2020 has been a challenging year for most of us. If you’re reading this, you are surviving and we want to help you to not only survive, but thrive during the upcoming flu season. There are concerns since Covid-19 is also still in the picture and both are contagious respiratory illnesses.
There is one thing that can help with both - building up your immune system and keeping it in prime working condition. I know this is talked about a bunch, but this is the foundation to keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy all year round.
Good nutrition, along with plenty of rest, drinking the proper amount of water, regular exercise and managing your stress are all critical components of building a strong immune system.
Sometimes we find it hard to find time to do all of these things. We grab food on the go, which usually isn’t too healthy. We skip the gym or taking time to exercise because we are too busy. And with the stresses of the day, we rarely find or make the time to destress which intern makes getting a restful nights sleep a rare occurrence.
Don’t get discouraged. We are here to offer easy to follow tips you can do on the fly to keep you and your family healthy during these crazy times.
Boost Your Vitamin C Levels
Vitamin C has been utilized for both its preventive and healing properties, especially in relation to viral illnesses. Did you know daily consumption of vitamin C either with supplements or diet, can stave off viruses and reduce the duration of illness.
If you are boosting your daily vitamin C intake, it’s imperative to avoid sugar consuption. Sugar is bad for your immune system and can also deplete your body of vitamin C. So if you’re trying to build your immune system and prevent getting the flu, Covid-19 or other viruses, stay away from sugar whenever possible.
Trials have shown when vitamin C is combined with zinc it shortens symptoms and duration of respiratory infections and the common cold.
Bring On The Sun, Or Up Your Vitamin D3
Another effective immune boosting vitamin is Vitamin D3. In the latest figures, it’s estimated 42% of Americans are lacking in this vitamin. So, if you are getting sick often, this could be a sign your Vitamin D3 levels are low.
Evidence shows the best nutrients for immune support are Vitamins C, D and Zinc. With current day Covid-19, these three nutrients should be taken by all to keep your immune system up to par.
Also, get outside! Enjoy the fall air and get into nature and get some natural vitamin D directly from the sun.
Up Your Allicin Intake, The Active Ingredient in Garlic
We all know garlic adds deliciousness to all kinds of dishes, but garlic is well-known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. When garlic is crushed or chewed, it produces a compound known as Allicin. Allicin is what ultimately helps boost your immune system. But to get the beneficial amount of Allicin, you’d have to eat a lot of garlic. That can be daunting and a bit smelly to say the least. Finding a good allicin supplement such as Allimax or Allimed ( physician strength supplement). These both contain nothing but pure 100% standardized allicin derived from garlic from Spain via a patented distilling method.
In a recent study of Allimax, it was found that Allicin was effective in reducing the length of symptoms and prevented the onset of a viral illness. In addition to antiviral attributes, allicin has been used in regulating blood pressure, assisting in lowering high cholesterol and addressing bacterial, viral and parasitic infections.
Sweet Sleep of Eight Hours or More
Getting plenty of sleep is a major method of preventing illnesses and boosting your immune system. For the immune system to function at its peak, most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep also helps you recover quicker if you do get sick.
Keep It Clean
The environment you live in also contributes to a healthy immune system and in fighting colds, flus and viruses. Changing filters in your HVAC systems is essential as well as cleanliness of your home. Disinfect hard surfaces and keep your environment free from dust, allergens, bacteria and dirt. Air purifiers are also good in keeping the air in your home clean.
While cold and flu season tends to be in the fall and at the end of winter/beginning of spring, building your immune system and keeping it in tip top condition all year long is key. Common sense also helps to keep you healthy. There are several ways you can reduce your chances of getting sick if you just use your brain.
Washing your hands throughout the day is key in not picking up bacteria and sickness. It’s simple to do.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and then wash your hands.
Hand sanitizer has been essential in keeping the spreading of Covid-19. Keep a small bottle with you or you can even use Allimax gel or cream. With it’s antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties, Allicin is a natural hand sanitizer. While when initially applied there is a garlic smell, this dissipates quickly.
Go into cold and flu season prepared and without fear. Take the steps to take care of you and your family and you too can remain healthy and happy and enjoying the crisp fall weather.