The tabloids this week picked up on the loss of sense of taste and smell as one of the cover symptoms.

As a practitioner we have long looked at the correlation of the loss of taste and sense of smell with low levels of the mineral zinc.

Zinc is a key nutrient when it comes to immune response, how we respond to inflammation and mucousal membrane lining. All key actions to prevent infection of Covid 19 and in the case of infection, severity of symptoms.

So what is the link to the malarial drug hydroxychloroquine?

Hydroxychloroquine is a zinc ionophore, meaning it a transports zinc INTO the cell thereby helping fight the infection, it prevents its viral replication.

Quercitin is a natural zinc ionophore which is why during allergy season giving the two nutrients together can be so helpful for so many to reduce symptoms naturally.

1 in 6 of us are low in zinc which could be why we see such a variety in people’s response to the fight against Covid and severity of symptoms. Along side key nutrients that support mucosal membrane which rely on zinc too, absorption of vitamin.

Foods rich in zinc are chicken, eggs, pumpkin seeds and one of the highest are oysters!

If you wish to explore your zinc levels contact Susie to discover how!

Melatonin is our sleep hormone and also acts at higher levels as a major anti oxidant, a cell protector.

When we are young our levels are much higher,  children aged 1-5 years have six times the amount of an adult over 65 years old, as we age our production lowers and recent research looks at this being another aspect of why the young seem largely immune to Covid 19.

What can we do?

Protect your melatonin! Avoid blue light at least one hour before bed, eat serotonin rich foods, oats, turkey, chickpeas, salmon and eggs. If you find sleep evades you due to stress, boost melatonin with tart cherry and magnesium. Part of the consideration for melatonins protection is its reduction in inflammatory pathways by eating a Mediterranean style diet rich in healthy fats, colourful fruits and vegetables lean protein all plays a part in a healthy immune response.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C may help to prevent infections, including those caused by bacteria and viruses. Regularly administered vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of colds, and higher doses of vitamin C during an illness can also act as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that it helps reduce the risk of colds and flu. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the population is deficient, so daily supplementation (ideally in the form of vitamin D3) offers the best protection.

Vitamin A: For short-term use and particularly for those with moderate vitamin A deficiency, supplementation can be extremely helpful in supporting the body’s ability to fight infections, particularly with regard to respiratory infections.

Zinc: Zinc plays a significant role in boosting immunity. Often available as lozenges, zinc can help to reduce the frequency of infections as well as the duration and severity of the common cold when taken within 24 hours of onset.

Selenium: Selenium, a key nutrient for immune function, is also an antioxidant that helps boosts the body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. It may particularly help to protect against certain strains of flu virus. Selenium is easily obtained from foods, with the richest source being Brazil nuts.

Honey: Honey, preferably raw, is a good demulcent (it relieves minor pain and inflammation of mucous membranes), has antioxidant properties, and has some antimicrobial effects. It is helpful for coughs and sore throats and can be added to hot tea.

Garlic: Garlic contains a variety of compounds that can influence immunity. Some studies have shown that both fresh garlic as well as aged garlic extract and some other garlic supplements may reduce viral upper respiratory infection severity as well as function in the prevention of infection with viruses that can cause colds.

Probiotics: Probiotics contain “good bacteria” that not only support the health of the gut but also influence immune system functioning and regulation. Studies have shown that probiotic use can decrease the number of respiratory infections, particularly in children.



Stress reduction: Chronic stress can negatively alter immune system responses, making you more likely to get sick. Identify your personal stress reduction strategies and practice them regularly.

Sleep: Sleep has a big influence on immune function, so it is essential to get plenty of sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene and maintain consistent sleep hours—turn off screens, ensure the room is cool, quiet, and dark, and set a reminder to help yourself go to bed on time.

Exercise: Moderate, regular physical activity helps to boost immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones. Establish and follow an exercise program to not only help prevent respiratory infections but also to improve cognitive and physical resilience.

Nutritious foods/diet: Research indicates that brightly colored vegetables and fruits boost immunity better than most supplements. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables—aim for 10 servings per day. Include fermented vegetables or other probiotic-containing foods.

A couple of announcements  – Susie and Madga’s Immune boosting Webinar yesterday was EXCELLENT and we raised £150 for the NHS. The content and feedback has been 100%.

Magda and Susie have very kindly offered to keep running these webinars to help grow the community and in order for us all to keep raising money for the NHS and grow awareness for our community we have set up a link ( see below) to the webinar recording.

If we could please ALL SHARE this link which is live for 1 week (at the moment – as we don’t want people to think it’s always going to be there and therefore not watch it.) This will enable us to raise awareness and funds.

Please put on your social media/ whatspp share via emails – this would be wonderful – much work has gone into this and we are all contributing for the greater good.

Here is the link: