Monday 15 October 2018

Beta glucans support your immune system


By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Last week I wrote about the signs of weakened immunity. This week I will talk about the remedies that can support your immune system to help prevent you from getting colds and flu this winter.

If you're particularly prone to infection you may well need an army to support and strengthen your immune system. You may need a combination of remedies to protect you.

Supplements like Natures Aid Beta Glucan Immune Support, contain a number of nutrients to support immunity. Beta Glucans prevent viruses impregnating the cells by putting a shield around the cell wall. This product can help regulate, and stimulate the immune system making it more efficient at killing off the bad guys. It also contains garlic which on its own is an excellent remedy to treat and prevent colds, and is a natural antibiotic. It contains elderberries, a natural antiviral remedy which is also great for respiratory infections. It includes important nutrients like Vitamin A, C, D, and Zinc and Selenium. This is a fantastic mix of immune supporting nutrients that may help to prevent the vicious cycle of getting one infection after the other.

A.Vogel Echinacea is a herbal remedy which if taken early enough can prevent you getting a cold in the first place. If you already have a cold it can help reduce the duration, and the symptoms of your cold. When taken regularly it can reduce the number of recurring infections. It works by strengthening the immune system, helping to maintain the body's resistance.

Zinc, Vitamin C, and D are important nutrients. Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, add a tablespoon to your breakfast, yoghurt or simply have them as a snack. Vitamin C is abundant in goji berries, acai berries, kiwis, blackcurrants, oranges, kale and Brussels sprouts. It's more difficult to get Vitamin D from food and it's one of the most important vitamins to prevent viral infections. It would be a good idea to take a Vitamin D supplement.

A healthy level of good gut bacteria is crucial. Either take a good probiotic supplement or eat kefir, yogurt with live bacteria, tempeh, or Miso to ensure that you have adequate levels of these beneficial gut bacteria.

Call into your local health store to see what they would recommend. They will have their favourites that work for them too.

Wexford People

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