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 Why do we lose our appetite when we are ill? Researchers from Stellenbosch University are calling for a reassessment of the medical practice of force-feeding ill patients. They argue that loss of appetite may be one of nature's bug-fighting mechanisms. Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting Who needs to supplement? Is it really necessary to take vitamin and mineral supplements if you follow a balanced diet? Well, it depends on your situation, really. Here's some sound advice from DietDoc. Can you really boost your immune system? Can any product really boost your immune system, or are you being taken for a ride? 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". 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. 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. 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? load more articles advertisement From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.