a wide variety of symptoms depending upon what areas of the body are affected. Autoimmune conditions include: Type 1 DiabetesRheumatoid arthritisLupus (SLE); • PsoriasisCrohn’s diseaseUlcerative colitis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis Why does the body attack itself? Autoimmune conditions are thought...

If you want to boost your child's immune health, you may wonder which are the best supplements for your child to help boost their natural defences to fight off infections.   Key Immune Supplements When it comes to strengthening our immunity, there are some key nutrients and antioxidants our immune system requires, and a deficiency in any of these can make you more susceptible to illness. Here are my 4 top supplements to strengthen your child's immunity. Vitamin C Effective at reducing the length and severity of a cold. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant and is involved in virus killing and preventing viral replication.   Vitamin D Our key immune...

  Every winter when you get sick, you tell yourself to be more prepared next year. As soon as someone sneezes at work, school, or home, you find yourself with yet another cold or flu. It does not have to be that way this chilly winter season. Arm yourself and your family with the tools to build strong immune defences to reduce your risk of getting sick. If you do get sick, a strong immune system will also reduce the severity of your cold and flu symptoms, and help to speed your recovery.   Natural Medicines to Prevent and Treat Symptoms There are many...

Why Is Something So Simple, So Hard to Get? When we think of Australia and New Zealand, we think of surf, sun and sand, beautiful climates and the great outdoors. With vitamin D readily available from the sun, why are so many people deficient in this important vitamin? An estimated 73% of adults suffer from inadequate vitamin D levels, with almost 60% of women living in southern areas being completely deficient during the winter/spring months. Are we spending too much more time indoors? Are we obsessed with the need to cover up and use sunscreen every time we step outside? With...

Omega-3 fatty acids are a crucial component of a healthy diet. These essential fats are especially important for children, as they play a key role in growth and development and are associated with numerous health benefits. Since EFAs cannot be made in the body, they must be ingested daily, through diet and supplementation. However, many parents are unsure whether omega-3 supplements are necessary — or even safe — for their children.   How can omega-3 essential fatty acids help your child? ✅ EFA levels are often low in children who experience changes in mood and other mood related conditions. It has been shown that those with these...

Prebiotic foods are high in special types of fibre that feed the friendly bacteria living in the gut and support digestive health. They promote the increase of friendly bacteria in the gut, help with various digestive problems and even work to boost the immune system. Prebiotic foods have also been shown to improve metabolic health and even help prevent certain diseases. However, some of the fiber content of these foods may be altered during cooking, so try to consume them raw rather than cooked. Do yourself and your gut bacteria a favor by eating plenty of these prebiotic foods.   My Top prebiotic foods kids will...

  We are constantly exposed to foreign bodies from the environment, with the respiratory system, digestive system and skin all providing a barrier to protect us from the outside world. Ordinarily, the immune system does an amazing job detecting these foreign bodies and neutralising them so that they do not cause harm to our body. However, for some kids, their immune system has an abnormal response that causes unwanted symptoms. When this happens we refer to these substances as ‘allergens’. Fortunately, with targeted treatment, the allergic process can be modified, helping your child to become less reactive to substances they have always...