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The body is an ecosystem. Every cell has its own unique function and purpose. When one part of this system breaks down, it can affect every other part of the system. The key to optimal health is balance and harmony between all parts of your body’s ecosystem – from your gut to your immune system, from your brain to your heart.

Humans are a very inviting place to call home. Bacteria, viruses and hundreds of other microbes recognise this and will often try to gain entry into our bodies.

The defence core physiological process stands guard and protects us from infection. This core process includes both innate (the rapid response, gate-keeper immunity) and adaptive (slower, highly targeted immune response) immunity. It’s their responsibility to seek and destroy anything that is classified as foreign, detect and eliminate any old, dead or decaying body cells and repair any damage as a result of injury or adversarial encounters.

When the defence process works as it should humans can recover quickly should they ever get infected or avoid illness completely. But an imbalance in this process can have devastating consequences such as autoimmunity, allergies and recurrent infection as a result of either an out of control, overzealous immunity or immunity that takes a very laissez-faire approach to defence.

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What You Need to Know About Immunity…

What It Means

The primary area of focus for the biological process of defence is the immune system. It controls against both infection and inflammatory diseases.

Why It's Important

The defence core process is fundamental to maintaining the body’s balance (homeostasis). It incapacitates foreign invaders, can help humans prevent infection and includes repair mechanisms that heal and return the body to health.

Powerful Insight

Health improvement programmes that fuse modifications in lifestyle, diet and where necessary targeted nutritional supplementation can be exceedingly effective way to reestablish health immunity

3 Actions to Strengthen Immunity

Get Enough Sleep

Good quality sleep is restorative and supports the immune system to function effectively. Aim for 7-8 hours of high-quality sleep by setting a regular bedtime and wind-down time before bed. 

Embrace Daily Movement

Daily movement reduces anxiety and improves sleep but intense prolonged strenuous activity is immunosuppressive and can increase your risk of acquiring infections. Aim to increase your daily movement today (walking  or yoga) but avoid long, strenuous activities.

Explore Whole Foods

Studies show that a whole foods, plant-based diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit is the most beneficial for the immune system. Here are some ingredients to incorporate into your meals today: hemp seeds, curcuminoids (found in turmeric), Chaga (medicinal mushroom), cruciferous vegetables, and elderberries.


Hello, I’m Leah!

I’m a biomedical scientist, epidemiologist, public health practitioner, health improvement consultant and the founder of The Thrive Practice.
Which is all just a formal way of saying: I’m a professional wellness detective.

Driven by data and supported by science, I’m unerringly obsessed with exploring your unique biochemistry to methodically get to the root of your health issues.

Because unlike conventional medicine, my focus isn’t on treating your body’s symptoms; it’s on treating your interconnected system so that, together, we can beat the odds and make miracles happen for your health and healing.

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