As we head into the fall season, the excitement of the changing leaves and bounty of Thanksgiving can sometimes distract us from the inevitable challenges our immune systems will be facing as a result of the changing weather and arrival of the new cold and flu season.
5 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TIP TOP
- SLEEP – most adults need 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night – make it a priority
- EAT WELL – a diet rich in veggies, with enough high-quality protein, minimal sugar and/or processed foods, will go a long way to keeping your immune system in fighting mode
- EXERCISE - regular physical activity helps you sleep better, reduces stress, and helps your immune function
- LESS ALCOHOL - cut back on your alcohol consumption and if you smoke, give it up
- TAKE YOUR VITAMINS - start with a good multivitamin and add on as needed
Much of the messaging at this time focusses on nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, etc., more recently vitamin D, which are all important and can be helpful in minimizing the severity and duration of colds and flus. However, something that doesn’t receive the attention that it should, is a high quality, potent, multi vitamin mineral supplement. Adding a few extra immune boosting nutrients when we feel a cold coming is a great habit to get into, but it’s critical that we provide all the nutrients we require for optimum immune function on a daily basis. Building a strong, fully functioning immune system requires more than just the aforementioned vitamins. Vitamin A is critical for a healthy respiratory system, b vitamins are essential during times of stress (folic acid in particular), minerals such as selenium, magnesium, copper, and iron, are critical for proper immune function, and the list goes on.
A simple analogy I like to use is adding a handful of nutrients to an underperforming immune system is like adding a turbo charger to a car whose engine is performing poorly. In order to maximize the benefits of additional vitamin C, D, zinc, etc., it’s important to have a healthy, well-functioning system to begin with.
This is where our High Performance Multi comes in. It provides super high potencies of all the essential vitamins, in active, easily used forms, as well as a full spectrum of highly absorbable minerals and trace minerals. The addition of botanicals and phytonutrient antioxidants further strengthen immune function. In fact, our formula is licensed and permitted to claim ‘Supports Healthy Immune Function’ by Health Canada.
2-4 capsules daily are all you need to maintain and ensure a healthy strong immune system year-round. For consumers that have difficulty with capsules, or have pill fatigue, our Super Alimentaire All-In is an excellent alternative. While it’s doesn’t contain the spectrum and potency of our High Potency Multi, one serving does provide over 50% of the RDA of over 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as the phytonutrient equivalent of 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies. You can also use them together, for extra nutrient protection, if you like.