When the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, we see an increase in the amount of colds and flu. This dreaded season causes many days of missed work, missed school, and even hospitalizations. But have no fear, getting the right nutrients, and taking the right supplements can drastically reduce your risk of getting sick.
Top Four Nutrients to Use During Cold and Flu Season:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Beta Glucans
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C can be found in various foods, such as: kiwi, citrus fruits, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. You can also take a Vitamin C supplement. Be sure to get the right form of Vitamin C as the wrong form can actually weaken your immune system. Vitamin C is one of the main anti-oxidants that improve your electron flow which will minimize free radicals.
Vitamin D deficiency increases your chances of getting the flu or catching a cold. This could be due to the fact that there is less daylight during the winter months and we typically spend less time outdoors. Sunlight exposure is the best source of producing Vitamin D in our bodies. That is why supplementation during the winter months, and during cold and flu season, is vital to your health.
Zinc increases your production of white blood cells, which helps fight against infections and viruses. If taken during the initial stages of an infection, zinc will help decrease the duration and severity of the infection. Zinc lozenges are very common during the winter months to help with sore throats and fighting infections.
Beta Glucans are known for their immune boosting and cancer-fighting traits. They are found in ample supply in certain types of mushrooms. Beta glucans also increase your bodies NK cell activity. These NK (natural killer) cells seek out and destroy diseases, infections, and cancer cells.
I hope this helps you prepare for the upcoming flu and cold season. Make sure to stay adequately hydrated and get plenty of sleep too. For more information or further explanation about the above mentioned nutrients, read Dr. Mercola’s full article here.