Home > Diet and nutrition > The immune system The immune system All sections in Diet and Nutrition » Beverages » Healthy Diets » Healthy foods » Nutrition Basics » The Immune System » Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements » Weight loss » Diet and Nutrition News » Food Safety Tips to keep your immunity strong this winter As SA summer draws to a close and the cold, wet winter begins to set in, it’s important to ensure you keep a strong immune system. Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » Don't get into these bad winter habits Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran rap against obesity Apes have more diverse gut bacteria than people Researchers determined that the African apes have more diverse microbes in their guts than people, and that the change in human microbial diversity is accelerating. If you think you'll get sick you will Some patients may develop symptoms and side effects purely because they've been told about them, known as the so-called "nocebo effect". The role of your mind in disease What role do mind and attitude play in disease? There's a real connection - and it's called psychoneuro-immunology. How will the 'Tim Noakes' diet affect your immunity? Can following a low-carb diet help boost your immunity and keep you healthy this winter? All about your immune system Your line of defence against invading micro-organisms – that’s what your immune system is. Find our here how it works, what could go wrong and what you can do to give it a boost. Mercury in seafood linked to autoimmune diseases High amounts of mercury in seafood have been linked to autoimmune diseases, which affect around 50 million Americans, most of whom are women. Can you really boost your immune system? Can any product really boost your immune system, or are you being taken for a ride? Moderate alcohol consumption may support immunity Forget an apple a day to keep the doctor away – research shows a glass of wine could be just as effective. Drug-resistant bacteria cause stubborn infections The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the drugs. Unnecessary exposure can happen in humans who take antibiotic drugs they don't need. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Dehydration at a glance What could happen in the next 37 seconds? Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 World Thrombosis Day 2015 Live healthier World Thrombosis Day » World Thrombosis Day 2015 The next 37 seconds The dangers of blood clots Deep vein thrombosis can happen to anyone Blood clots can be deadly when they form inside arteries, especially the deep veins of the legs. Dr Ismail Shaik shares his experience. Up for grabs » Babies smell mom Partner trouble affects parenting Healthy mom-child relationship How you can win R2500 Tell us what it's like being a working mom in SA and you could win R2500 in cold, hard cash.