Why Stress & Overreacting Puts Your At Higher Risk of Getting Sick

If there is one thing that can spread even worse than the Coronavirus itself it is misinformation around the virus, and the unnecessary immune-compromising stress that it can create. 

Have you ever wondered why you tend to get sick when you’ve overworked yourself or you’re feeling extremely stressed out? It’s not that your body has generated the common cold or flu out of thin air, corticosteroid is suppressing the effectiveness of your immune system. When we’re stressed, our body generates a surplus of the hormone, which blocks the flow of immune protecting cells, called lymphocytes, from flowing freely through your body. If you are in close proximity of someone who is sick, or pick up bacteria from a communal space, your body cannot fight the infection as effectively as it would if you had the support of a strong immune system.

If you are prone to anxiety or stress there are a number of products you can use to alleviate the onset:


Rhodiola is a powerful adaptogen that helps the body adapt to mental, emotional or environmental stress. It also acts as an antidepressant; improving the passage of serotonin precursors through the blood-brain barrier, and having a balancing effect on serotonin levels.

2. Metagenics Mag Glycinate, R258

Magnesium promotes strong healthy bones, helps to prevent osteoporosis, it is required for an enzyme that converts vitamin D its most active form, helps to maintain a healthy calcium balance, promotes healthy muscle growth, Eases migraines & tension headaches, to name a few.

3. SereniT Sceletium Capsules, R115

Sceletium Tortuosum, or what locals might know as Kanna, Channa or Kougoed. Traditionally used by the Southern African people as a mood enhancer and cognitive enhancer, recent studies have proven what they knew- sceletium is a wonderful aid for those suffering from stress, anxiety and even depression0.

4. Take It Easy Lozenges to Help Ease Anxiety, R77

This natural anti-anxiety formulation has been created to relieve all types of anxiety and nervousness quickly and effectively. Lactium, the key ingredient in Take it Easy Lozenges is clinically proven to reduce stress symptoms.

5. Gaia Organics Magnesium Chloride Massage Oil Solution, R105

Magnesium oil is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to absorb this important mineral into your body. Chronic magnesium deficiency can result in nervous symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, and insomnia.

It is always good to remind yourself of your limitations and your weak points – if you feel that stress gets the better of you allow yourself the space and correct precautions to assist, and as we head into the colder seasons to take the same amount of care in ensuring your mind is healthy so it can assist your body in fighting off any viruses. 


  • Mbuliso Ntlaka
    Posted at 17:34h, 23 March Reply

    I need lozenges to take it easy, are they good for people who feel hyper active sometimes?

  • Angie Kleinsmith
    Posted at 08:41h, 14 June Reply

    Hi There. I’m a very anxious person by nature. The last year has been particularly difficult for me. Moving home, empty nest syndrome and also the Covid19 lockdown has impacted further. I have lost my appetite and working from home has been stressful. Anxieties of loosing my job and worried about mine and my kids health etc. So I’m looking for advice on what products I can take to stimulate my appetite. Boost my immune system and most importantly assist with my anxiety.
    I am currently taking Xanor to help me by.
    Looking forward to your recommendation

    • Dr Kerry Haarhoff
      Posted at 16:42h, 21 June Reply

      Hi Angie, it sounds like this year as really been a difficult one & we truly empathise with you <3
      We often don't have all the answers and truly believe in guidance from professionals before starting any supplements/ medication to help treat symptoms. it would be best to find a therapist in your area which will help you with a wholistic approach to your healthcare.

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