Natural Immunity Tips For Winter Health

23 Nov 2020 | Category: Medical

As Seen In The Sun

Expert Advice From Dr Ross Perry

GP & Founder/Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics

the-sun.jpgAs the weather turns colder, Dr Ross Perry was invited to give expert medical insight on why our immunity is likely to drop and what we can do to improve it. The feature in The Sun headlined:

“WINTER-PROOF Boost natural defences & dodge Covid with science-backed tips to help you stay well”

It’s not only Covid-19 challenges that we have to worry about, the colder temperatures are the time when cold and flu germs also circulate at much higher levels.

Dr Ross Perry told The Sun why risk of catching something is higher in the colder months:

“First, your immunity is likely to take a dive because you’re exposed to less sunlight, and vitamin D plays a part in your immune system.

“There are also lifestyle factors – it’s dark and miserable, so you might be less likely to exercise, and you may drink more alcohol or eat less healthily to cheer yourself up.

“There’s also the impact of the temperature itself, which can interfere with your body’s response to viruses.”

He told The Sun that this year, the public may be better protected from colds and flu due to the measures in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus – washing hands, covering the face and keeping space through social distancing measures. He said:

“All colds and flus are viral, so the likelihood of transmission is currently reduced by Covid-prevention measures.”

Natural immunity tips

The Sun feature outlined some simple suggestions to naturally boost immunity:

  • Vitamin D – known to support the immunity system, a deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to an increased risk of contracting Covid-19. Supplements are a good idea in winter to replace the effects of the sunlight, which normally stimulates the body’s own vitamin D production
  • Zinc and selenium – evidence shows these also support immunity
  • Exercise – daily exercise can help your immune system deal with pathogens in the short term. A workout boosts circulation which allows immune cells to move through the body and tackle infection more easily. An active lifestyle can benefit your immunity in the long term too
  • Flu vaccine – this won’t protect against coronavirus, but does help against the dangers of catching flu and covid at the same time
  • Stress – reducing stress has a positive effect on your body’s ability to fight infection and illness. So indulge in some constructive me-time activities like art, games or spending time with pets
  • Socialisation – mental health can have an impact on physical health. Stay in touch with loved ones even if it can’t be face to face

Dr Perry told The Sun:

“It’s rare for anyone to have low immunity unless you have a specific health condition. It’s hard to measure your immunity, but most people exist within a normal spectrum. In terms of it not functioning well, stress tends to be the biggest factor.”

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Dr Ross Perry

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Dr Ross Perry is Founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

He qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered doctors and surgeons.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and anti-ageing injections; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

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Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.

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