It is hard to believe that it is fall already! Winter is right around the corner and with that come the winter bugs. Now is the time to strengthen your immune system to help prevent all the winter illnesses.
Let’s start with an overall approach to achieve a healthy immune system. Probably the most overlooked “supplement” is a well rounded, balanced diet. There really is no substitute or magic pill that will negate the need for eating properly. The next most overlooked supplements, for immune system strengthening, is a quality multivitamin & mineral supplement. Everyone can benefit from a daily multi, so choose a good natural multi and stick with it! Your next line of defense should be a good vitamin C supplement of at least 500mg. For those with delicate digestive systems a buffered vitamin C (such as Ester-C) would be wise. Vitamin C aids in the production of interferon, an important immune system protein. These two supplements, along with a healthy diet, will give you a good foundation for a healthy immune system.
After you have laid the foundation you can focus on your specific needs. There are many good immune boosting supplements for people with specific reoccurring weakness. A person prone to cold sores will benefit from a Lysine based supplement blend. Lysine has the ability to help fight cold sores. Olive Leaf Extract is an excellent supplement for people prone to respiratory illnesses. Astragalus is an excellent supplement for people prone to colds and the flu virus. Echinacea is also an excellent, well rounded immune system booster. An immune formula is a safe way to cover a broad spectrum of potential winter illnesses. Look for a formula that will fit your needs, whether it is a 1 per day immune boosting formula or a comprehensive multi pill formula.
What every route you choose to strengthen your immune system, be consistent. If you are not a pill taker, stick with the basic; good foods, a multi, and some vitamin C. For those who are more regimented and willing to take a few more supplements, add an immune system supplement aimed toward your needs. The little bit of time and money you’ll need to invest now will pay of with a healthier you, this winter.