Two simple steps to boost your immune system and ward off nasty bugs this winter | The Sun

DURING the depths of winter when bugs and viruses take hold our immune system's are put to the ultimate test.

And with Britain is suffering the worst flu season for a decade, there has arguably never been a better time to boost your immunity.

Immunologist, Dr Jenna Macciochi, has suggested the two best ways to build up your natural defences.

She said: “Movement and adding more Vitamin D to your diet are two key ways to support the immune system.

“They are also arguably two of the easiest and most accessible methods for promoting this aspect of our health."

It comes as thousands of Brits across the country have taken a greater interest in their immunity since the pandemic began.

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A recent poll, commissioned by Actimel, found a third (34 per cent) of Brits have started to incorporate a range of tactics over the past two years in a bid to improve their body's natural defences.

Popular immunity hacks include having more sex, listening to uplifting music, taking vitamin D, fasting, and gargling salt water.

And nearly one in 20 (four per cent) have even tried colonic irrigation – the practice of injecting water via the anus to flush out toxins from the colon.

It also emerged 27 per cent are open to trying more 'extreme' steps to improve immunity, such as having IV vitamin infusions, but 52 per cent aren't convinced 'alternative' methods like these work.

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Instead, 70 per cent believe adopting little daily habits could be a more sustainable and effective way to support their immune system.

The research also found 40 per cent are eager to find tactics to support their immune system that they’re likely to stick to.

Dr Jenna Macciochi said: “While it’s encouraging to see such a large proportion of those polled actively wanting to adopt steps to support their immune system, they might be going to greater lengths than they need to.

“I am a firm believer of adopting little daily habits when it comes to sustainable solutions for supporting your immune system.”

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