A combination of temperature change, less time in the sun, and increased stress during the fall and winter months lead to many people getting sick.
Our society is so aware of this fact, that we have deemed it “Cold and Flu Season”. If you’re looking for ways to boost your immune system and stay thriving through this fall and winter, add or increase these vitamins and nutrients to your lifestyle and diet.
Vitamin C serves as a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for the development of all body tissue, the synthesis of collagen, and supports the optimal function of the immune system. Increasing your intake via supplements with Vitamin C and consuming foods high in Vitamin C like kale, citrus fruits, and various dark leafy greens will improve your overall immune function and health.
Research reveals Vitamin D deficiency affects almost half of the population worldwide! With people in some regions getting even less exposure to sunlight in the fall and winter months, this can have a dramatic and negative impact on health. The liver and kidneys convert Vitamin D, into the active hormone calcitriol. The health benefits of Vitamin D range from healthy cell development, reducing inflammation, regulating neuromuscular function, supporting calcium and phosphorus absorption, immune function, and more. Getting out in the sun regularly is not an option for everyone, but supplementing Vitamin D is a practical step to promoting health not just in fall and winter.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is not only vital to proper immune response but is also required for nearly every cellular function. Red meat, oysters, poultry, pumpkin seeds, legumes, and pine nuts are all good sources of Zinc, but additional supplementation is often recommended.
Prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics are a powerful trio to support overall gut health and microbiome balance. Because over 70% of the immune system resides in the GI tract it’s imperative to take action that supports gut health. Each of these “biotics” supports the microbiome of your digestive system in a symbiotic way.
Adding or increasing your intake of these vitamins and nutrients will ensure that you’re on the right path to thriving through this Holiday Season and making the “Cold and Flu Season” a myth of the past.
If you’d like to explore effective, safe, and affordable options to add these nutrients to your daily routine connect with your Core Wellness Coach.