Many experts believe this upcoming flu season of 2020 will be extremely challenging , driven by the combined effects of respiratory virus season and Covid-19. There are legitimate concerns for how this will affect an overrun healthcare system, anxiety levels and the economy.
Your immune system is your body's shield against viruses and disease, so your best offense is a strong defense. So, how do you get your immunity ready for battle? In my experience, the best way to help your immunity is by giving it the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy. Think of it as giving your immune system a HIGH-FIVE.
Your immune system is complex, but there are 5 micro-nutrients that stand above the rest in terms of clinical and historical evidence in supporting your immune system.
Vitamin C (or Ascorbic Acid) is a powerful antioxidant that can protect against cell damage and support your immune system by improving the quality of your skin (epithelial barrier function). It has been shown to enhance the function of cells like phagocytes that attack bacteria and viruses. It has also been shown to aid in the reduction of severity of the common cold, and even prevent it under certain conditions. It is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It's involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C should not be consumed in excess of 2,000 mg per day.
Zinc is a mineral needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Its deficiency has been shown to negatively affect your immune system.
Vitamin D2, sometimes called the "sunshine vitamin", is vital to supporting a healthy immune system. Deficiency in vitamin D is often associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection and colds. The best known actions of vitamin D are to promote calcium homeostasis and overall bone, teeth and muscle health.
Elderberry flowers and berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost the immune system. They can help reduce inflammation, stress, and help protect your heart. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms with an added side benefit that it has a great natural flavor.
Reishi mushroom, also commonly referred to as the Mushroom of Immortality, has antioxidant properties and may enhance immune response. Reishi mushroom contains complex sugars known as beta-glucans which have been used to help enhance the immune system, reduce stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue.
Other amazing nutrients that help boost your immune system can be found in Echinacea, Shiitake mushrooms, Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail and Yerba Mate extracts. All of these are core ingredients in Self Supplements Immunity + Energy.
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Lindsey- Nutritional Advisor
Disclaimer: The information has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA and was provided as an educational resource, not medical advice. Please consult your medical care practitioner with any questions.