Immune Boosters - 1.0

By the end of the year, the effects of cold and flu season are everywhere. From calling in sick to work to missing social engagements, the struggle is real. The best way to avoid falling prone to the inevitable changing of the seasons is to not get sick in the first place. Easier said than done. What many people overlook is the importance of supplementing the immune system in times of health, not just in times of sickness. Here are some key nutrients as well as easy at-home tricks to keep your immunity up and your defenses strong.   

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The first thing many people reach for is Vitamin C, and rightfully so. Popularly associated with the citrus family, this vitamin is a huge immune booster as well as an antioxidant. Make sure to either eat whole foods high in Vitamin C, like grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, kale and cruciferous veggies, or take a supplement. Don’t reach for the OJ, that is a classic mistake. Fruit juices are loaded with sugars, which feed bacteria and promote further inflammation.

Vitamin D is a popular supplement taken in the winter due to the lack of sun exposure. Studies show that low levels of Vitamin D leave you more susceptible to infections as well as more prone to depression. So fight the winter blues in more ways that one with some immune modulating D.

Zinc, specifically in the form of zinc picolinate, is another popular go-to immune support, and has a nice affinity for the respiratory system as well as the digestive tract. Just make sure to take it away from any calcium supplements, to ensure optimal absorption of both nutrients.

Finally, my favorite product for fighting off wary pathogens is EHB from Integrative Therapeutics. It has a combination of echinacea, hydrastis (goldenseal) and berberine (Oregon grape). This complex immune support also contains garlic, licorice and ginger as well as bromelian. At the first signs of anything sick-related, I start taking this supplement like it is going out of style, and so should you. 

If you have already fallen ill, make sure to take these supplements for an additional four or five days even after you start to feel better. The prolonged immune boost helps you to avoid those nasty relapses that many people get from jumping back into activities too soon after an illness. Next week will feature ways to boost your immunity without relying on supplements, as well as the Do's and Don'ts of foods to consume when you are under the weather. 

 

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