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How to Boost Your Immune System This Winter

How to Boost Your Immune System This Winter

Winter typically means more time spent indoors and a time when germs are easily spread—this can lead us to get sick more frequently.  On top of that, lack of exposure to sunlight increases the likelihood of a vitamin D deficiency, which diminishes immune response. The good news is there are many ways to fight off illness or drastically reduce your chances of getting sick by giving your immunity extra support during cold winter times.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known to bring a myriad of health benefits and promote our health and wellbeing. It's a powerful antioxidant that helps to strengthen our body's natural defences against infections, bacteria, and viruses.

Sources of Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, orange juice, kiwi fruit, blackcurrant, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, and red/green peppers.

 

Zinc

It's an essential mineral with potent antioxidant properties that plays a central role in keeping the immune system strong and decreasing susceptibility to a variety of pathogens. Because our body doesn't naturally produce zinc, we must ensure its intake through food or supplements. 

Sources of Zinc: Red meat, poultry, oysters, fortified cereals, whole grains, beans, and nuts

 

*However, you need to be careful not to consume more than the recommended daily allowance of 10mg.

 

Echinacea

The health properties of echinacea have been known for centuries and are scientifically proven. Echinacea plants are loaded with plant compounds that function as antioxidants, helping to stimulate the activity of the immune system during colds, flu, upper respiratory tract infections or bladder infections.

 

Propolis

Propolis has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties because of its high polyphenol content, making propolis highly effective against viral infections and wound healing, such as herpes and mouth abscesses.

  

Try Elixir Immune Aid by Novo Vita

Our unique formula has a warming lemon flavour and contains everything you need to keep your immune system strong and healthy during these cold seasons! It is free of additives or artificial flavours and sweeteners too!

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