Immune System

5 essential nutrients for the immune system

As the seasons change to autumn and winter it seems that more and more people succumb to colds and flu, leading to a less effective immune system.

In fact, did you know that colds (and flu) are the leading cause of visits to the doctor, and loss of productive time?

buy priligy in india Actually, the infectious viruses and bacteria that cause these ailments are around all year long. What changes is our habits which in turn affects our ability to ward them off. For example, we tend to stay indoors more. This means that our skin has less exposure to sunshine, and we produce less Vitamin D which is essential for a strong immune system! In addition, people crowd together more, in confined spaces, so the chances of cross-infection are much higher.

buy prednisone online in uk And did you know that you are able to take some simple actions to reduce the likelihood that you contribute to this statistic?

Firstly, colds and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria, so antibiotics are not appropriate treatment! If your doctor wants to prescribe antibiotics, ask why, and if the answer is not satisfactory refuse the treatment. (A possible reason for prescribing an antibiotic might be for a bacterial infection that is also present). Not only are antibiotics ineffective against viruses, they are also positively damaging to one’s health – by destroying the healthy and vitally important gut bacteria.

Secondly, make sure you have all the necessary nutrients on board to keep your immune system strong and healthy. These include:

  1. Vitamins A and D – Both boost the immune system and Vitamin A has the added important role of strengthening the mucous membranes of the nose, lungs, ears, throat, etc. This prevent the invading organisms from actually getting into the body in the first place.
  2. Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids – Vitamin C from natural sources comes with additional nutrients called bioflavonoids which increase the effectiveness of the C. Usually the results are better than when synthetic ascorbic acid is used.
  3. Zinc – This mineral, together with Vitamin C makes it very difficult for the viruses to take hold at all. Taking these as soon as you have the slightest inkling that you might be catching a cold and you can nip it in the bud.
  4. Phytonutrients (carotenoids and flavonoids) – Carotenoid Complex and Flavonoid Complex from Neolife are proven immune boosters.
  5. Garlic is also a potent antimicrobial agent, tackling bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Then there are things to avoid as they damage the immune system. Sugars and refined carbohydrates are major culprits – leave them out!

And make sure you get enough exercise as well as enough sleep to keep your immunity levels high. Fortunately, getting the exercise usually means that you sleep better!

Dr Andre’ Comrie

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