The change of season is upon us and it’s a total breeding ground for colds and flu. Do you want to stay ahead of the game? Adding nutrient-rich, immune boosting foods into your diet as well as taking some natural supplements are so helpful when trying to prevent and treat colds and flu. Here are our tips and tricks for keeping healthy and feeling good this winter.
Vitamin D – As winter approaches and the days get darker and gloomier our access to sunlight decreases. This reduces our main access to Vitamin D therefore we need to make sure we maintain our sources of Vitamin D wherever possible. Vitamin D is vital for healthy immune function and aids in the prevention of autoimmune diseases as well as maintaining the health of bones and teeth. Here are some great Vitamin D supplements:
Bone broth – This stuff is liquid gold when it comes to fueling your body with the nutrients they need to support a healthy immune system. The slow cooking of the bones draws out all of the nutrients which not only gives it a rich and delicious flavour but makes it heavily concentrated in immune boosting minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Bone broth is also rich in the amino acid cysteine which is effective in breaking down mucus helping to clear out any congestion. In addition, bone broth is easily digested and absorbed by the body so it gives you all immune boosting benefits without causing any added stress on the body. Our great bone broth products –
Zinc – This mineral is very important for our overall health as well as immune function. Some benefits of Zinc for the body include helping with hormone production and repairment, improving immunity, facilitating digestion and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. Zinc can be found in many different foods such as high-quality meats, certain kinds of seafood and dairy products, grains and legumes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. It is also available in different supplementary forms such as lozenges, tablets and syrups –
Increase your fluid intake – Dehydration is one of the worst things for your body even at the best of times but especially when bugs are going around. A lack of fluids can make fevers worse and prolong the effects of a cold. Increasing your fluid intake in any way you can is vital to staying healthy. Water is obviously the best and most important option however including some natural fruit or vegetable juices, herbal teas and broths into your diet are a great addition.
ArmaForce – This is the ultimate immune booster supplement. It contains a blend of powerful herbs and nutrients which target symptoms of the common cold and mild upper respiratory tract infections. ArmaForce is a comprehensive formula combining andrographis, echinacea, olive leaf, vitamin C and zinc. This product truly offers great support for overall healthy immune function.
Garlic – Garlic is both an amazing preventative as well as treatment for common colds. Garlic stimulates the immune system to help fight viruses. It is great when consumed raw however any way you can consume it will be beneficial. A great garlic supplement that we have found to be effective during flu season is Nutra-Life Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract (and it is Odourless for those who don’t want to have to cover their mouths all day).