Posted by on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
During this time of year, when the weather gets colder (and then warmer and then colder) is it prime time to catch a cold.
Everyone is sniffling and sneezing around you and all I want to do is tell everyone to keep their germs away from me!
But instead of wanting to spray everyone around you with lysol it’s best to start building up your own immunity.
The best way to prevent the common cold is to support your immunity. Here are some of the top supplements to start taking now to help prevent you and your family from getting sick this winter.
Zinc - great track record for acute treatment of cold, reducing duration and severity. Vegetarians may need as much as 50% more zinc due to the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods.
Vitamin C-has been shown to support the immune system and studies have shown to improve systems and shorten the the duration of the common cold and respiratory tract infections.
NAC- N-acetylcysteine is a precursor to glutathione. Glutathione is a major antioxidant in the body that helps to remove toxins and support immunity. Many things like medications, alcohol, etc. can deplete glutathione stores and leave you susceptible to a weakened immune system and diseases like cancer.
Taking NAC daily can help to increase glutathione stores and help to keep the body healthy and the immune system doing it’s job to ward off illness.
Elderberry-Well-known for supporting treatment for colds and influenza. Experiments show elderberry is active against numerous bacterial respiratory pathogens.
Vitamin D has a huge impact in many elements of the immune system. A growing number of studies find that low levels of vitamin D is associated with an increase of URIs, pneumonia, influenza, etc. In short, vitamin D is at its lowest in the winter so it is important to supplement. If you already have a vitamin D deficiency, take 5000 IU per day for 8 weeks. A good maintenance dose is 2000-3000 IU per day.
Magnesium Low levels of magnesium is most prevalent around this time (about 48% of US populations does not meet daily requirement for magnesium) and it is a major driver of inflammation. 300-400 mg a day for most of us is sufficient.
Two supplements by Innate Response that can be found HERE have most of these ingredients together are in one supplement.
This product contains 4 major ingredients crucial for boosting your immunity. Vitamin C which helps to increase the immune response in the body, Reishi and maitake mushrooms - the beta-glucans in these mushrooms have powerful effects on the immune system and this is widely used in Asia as both food and medicine. Arabinogalactan & astragalus root - great for priming your immune system to fight. This product contains therapeutic potencies.
While Immune Response is great for prevention, this product, Acute Defense is great for when we actually feel the cold coming in. It is composed of very reliable ingredients, such as Zinc, Andrographis, Echinacea, Elderberry & Vitamin D.
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